BOTOX® Cosmetic is an effective way to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause them. While BOTOX® Cosmetic is derived from botulinum toxin type A, a bacterium-produced neuromuscular toxin that can be deadly in a pure state, it is only harmful if ingested. If you follow the proper procedure and inject BOTOX® Cosmetic at the correct areas of your face, the treatment causes no harm.

BOTOX® Cosmetic procedures are non-invasive, which means there is no surgery involved. Therefore, you have no risk of contracting botulism. There is little to no recovery time after a procedure. It is safe to have multiple injections performed, and this treatment is much less risky than invasive cosmetic surgery options.

The best way to learn more about the safety and effectiveness of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments is to speak with Dr. Roberta Gartside in person. Please call (888) 730-4113 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Washington DC area.

The FDA’s Role

BOTOX® Cosmetic was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating facial wrinkles and creases in 2002. Thirteen years prior, BOTOX® Cosmetic was approved by the FDA to treat blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking), strabismus (crossed eyes) and cervical dystonia (neck spasms). 

FDA approval is a major indicator that BOTOX® Cosmetic is safe and does not lead to long-term paralysis or other bodily harm. In fact, by temporarily paralyzing specified muscles, BOTOX® Cosmetic has a number of other medical uses, such as the treatment of:  

  • Uncontrollable sweating
  • Incontinence and bladder disorders
  • Migraines
  • Jaw clenching
  • Spasms in the neck
  • Hemifacial (facial) spasms

Some people incorrectly believe that by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles, it will cause their face to remain in a state of paralysis for weeks. But this is not true. Because BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are so specified, the treatment will not spread to other areas of administered correctly.

That being said, the primary risk associated with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections is having the treatment performed by an unqualified professional. BOTOX® Cosmetic parties, for example, are one way that the treatment is used incorrectly and the results can be dangerous. If injected incorrectly, you may suffer serious health complications. This is why it’s essential to have BOTOX® Cosmetic injections administered by a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Roberta Gartside.

For more information about BOTOX® Cosmetic, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 730-4113 today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Roberta Gartside serves patients in McLean, Fairfax, and Reston, Virginia, and throughout the Washington DC area.