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Is Botox Harmful?

Millions of people get regular Botox injections to keep their faces fresh-looking and youthful–but how safe is it?

While the popular injectable treatment has a very good track record, any drug carries the potential for harmful side effects. What are they, and how can a potential user avoid them?

Part of the reason for Botox’s popularity is that it works. These injections freeze the facial muscles responsible for frown lines, and the “11″s that appear between brows as a result of aging. When these muscles are paralyzed, wrinkles disappear.

The effect isn’t permanent, and the duration of results can vary based on a wide range of factors, but receiving Botox injections involves virtually no recovery time and is a much safer alternative to cosmetic surgery.

All of Botox’s cosmetic benefits aside, it should be handled responsibly. Some side effects, like drooping eyelids, dry or irritated eyes, and muscle weakness near the injection site, may occur if too much Botox is administered. When it comes to maintaining a natural-looking appearance, less is often more.

To minimize the risk of side effects, it’s vitally important that patients receive their treatments from an experienced team with a successful track record of administering Botox. Book a consultation, ask how many procedures they do annually, and ask to see photos of some of the results. Discuss any concerns or potential fears with the doctor before scheduling the injections themselves, and learn about proper post-injection aftercare.

If you are considering Botox injections in the Los Angeles area, let us guide you through the procedure. Contact our medspa in Studio City, CA, to book a consultation and see how Botox can help restore your skin’s firm, youthful appearance.

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Linda L. Berkley MD

Dr. Berkley graduated from UCLA in 1975 before completing her doctorate at the University of California Irvine Medical School in 1979. She practiced emergency medicine for 32 years and spent 2 years working at the Grossman Burn unit in Sherman Oaks, as well as having a private family practice.

Studying and practicing Medical Esthetics since 2006, Dr. Berkley obtains excellent natural-looking results thanks to her artistic eye, good hands, and soft touch.

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