A new study published in JAMA Dermatology reports that BOTOX, along with other plastic surgery treatments like injectable fillers and laser skin treatments are very safe, with a very low rate of minor side effects. Some of the minor side effects reported include bruising, discoloration, or lumpiness, but even these occur in less than 1 percent of cases.
The study looked at procedures that can be performed without anesthesia and have short recovery times, including:
- BOTOX: used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Laser treatment: used to remove hair, eliminate tattoos and discolorations, and tighten skin
- Injectable fillers: used to plump up skin to improve appearance of wrinkles, lips, and features
The study evaluated over 20,000 procedures performed by 23 dermatologists looking for adverse events. While BOTOX is derived from the botulinum toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria, it was found to be less likely to cause adverse reactions than many other procedures. Side effects were reported in just 1 in 3,333 cases involving neurotoxins like Botox, whereas injectable fillers caused lumpiness or beading in about 1 in 135 cases.
The safety of these procedures means that it may be advantageous to perform several small treatments rather than risk the higher rates of complications from plastic surgeries that require going under anesthesia. It’s important to understand that these results come from experienced, board-certified physicians.
If you would like to find out more about BOTOX from our experienced Denver plastic surgery office, please call Grossman Plastic Surgery at 866-221-9655 or contact us through our website.