Skip to main content

Are Repeated Botox® Treatments Safe?

Are Repeated Botox® Treatments Safe?

Botox® Cosmetic has an unusual and well-traveled history before reaching its place as the most popular aesthetic procedure requested today. Originally developed to stop the unwanted movement of spasming eye muscles, scientists noticed that expression lines smoothed out, eliminating wrinkles. And with that, a phenomenon was born. 

At Bayview General Medicine, we offer Botox and other neuromodulator treatments based on the botulinum A toxin. While every treatment is temporary, effects last as long as six months for some patients, after which time the previous injection is completely gone, and you’re ready for further treatment. 

Are Botox treatments safe? 

It’s a reasonable question. After all, the active ingredient in Botox derives from one of the most toxic bacterial substances known in nature, the bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning. Botulinum type A affects the chemistry of muscles, blocking the mechanism that makes muscles contract. 

The synthetic version used for Botox is highly purified and, more importantly, highly diluted. This dilution is the key to Botox as a therapeutic treatment. Each Botox injection has such a tiny amount of active type A that it can only block muscle contractions in a small area around the injection site. Botox injections have been subject to much research, it meets medical control studies, and the United States Food and Drug Administration approves its use as a cosmetic treatment. 

How a single Botox treatment works

Injections involve a fine needle, so they’re usually well tolerated. We can use a numbing cream or other product as extra pain protection if you need it. 

You’ll notice activity in the first few days after the Botox injection. Full effects take about a week to emerge. While a single Botox injection can last as long as six months, generally, the average is three or four months. Many patients choose regular injections on a three-month cycle to maintain results without fading between sessions. 

Repeated Botox treatments

Studies on the long-term use of Botox for cosmetic purposes are limited. Most studies on multiple injections involve therapeutic, not cosmetic, uses. Regardless of the research’s purpose, most revealed that the adverse effects of any Botox injection are minor. Common issues include: 

Most of these effects are temporary and will correct themselves once Botox clears your system. 

There’s no strong evidence that repeated use of Botox has a cumulative effect, but it’s important to note that this is not a well-studied topic yet, even though it is one of its most tested products. 

Learn more in consultation with the Botox specialists at Bayview General Medicine. We’re up to date on the latest Botox research, so we can advise you based on the latest news. Book your visit by phone or online today. 

 



You Might Also Enjoy...

Title: 4 Tips for Getting Rid of Love Handles

4 Tips for Getting Rid of Love Handles

It’s not simply your imagination when you think your body shape changes, even when you’re neither gaining nor losing weight. Love handles are a common problem area for many. It’s a difficult area to tone with exercise. 
 I'm in My 20s —Why Do I Already Have Wrinkles?

 I'm in My 20s —Why Do I Already Have Wrinkles?

While it’s normal to expect wrinkles as you age, you might expect these later in life than in your 20s. Many factors contribute to wrinkles, and more than one could create creases, crinkles, and crow’s feet before your 30th birthday.

What Does Laser Tattoo Removal Feel Like?

Change is often a natural process, but when it comes to tattoos, you’ll need to help it along when you want to move on from a tattoo. Laser tattoo removal is commonly available today, but what does it feel like?
What to do About Stubborn Belly Fat After 40

What to do About Stubborn Belly Fat After 40

You can work hard to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight, but there’s no guarantee your body will retain the shape you want, particularly if you’re over 40. Here’s what you can do to alter the contours of stubborn belly fat. 
Why Injectable Wrinkle Treatments Are So Popular

Why Injectable Wrinkle Treatments Are So Popular

Injectable wrinkle treatments are the medical aesthetics success story of the 21st century. Treatments are simple, effective, and safe, producing excellent results in short sessions with little to no downtime.
5 Important Facts About Rosacea Flare-ups

5 Important Facts About Rosacea Flare-ups

There’s no definite cause behind rosacea, which experts suspect is an immune system disorder. That’s just one important fact about the condition and its flare-ups that you might not know — keep reading for more.