3 Safety Tips for Cosmetic Botox Injections
A lot of cosmetic solutions have been sought by people who want to keep their skin looking young and healthy. None of these solutions however can beat Botox treatments in terms of popularity and effectiveness. In the US alone, it is the most common cosmetic procedure undertaken with an estimated 4.6 million cosmetic Botox treatments done every year. The rising demand for an effective and quick-acting solution to wrinkles has driven up the popularity of the treatment.
Lately however, there have been increased cases of botched Botox treatments either due to the inexperience of the person applying the treatment or a poor quality replacement for Botox. The results of these botched injections have been serious health side effects and permanent facial damage. With the increasing demand for Botox injections, people are more willing to go for cheaper treatments from people who are not even experts. These treatments are in most cases not FDA approved. In fact, some shady salons have been known to use substances other than Botox usually with horrifying results.
One important thing to understand is that Botox itself is a highly toxic substance and can lead to a fatal health condition known as botulism. In minute amounts however, the treatment can be highly effective without being toxic. As much as you want your skin to retain its youthful looks, you also have to remember that your health comes first. Do not do anything that compromises it. The following three safety tips should help you look young while staying safe.
1. Get it Done at the Right Place
In an effort to keep costs down, people make the mistake of seeking Botox treatment in shady places that charge low prices. Others even attempt to inject themselves at home. Botox treatment is a medical procedure and as such should only be carried out in a medical setting. Do not go to a salon or the mall for treatment. Even more importantly, do not attempt to carry out the procedure by yourself at home; it could have serious and permanent health consequences.
Whether you are in New York, Amsterdam or London there are numerous places where you can get proper Botox treatments. You can use the internet to find legit clinics that offer these treatments. Be sure to read reviews and research the background of a clinic before choosing it. Alternatively, you can get your doctor to refer you to a safe and licensed place where you can undergo the procedure.
One advantage of getting it done in a medical setting is that the doctor will be able to examine you for suitability of Botox injections. This is because certain medical conditions may exclude some people from being suitable for the Botox treatment.
2. Get it done by a skilled and experienced doctor
It may sound as if getting a Botox injection is simple and involves only basic knowledge. This is not so. For one, you have to be evaluated to determine whether you are the right candidate for Botox treatment. Secondly, the amount of Botox applied has to be accurate otherwise your health may be in danger. Make sure that whoever does the procedure is competent to carry it out and licensed to do so. This of course starts with going to the right place to get the treatment. Do not under any circumstances be tempted to get the operation done by someone promising much lower costs; you will live to regret it.
3. Make sure that the treatment is real and approved
If you do some research on botched Botox treatments you will realize that in most cases the biggest problem was the product used. You may even come across horrific stories of people who were injected with glue or some other substance. You should therefore be extremely careful about what you are being injected with. The product should be the real thing and most importantly it should be approved by medical authorities such as the FDA. Again, most people are lured by the extremely low costs of Botox alternatives and the results are never pleasant.
It is recommended that before you go in for the treatment for Botox, read what medical authorities have to say on it; where should it be used and in what amounts. Do not be ignorant.