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Posted by: Sunshine | 2007/06/07

Botox

Does Botox work?
Is it safe?

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Hello Sunshine, thank you for the question.
In a nutshell Botulinum Toxin Type A (Allergan) is a safe and effective way of treating wrinkles that are created with facial movements, such as the crow’s feet, frown and forehead (there are other cosmetic uses). However, this safety profile is dependant on the dosage used, the technique of injecting (experience of the injector), and the area of the face or neck that the doctor injects.
There have been no deaths reported with the administration of Botox for cosmetic use, and the commonest side effect reported is ptosis or a droop of muscles, particularly the eyelids and the forehead. The incidence rate for these types of complications (world wide) are reported to occur in just less than 1 in a 100 patients injected. However, I firmly believe that by injecting conservatively this complication rate can be dramatically reduced.

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