Botox® is a non-surgical procedure that involves injection of botulinum toxin into problem areas in order to diminish the visibility of lines, wrinkles, and improve overall appearance. The botox® functions by blocking nerve impulses to specific muscles, keeping them relaxed and not allowing wrinkles to appear. Botox® also is able to prevent excessive sweating by blocking neurotransmitters that stimulate the sweat glands.

Botox® is produced from a neurotoxin that is created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In many instances, people are nervous about getting botox® treatment as this bacterium is associated with a severe form of food poisoning, botulism. In spite of this fact, botulism can only be caused when extremely large amounts of the bacteria are present and when transferred through food, water or soil. The very, very low doses injected during botox® treatment have shown no risk at causing botulism, alleviating any fears associated with receiving botox®.

Another common fear associated with botox® is the fear of losing facial expressions or developing droopy eyelids, lips or brows. While there is quite a low chance of these results occurring, the risk is further diminished when botox® is administered correctly, by a trained professional. On the other hand, there is a concern that botox® will cause the opposite issue by making the face look too tight. Although getting too much botox® can potentially produce a fake look, when administered correctly and in the right amount, the chance of “fakeness” occurring is very slim.

Overall, botox® does have potential risks associated which are important to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to partake in this aesthetic procedure. While these risks are valid, the majority of these side effects are only a result of poor injector techniques and typically disappear quickly. As the risks of receiving botox® are minor, the benefits of botox® such as younger looking skin and prevention of excessive sweat production make botox® an appealing nonsurgical way to improve appearance at any age!

If you are interested in learning more about botox®, schedule your free consult at Northwestern Plastic Surgery Department with Dr. John Kim today!