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August 19th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass

A Guide to Safe Botox Practices


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Last week we talked about crow’s feet and how to treat those unsightly “laugh” lines. We looked at preventative measures, but we also looked at Botox.

Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the US today. By a long shot. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nearly 4.6 million Americans had some form of Botox treatment in 2016. With so many people getting interested in Botox, as well as similar neuromodulators like Dysport and Xeomin, the first question they often ask is: is Botox safe?

The answer is yes, Botox is safe.

However, that doesn’t mean you should go out and get yourself Botox right away. As a potential consumer and patient, it’s important to do your homework and follow some safe practices when considering Botox. Today we’re going to look at the right and wrong ways to get Botox.

What is It

Botox Cosmetic is an injectable protein called Botulinum Toxin Type A. Typically, Botox is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. Botox is injected beneath the skin, blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles that cause facial lines. This relaxes the muscles, and gives the face a smoother, softer appearance.

Botox is completely safe when injected in the right doses, and in the right areas.

When it’s not, that’s when you see things like the “frozen” face, or the over-arched brow, or drooping eyes and mouths. These are all signs of a bad botox treatment, and they’re usually the result of too much Botox, or a bad practitioner.

When done right, the results of Botox are subtle and often unnoticeable to the untrained eye. So how do you avoid bad Botox, and what steps can you take to get the best treatment possible?

What to Look For

Find the right practitioner. This is the most important part of any Botox treatment.

It can mean the difference between good Botox and bad Botox. Is your injector a nurse or a doctor?  How long have they been injecting?  Do they have online reviews from Yelp, Google, or Facebook which speak directly about other patient’s experiences?

The right practitioner should understand and be able to identify your specific facial needs. The right practitioner should take the time to evaluate you. They should be asking you how you want to look. They should be having a conversation with you. Lots of practitioners simply use a template, a “one-size-fits-all” approach. They use the same four or five shots in the same frown line areas, and they send you on your way. doctor holding a Botox injection

I’ve had 30 years’ experience with injectables, and I can tell you every patient who gets Botox is a unique case. Their facial expressions are different. They have different smiles. They raise and lower their eyebrows in a unique way. They furl their brows differently. All these things should be taken into account. The best looking Botox is often a matter of millimeters, and having a practitioner who understands the nuances of your face means better, more natural results.

Another important practice for safe Botox is to make sure your injector is using branded products. Brand names like Botox or Dysport come with quality assurances. They’re FDA approved and scientifically tested. Places that tout outrageous discounts and “clearance” prices can often be a sign of second-hand or bootleg Botox. Generic or off-brand products that haven’t been tested can be dangerous. If a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is. When it’s something as important as the face you wear, looking for the best deal is not always the best option.

Better Safe than Sorry

As the number of Botox treatments increases, and more and more people become interested in treating fine lines and wrinkles, it’s important to educate yourself on the best practices of Botox. While it’s never been easier and safer to get Botox, there are still precautions that every patient should consider. Don’t look for the cheapest deal, look for the best deal. And most important of all, find a practitioner who will take the time to understand you and your face.

If you’ve been considering Botox for the first time, Esteem is offering $50 off your first Botox treatment for a limited time.

If you’ve always thought about getting Botox, or are curious about treatment options, call or come in for a free consultation, and talk with an experienced injector who can evaluate and assess your cosmetic needs. 775.204.3508