Is Botox® Cosmetic Safe?

botox cosmetic dermal filler plastic surgery virginia washington dcBOTOX® Cosmetic has been one of the most popular procedures for erasing the signs of aging on the face for the last 15 years. Millions of people use the product to temporarily smooth out and reduce wrinkles and lines on the face and forehead. As with any plastic surgery procedure, especially dermal fillers, people want to know that the treatment they’re receiving is safe.

At New Image Plastic Surgery, we’re happy to tell you that BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the safest options for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines around the face. BOTOX® was approved by the FDA in 2002 for use on the face and since then continues to be one of the most sought-after wrinkle treatments in the U.S. It’s been the subject of many clinical trials and over 400 peer-reviewed articles in medical and scientific journals.

While its safety is known, as with any plastic surgery treatment there are risks of side-effects. The side-effects are generally rare but possible, and include:

  • Allergic reactions to ingredients
  • Headaches
  • Temporary muscle weakness
  • Minor swelling in treatment area
  • Nausea

BOTOX® is also not recommended for women who are pregnant and for those with certain medical conditions. BOTOX® should only be administered to adults aged 18 years and older. Questions regarding candidacy can be answered at your consultation.

The most important consideration for safe BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is having the procedure performed by a qualified professional. Getting your treatment from a board-certified plastic surgeon or injectable specialist ensures that you’ll receive quality work safely with natural-looking results.

If you’re interested in learning more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and if it’s the right treatment for you, contact our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside at 703-742-8004. We’re proud to offer services to those who live in Reston, Fairfax, McLean, Virginia, and Washington D.C.