Just How Safe Is Botox?

Just How Safe Is Botox?

Should our Chelmsford patients be concerned about this facial aesthetics treatment?

From time to time, a story about Botox treatment arises in the national newspapers. In the vast majority of cases, this involves a celebrity who has had the treatment and the results have been disastrous.

This, inevitably, makes some people cautious about having this treatment.

Like many stories that are written to attract readers though, many details are often missed out in order to make the story more ‘sensational’. If we were able to delve deeper into these cases, we would find that there was more to the story that we initially read.

Botox is safe

To be clear; Botox is safe providing that it is used correctly. Yes, it does derive from a toxin, but, in the small doses that should be used, this does not present a health problem at all in a healthy patient. We will always check that you are a suitable candidate for Botox treatment and, for example, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding,  we will not perform this procedure for you.

The treatment works by injecting small quantities of Botox just under the skin in the area where the lines and wrinkles are. This then works by blocking the nerves that cause us to frown, for example, leaving patients with smoother, younger looking skin.

The myths

Having dispelled the safety concerns, let us take a look at a few of the myths surrounding Botox.

It will leave me expressionless – It is not true that, administered correctly, your face will be a blank expression that is incapable of smiling or frowning. This type of result can only apply when too high a dose has been administered. The only change in your appearance that you should see is that of smoother skin with far fewer wrinkles.

My lips will look ridiculous – Again, this will not be the case. It is in fact, dermal fillers which are commonly used to plump up the lips and this will be administered safely by our Chelmsford facial aesthetics team if required to supplement other facial treatments.

But what about (insert bad celebrity result)? – Going back to the sensationalist celebrity stories; these most likely occur due to the desire to compete with other celebrities. Whilst it may be desirable to have fuller lips, most of us would not want this to be too exaggerated. However, it does appear to be part of the some celebrities lifestyles to take some body modifications to extremes. Because many reputable practices will refuse to perform more extreme treatments (including ourselves!), this can result in them seeking out unqualified practitioners or those who will push the boundaries too far. A combination of poor skills and too high doses of Botox, can lead to this type of extreme modification.

You can be sure that, when you visit Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford Essex, you will be treated by both fully qualified and experienced facial aesthetic practitioners. We are always happy to discuss any concerns that you have and will explain the procedures in detail with you during your consultation.

To book a consultation with a facial aesthetics practitioner at our local clinic, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.

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