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Your Questions About Botox, Answered

Dr. Morrell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Morrell, MD

What is Botox? 

What is Botox? What does it do? Is Botox 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…

The most common question we get and the simple answer – without getting too technical –  is that Botox is the brand name for a protein called Botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands such as Dysport and Xeomin, however Botox is most commonly referred to as it was the first injectable botulinum toxin. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatments around and known for its anti-aging abilities. But how does it work I hear you say? Well that leads nicely onto 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 if you want to get Botox and in part, Botox can be dangerous if not administered by a professional who has experience and that’s because Botox can be dangerous in large doses or in the hands of an amateur. However, professional Botox injections come in much smaller doses, and when performed by a professional, the procedure is both safe and effective.

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

Further Reading

Botox and Migraines

Important things to know if you are thinking about getting botox

Can Botox help treat acne?

Botox during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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