Botox is extremely safe product with a long history of use and a proven safety record. In fact, Botox Cosmetic has a higher safety rating than Aspirin. Unfortunately, many consumers mistakenly believe that Botox Cosmetic is derived from the toxin botulism. The product is derived from a purified protein produced in a laboratory setting and is, in fact, not the toxin botulism. Botox Cosmetic is used in millions of cosmetic procedures across the nation and is a trusted, reliable product from the maufacturer, Allergan.
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So why the horrible stories in the media? Quite frankly, because this makes for better hype and news. Suggesting that someone suffered a horrible reaction after receiving Botox injections is far more sensational than reporting on the millions of treatments that simply enhance one's appearance. The few actual documented cases of a serious adverse event did not involve Botox Cosmetic produced by Allergan but were from another source wherein the botulism toxin was present. This is why it is imperative to be an educated consumer that does not receive Botox treatments at so-called parties, or in the back room of a hair salon. Other more recent cases involved extremely high doses of Botox Medical (not Botox Cosmetic) used in young patients that were severely immunocompromised already. The most recent news story involved suggestions that Botox may migrate to the brain. What was not mentioned was that this was botulism, not Botox Cosmetic, and with very high, undiluted doses used on the whisker pads of rats! Hardly a comparison to how Botox Cosmetic is used in humans.
Be an educated consumer, ask questions, and make certain that your practitioner involves you in the education process. To learn more about Los Angeles Botox injections at Celibre visit www.celibre.com/botox.aspx. You can also view Botox Los Angeles before and after pictures (Celibre patients) at www.celibre.com/botoxba.aspx.
Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C
Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer