Is Botox® Dangerous? Unpacking Botox® Myths

If you’re thinking of getting Botox®, you’re right to do some research to make sure it’s a good choice for you. Botox® is a drug used to treat muscular conditions and cosmetically to relax away wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles. It’s made from purified neurotoxin, and is effective in blocking nerve activity. Botox® use is widespread, but misinformation abounds.

Myth #1: Botox® Is Dangerous and Toxic

There are safety concerns and side effects that come with any medication, and that includes Botox®. These can range from fatigue, nausea, or headache to more serious ones such as chest pain. But such effects are unusual and very uncommon. Botox® injections are an FDA-approved procedure, and are perfectly safe when overseen by a doctor – even over years of use.

Also, Botox® is designed for a localized diffusion, which means that most side effects you have should be limited in scope to the injection site. However, knock-off or phony Botox® has been linked to serious problems, ranging from skin infections to respiratory arrest and even death. If you’ve heard of people having issues with Botox®, it’s likely that they were using black market sources.

Myth #2: It’s Fine to Get Botox® from Non-Medical Sources

Anytime you get something on the cheap, you run the risk of getting fake product. Now, that’s not such a big deal when you’re buying designer clothes, but when you’re talking about pharmaceutical items injected into your body, there are safety considerations to think about. Botox® is a brand name made by Allergan, and is quality-controlled and researched.

If you buy off the black market, you may very well be getting something that’s contaminated or otherwise harmful. Even if you end up getting the real thing that had been exported out of the country and then re-imported cheaply, you don’t know what has happened to the Botox® in the meantime. Don’t risk it.

Myth #3: You Don’t Need A Medical Professional to Administer Botox®

You can certainly get Botox® injections from any number of salons and other venues, but the truth is, Botox® is best injected by a doctor or trained cosmetic surgeon. Laws may vary by state on who can administer Botox® injections. In the state of Georgia only MD, PA and NP can inject Botox®. RN’s can also if certified and under the direct supervision of a MD.

While rare, side effects do happen, and medical professionals are the best people to help treat any complications that may arise. These types of procedures require specialized training to be safely administered. Also, if you get Botox from someone other than a trained professional, your risk of getting black market Botox® is much higher. Stick to the straight-and-narrow for your Botox® experience.

The fact is, Botox® can help you with fine lines and wrinkles, and can temporarily improve your appearance in a safe and effective way. But you don’t want to skimp on quality. We’re talking about your face here – and your health. If you’re interested in benefiting from Botox®, we recommend that you go to a respected cosmetic medical practitioner, ask questions, and make sure you feel secure and confident that you’re getting the best products and the best care.