Botox has been around for decades, and its popularity isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, even as other injectables continue to come onto the market. If anything, Botox’s fan club has only expanded, now that men, younger women, and people suffering from certain medical conditions have discovered how many benefits the treatment has.
The best thing about Botox is that not only is it non-invasive and incredibly effective, but it’s also extremely safe. It’s an FDA-approved drug with decades of proof that it’s safe when administered by a trained expert.
But what about the safety of Botox long-term? Is it really okay to get Botox injections year after year? Let’s look into it.
How Botox Works
Botox is a neuromodulator made from botulinum toxin type A. The drug works by blocking certain nerves and limiting the movements of muscles that are responsible for causing “dynamic” wrinkles that form from repetitive facial expressions. Although many people are alarmed when they hear the word “toxin,” botulinum toxin treatments are very safe in a controlled medical setting.
Once the drug has been injected, it takes a week or two to take full effect. Patients will still be able to express themselves normally, but the lines and wrinkles caused by muscle contractions will be reduced or eliminated. The results last 3-4 months, on average.
Why People Use Botox Long-Term
Some people are confused about why a person would want to use Botox for years and years—until they get their first treatment. Once you see the amazing anti-aging results of Botox injections, it can be tough to go back to your old look. The drug is so effective at reducing lines and wrinkles that many people never want to see them come back!
Another reason patients choose to continue Botox injections is for medical reasons. The treatment can be used to treat problems like excessive sweating, migraines, and erratic eye movements. People who need Botox for these and other medical issues will see their symptoms return in a few months without ongoing treatment.
Is Botox Really That Safe?
Pretty much anyone can get Botox injections without worrying about having a severe reaction. Any side effects (which are usually mild) are likely to go away within a week or two. These can include mild swelling and bruising at the injection site, tenderness, and headache. More severe side effects are extremely rare, and more often due to provider error than the drug itself.
There are risks to any cosmetic procedure, but Botox is about as safe as it gets. It’s got a decades-long track record of safety and effectiveness that should put your mind at ease. It’s important to choose an expert injector, however, to avoid issues caused by poor technique, like droopy eyelids.
Many people get Botox treatments three or four times annually, year after year. Many people can’t take the time off from work to recover from plastic surgery or simply don’t want to deal with the risks and downtime of a cosmetic surgical procedure.
While there are no guarantees, the number of Botox treatments performed on patients on an indefinite basis is a good indicator that it’s safe to use the drug long-term. Plastic surgeons are comfortable with the safety of Botox for most patients and will assess candidates for any risk factors prior to the first treatment.
The Biggest Risk: It’ll Stop Working
While it’s safe to get touch-up treatments with Botox on a regular basis, there is one known risk to continuing treatments: that you may develop an immunity. In some people, Botox eventually stops working because the body adapts and develops an immunity to the drug. When this occurs, the wrinkle-erasing effects of Botox will no longer work and the patient’s lines and wrinkles will remain in place.
The good news is that developing this type of tolerance to Botox is rare. And even if a patient does develop immunity to Botox, there are other neuromodulators on the market that can provide similar results. These can sometimes be effective in patients whose facial muscles no longer respond to the original treatment.
There are always other options! Talk to your plastic surgeon or aesthetician if you’re concerned about the possibility of developing an immunity to Botox over time.
Create Your Ideal Treatment Plan
Botox is extremely low-risk, affordable, and appropriate for almost anyone with unwanted dynamic wrinkles. If you’d like to learn more about how Botox can help you turn back the clock on aging, our expert staff at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, TX, can help. We offer customized treatments to help each patient reach their individual rejuvenation goals.
Mirror Mirror is run by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vitenas and staffed by experts in aesthetic medicine, injectable treatments, and non-invasive procedures. To schedule a Botox consultation at our med spa in Houston, call (281) 810-9083 today.