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Is Botox Really Safe?

Posted January 27, 2013 under Botox® - No comments

Botox has been around for years. Botox is NOT botulism. It is impossible to get botulism from a Botox injection. Botox is safer than penicillin and safer than eating peanuts! The major problem with Botox is that you will probably like it so much that you will want to keep getting your injections over and over.

Dr. Sinclair's Response

I have been treating patients with Botox for years. I have given 1000's of injections. Even so, I get asked almost everyday, "Is Botox safe". The answer is clearly yes.

First Botox is created in a lab. It is a protein. Proteins are not living organisms. There is no way for proteins to reproduce. They breakdown very quickly once they are injected. In fact, Botox only lasts about 15 minutes in your body after it is injected. Read that again. 15 minutes, not 3 months.

So if Botox only lasts 15 minutes, how do the results last for 3-4 months? When Botox is injected, it is absorbed by the nerves that make your muscles move. Once inside the nerve, the Botox binds to another protein called SNAP-25 and dissolves the SNAP-25. It takes about 2-3 months for the nerve to make new SNAP-25 proteins. Without SNAP-25 proteins, the nerve does not know how to tell the muscles to move. As soon as the SNAP-25 proteins are regenerated, everything goes back to normal!

Botox allergies are extremely rare. You are much more likely to get sick from eating a peanut due to an undiagnosed peanut allergy. More people are injured in the USA from peanuts every year than those injured from Botox in the entire history of Botox's existence!

What about droopy eyelids? Yes, that happens sometimes. If your doctor injects too much Botox or if he injects any in the wrong spot, you can get a droopy eye lid. Going to an experienced doctor helps reduce the risk of getting a droopy eyelid. It it does happen, there are eyedrops that can be used to make your eyelid stop drooping. Furthermore, the effect is temporary.

What about the "surprised look" after Botox? If your eye brows get raised too much, it is easy to fix the problem Any experienced Botox injector will know exactly how to fix an eyebrow that goes too high. That is why it is important to find somebody that has experience with Botox injections.

What about pain and bruising? Again, an experienced injector knows how to minimize both pain and bruising. We use special 33 gauge needles make for injection Botox. These needles are so small you can barely feel them, and they cause very minimal bruising.

In summary Botox is safe and effective. Just make sure you get your Botox from an experienced injector.



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