Your Questions About Botox, Answered

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So, what is Botox? What does it do? Is it safe? These are all valid questions to ask and it means you’re thinking about the safety and care for your body, which is great! Having any medical procedure is daunting and you should have all the facts before deciding if it’s for you. So, let’s try and clear up some of those questions for you about this popular treatment.

Are we talking about the brand or the treatment?

The most common question we hear is about the brand name. Is Botox the brand or the treatment? The simple answer is that Botox is the brand name for a protein called Botulinum toxin. There are other brands such as Dysport and Xeomin. But, Botox is most commonly referred to since it was the first injectable botulinum toxin. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatments around and is known for its anti-aging abilities. But how does it work, you ask? Well, that leads nicely into our second most asked question.

What does Botox do? 

Botox works by blocking nerve signals to muscles, causing them to become weakened or paralyzed. In small doses, it can reduce skin wrinkles and fine lines, and is also used for a variety of other concerns and conditions, such as acne, migraines, and excessive sweating. Really it’s very versatile! 

Is Botox safe?

So we know what it is, and what it does, but is it safe? This question usually comes top of the list when considering the treatment. Yes, Botox can be dangerous if not administered by a professional who has experience. The toxin can be dangerous in large doses or in the hands of an amateur. However, professional injections come in much smaller doses, and when performed by a professional, the procedure is completely safe and effective.

Contact us to learn more about this procedure if you would like to get Botox in Vancouver.