Botox is a neuromodulator used for decades in medical and cosmetic fields, but many patients ask their dermatologist is botox safe?
At Southeastern Dermatology in Knoxville, Dr. Matthew Doppelt is often approached by patients who are interested in Botox as an anti-aging solution. Botox has been around for many decades. It first started out as a muscle relaxer for various medical conditions including cervical dystonia and patients suffering from chronic migraine headaches. Over time, it was found that a side effect of Botox was smoother skin due to reduced muscle contractions. This is how botox became approved for getting rid of wrinkles.
Is Botox Safe?
Clinical studies have shown that it is effective and safe to use for patients who are interested in turning back the hands of time. Botox is injected directly into specific muscles of the face that cause dynamic wrinkles such as glabellar lines (the lines between the eyebrows), forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet or the lines around the eyes. Instead of undergoing plastic surgery such as a face-lift to achieve a more youthful look, patients find that Botox injections can achieve similar results for those who are dealing with mild to moderate signs of aging without undergoing surgery.
Is Botox Safe During Pregnancy?
There have been no Botox studies on pregnant women, so there is no way to know. However, it is better to play it safe little bundle. Same goes for breastfeeding. While the data is unknown, it is best practice not to take the risk.
As with any medical or cosmetic procedure, Dr. Matthew Doppelt and the team at Southeastern Dermatology encourage patients to learn as much as they can about Botox. It is completely safe and patients will not experience allergic reactions. However, a common side effect is redness and tenderness at the injection site that goes away within a day of the appointment. Patients will notice that the fine lines and wrinkles on the face are greatly reduced over the course of about a week, and can enjoy the results for approximately three months following their initial injections. To keep the results going and slow the overall signs of aging, patients can continue to get regular injections every 3 to 4 months or as needed.
If you live in the Knoxville area and are ready to find out more about the wonders of Botox injections, contact the team at Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule an appointment with board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Matthew Doppelt.