What Are The Risks Of Botox?

A little more about this popular facial aesthetics procedure.

As providers of facial aesthetic treatments at our Clapham practice, we sometimes hear from new patients who are considering Botox for reducing skin wrinkles but are concerned about “scare stories” they have seen in the media.

We are always happy to help patients with their enquiries, and, in this blog, we take a look at why Botox has earned this perhaps undeserved reputation, and reveal the real truth about it.

Extremes

Most people’s concerns about Botox seem to have originated in somewhat sensationalist articles in magazines or newspapers. Images of people, very often celebrities, with lip enhancements that have gone very obviously wrong, or facial features that make them appear frozen and emotionless have been seen time and time again, leading many to question the safety of this procedure. The reality is that, in nearly all of these cases, there are two potential likely causes of these problems. Firstly, the people applying these treatments may lack the experience or training and therefore inject an excessive amount of the Botox by accident.

Secondly, if the procedure is carried out without the correct levels of cleanliness or hygiene, infections can occur leading to all sorts of secondary issues.

Safety

We would like to assure patients of the Confidental Clinic that all of our staff who work in facial aesthetics are fully trained and have an ethical approach to these treatments. Whilst we are happy to help our patients to achieve their aims, we also reserve the right to decline to treat a patient if we feel that their request is unrealistic or potentially harmful. The reality is that whilst Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced from a bacteria called clostridium botulinum, it is perfectly safe in normal use, and when applied by skilled professionals.

A small amount of this toxin is all that is needed and is injected, using a very fine needle, just underneath the skin. The toxin works by gradually paralysing the muscles that cause the skin to wrinkle. Dermal fillers are also used in a similar manner and are often used to create fuller lips as well as treat deep wrinkles and sunken cheeks.

We understand some people’s concerns about these treatments and are very happy to discuss them with you to alleviate any concerns that you might have. If you would like to reduce the wrinkles on your skin, or, perhaps, have fuller lips, why not call our Clapham facial aesthetics team at the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 90060.