Is Botox® safe?

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Let’s be honest – you know you’ve thought about it. You’ve seen the commercials, and heard the stories of celebrities using Botox® injections to defy the signs of aging for years. Maybe you even know someone who’s had a Botox® treatment…but you still aren’t sure if it’s really as safe as people make it out to be. If you have concerns about Botox®, Long Island dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is the man to call.

Where does Botox® come from?

It’s true that Botox®, or botulinum toxin, is derived from the bacterium that causes botulism, a form of muscle and nerve paralysis. But, just as scalpel in the hands of a trained professional can be used to artfully reconstruct and transform a person’s appearance, so can Dr. Rokhsar use Botox® injections as an instrument of beauty and confidence for you. Botox® injections have a long history of safe and successful use in the treatment of unwanted facial wrinkles and lines and has more recently achieved FDA approval for use in the treatment of excessive sweating. Also, because Botox® is a naturally occurring substance, it can be used to achieve results without the use of harsh chemicals or surgery.

Are there any restrictions or side-effects for treatment?

There are very few restrictions on the use of Botox® treatments. In general, patients who are pregnant or who suffer from neurologic disorders, such as ALS, Myasthenia-Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome should not be treated with Botox®. The most common side-effects include headache, nausea, respiratory infection, flu, and temporary drooping of the eyelids, but can also include pain and redness at the injection site, in the face, and muscle weakness. These generally occur within a week of treatment but typically go away on their own.

If you’re considering Botox®, Long Island expert Dr. Cameron Rokhsar and his staff are happy to consult with you and address any concerns you may have. Give them a call and start down the path toward a more confident you today!

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