Whether you know it or not, it is highly likely that someone you know has had Botox injections to address wrinkles, lines, and other facial imperfections. By leaps and bounds, it is and has been the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. In 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans received 7,437,378 Botox treatments, a staggering 845% increase since 2000. In comparison, the second most popular procedure in 2018, dermal fillers, was performed only 2.6 million times.
Despite millions upon millions of people receiving Botox over the past two decades, those considering getting Botox still have questions about the procedure. Dr. Mariano Busso has given countless Botox injections to thousands of satisfied patients over the years and continues to be a leader in the field of minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. During that time, he has learned that prospective Botox patients want and need to know the answers to three basic questions before going ahead.
Is It Safe?
Even if you know little about Botox, you probably know that Botox Cosmetic injections are made from botulinum toxin A. While the FDA approved Botox almost 20 years ago, words like “botulism” and “toxin” don’t exactly scream “safe.” But the reality is that Botox injections are extraordinarily safe when administered by a trained medical professional.
In 2014, the first large scale study of Botox and other neurotoxins used in dermatological and cosmetic procedures was published in the medical journal JAMA Dermatology. The researchers reviewed over 20,000 separate procedures and found only 48 adverse events; an amazingly low 0.24% rate of complications.
But the very last sentence of the Northwestern study makes a key point about Botox safety: “Patients seeking such procedures can be reassured that, at least in the hands of trained board-certified dermatologists, they pose minimal risk.”
The risks of Botox injections can increase dramatically if performed by someone lacking the necessary training and experience to administer the treatment correctly. Anyone considering Botox should look with extreme skepticism at storefronts or other places advertising Botox treatments if they don’t confirm that a board-certified physician is the one who will be giving you the injection.
Does It Hurt?
Depending on your treatment area, Botox injection sessions usually last between 10-30 minutes. Because Botox is minimally invasive, it is unlikely you will feel much pain during or after the treatment, if you feel any pain or discomfort at all. Of course, different people have different sensitivities and tolerance for pain, but for the overwhelming majority of patients, Botox is a pain-free experience.
That said, some patients experience some minor and short-term reactions immediately following treatment, such as small, red bumps at the injection site. These usually subside within 30 minutes, and patients can get back to work and all of their usual activities upon leaving our clinic.
Does It Work?
Any product that continues to grow in popularity after 20 years on the market must be doing something right. The reason so many people – young and old, men and women – continue to get Botox injections is because Botox works and the results are visible almost immediately. Optimal results take around two weeks to appear fully, but you’ll see a significant difference just a few days after your procedure. The effects will last for approximately three to four months
Call Dr. Busso Today to Learn More About Botox
Board-certified Miami Aesthetic Dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso is a leading expert in the field of injectable cosmetic medicine, including the use of Botox. Call us today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation and learn more about Botox.