There is no shortage of reports about “Botox gone bad,” thanks to a bevy of celebs seeking out the procedure today. However, while the negative stories about the cosmetic treatment never seem to fail to make it into the press, success stories tend to be harder to come by. How do we know whether Botox is a good choice for us? The answer begins first and foremost with your choice of a physician to administer your treatment.
The Allure of Botox Treatments
Botox treatments have become quite popular – not just for the patients looking for a younger appearance, but also for physicians that have seen how lucrative these treatments can be. Unfortunately, this has led to numerous doctors advertising their Botox services, even if they are not properly trained or experienced in the procedure. If you choose one of these inexperienced physicians for your treatment, it is anyone’s guess how your results will turn out.
When Botox is improperly administered, it can result in some of the following negative side effects:
Drooping lips that lead to a “perpetual frown”
Drooping in the outer corners of the eyes
Eyebrows that can sag over the upper eyelid
Uneven smile or eye position
The good news is when you select an experienced physician for your treatment, studies have shown those types of side effects are both rare and temporary.
Evidence of Botox Safety
A recent study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology found that Botox carries a very low rate of minor side effects when the procedure is performed by an experienced, trained physician. Researchers looked at more than 20,000 procedures performed by 23 dermatologists in the U.S. over a three-month period, including injectable treatments like Botox. They found that minor side effects, such as bruising and swelling, occurred in less than one percent of the procedures performed. No serious side effects occurred during any of the procedures.
While this study focused primarily on the safety of these procedures, other studies have also shown a high satisfaction rate with procedures like Botox. However, to ensure you are in this majority, it is important to do your homework before you book a Botox treatment. Find out how many Botox injections the physician has performed and asked to see before and after photos of previous patient.
By doing your due diligence before undergoing your Botox procedure, you significantly reduce your risk for any type of side effects from your procedure. While Botox in the wrong hands can create undesirable, unattractive results, in the hands of an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon the results are usually quite the opposite. At Linia, we perform dozens of Botox injections every month and will carefully administer your treatment to ensure the best possible results. To learn more, contact the Linia team at 0845.230.1700.