Many people rely on Botox to either prevent or reverse the signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines. However, some are understandably concerned before having anything like a chemical injected into their body. If you've been scared of the idea of Botox poisoning you, then here's what you should know about its safety. You have nothing to fear from it.
What Botox Is
Botox is a type of protein that's gathered from a specific strain of bacteria. You may have heard the chemical that Botox is taken from described as a neurotoxin. This is true, but it's not cause for alarm.
Botox is designed to produce partial paralyzation of the muscles it's injected near. This is how it provides its wrinkle-reducing effect. While it's true that the chemical Botox is derived from could be harmful in massive doses, Botox injections have been carefully studied and tested, proving that it's a safe and effective method for reducing the appearance of wrinkles when it's provided by a licensed dermatologist or doctor. The truth is, nearly anything can be harmful to you in large enough quantities, and the amount of chemical provided in Botox is nowhere near dangerous levels.
Years of Safety
Botox was introduced in the late 1980s as a cosmetic procedure, and since then, many people from average citizens to Hollywood superstars have used it. Like with any medical procedure, the outcomes and effects of Botox have been studied, and scientists and doctors have found it safe. While some cosmetic procedures have been altered in order to improve safety, like placing a stronger shell over a silicone breast implant to prevent leakage, not much has changed with Botox injections since their inception. If anything, less of the chemical is used in injections now than in the past, making it even safer.
Another thing to consider is that the chemical in Botox is considered a neurotoxin, meaning that it can impact the brain. But, in order to reach the brain, the chemical has to pass through the blood-brain barrier. This would be difficult even if it were injected into a vein, which it isn't.
Botox is injected under the skin and into muscle tissue. It's never injected into a vein or artery. This means the Botox stays where it belongs and provides the effect that it's designed to strictly in the area where it's utilized. It can't travel to the brain or blood supply from there. Reach out to a professional for more information about cosmetic injection procedures.