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Is Botox Safe?

Botox injections are a popular treatment to reverse the physical signs of ageing.  Despite the fact that we cannot prevent the skin from ageingand wrinkles from appearing, Botulinum Toxin injections, more commonly known as Botox, reduce visible signs of ageing by relaxing the muscles in the face. It is an effective treatment used to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, and that’s what makes it the most popular cosmetic treatment in the UK. 


Yet despite it’s popularity, many people are still concerned as to whether Botox is safe. So, if you’re wondering whether botox is safe and whether the treatment is right for you, this guide is for you.


What is Botox made from?

The active ingredient in Botox is a purified form of Botulinum Toxin type A. This toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is the same toxin that, if found at a high enough level, can cause a type of food poisoning called botulism. In medical and cosmetic treatments, Botox is distributed in small quantities that when correctly purified and handled by a qualified practitioner, is perfectly safe.


Is Botox painful?

Many people assume that Botox is painful, however the needle used to administer the shot is extremely small, with most people feeling nothing more than a slight pinch. Botox injections are not designed to hurt; some patients may even experience zero pain. 

It is common for bruising, swelling, or redness to appear at the site of injection, causing mild pain and tenderness, but most of these symptoms will subside within a few days after treatment. 


What are the risks of Botox?

As with any medical or cosmetic procedure, there are some risks associated with Botox injections. Serious side effects and risks of Botox are very rare, and most people have Botox injections without any reaction. 

To understand the risks involved with Botox, it is recommended you speak to your chosen practitioner and voice your questions, concerns, and queries. 

Swelling and bruising 

At the site of injection, skin may become swollen and bruised after Botox injections. This is a common side effect that even the smallest needle and experienced practitioner cannot prevent. 

Typically, bruising and mild pain around the injection site is not a cause for concern. To prevent swelling and bruising after Botox treatment, you can apply ice or cold packs to the affected area, avoid exercising for two days after treatment, avoid blood thinning supplements before treatment. 


Headache and flu-like symptoms

Headache and flu-like symptoms are potential side effects and risks of Botox treatment. Headaches are often a temporary side effect and usually subside within the first 24 hours. However, in some cases, patients report a persistent headache that lasts for up to a month after treatment. 

If after Botox you develop a headache, you may be able to relieve discomfort with over-the-counter pain relief medication. Reach out to a healthcare provider if you continue to be uncomfortable. 



Eyelid and facial droop after Botox injections is rare. This usually occurs if the person administering the treatment is inexperienced or underqualified. It is caused by injecting the Botox in the wrong area or using a dose that is too high. 

Typically, droopy eyelids and facial features take around four weeks to restore to their natural position. However, during this time, it may be difficult to fully open your eyes and, although very rarely, blurred or double vision can occur. 


How can you minimise the risks of Botox?

To minimise the risks of Botox, it is crucial to choose a qualified and professional Botox provider. At your Botox consultation, you should ask your chosen practitioner about the risks and ways you can reduce them. It is likely a professional Botox provider will discuss how it is best to prepare for Botox and an aftercare regime. 


How safe is Botox ?

Botox is considered a very safe cosmetic and medical treatment when administered by a qualified and trained professional. Although Botox is a toxin when under the care of a licensed healthcare provider, side effects are minimal and temporary. 

The injection shot remains at the injection site, ensuring that it does not move throughout the body. This means that Botox does not enter your bloodstream, and systemic side effects are very rare. 

If you are considering Botox injections, the key to safe and effective treatment is to find a professional who has significant training and experience and is fully qualified.


Choosing a reputable Botox practitioner 

When choosing a reputable Botox practitioner, you should consider their experience, training, qualifications, and testimonials from previous patients.  

Qualified and trustworthy Botox practitioners will always be happy to provide evidence of their training and provide you with ongoing support before, during, and after treatment.


Why choose Hermes London Dental Clinic?

At Hermes London Dental Clinic, we provide a five-star experience to all our patients. Our experienced and expert staff will spend time discussing all your anti-wrinkle treatment options with you so you are able to make an informed decision about your treatment. Practicing the highest of standards and using the best quality materials, we pride ourselves on excellent performance.

If you’re interested in learning more about Botox injections or to book your consultation, get in touch today. 

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