Over the past 20 years, Botox has solidified itself as a safe and effective injectable treatment.

But despite this impressive track record, some people are still concerned that the botulinum-based product could pose certain health risks. In fact, there are those that wonder: Is Botox poisonous to your body?

The good news is that Botox is not poisonous to the body. Here’s everything you need to know about Botox’s safety profile, including possible risks and side effects.

What Is Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved injectable treatment designed for cosmetic as well as therapeutic applications.

It’s most commonly used to smooth facial wrinkles and lines and help individuals look more refreshed and youthful.

Is Botox Poisonous to Your Body?

Because Botox is composed of botulinum toxin and derived from Clostridium botulinum bacterium, many patients want to know: Is Botox poisonous to your body?

While this a reasonable question, patients will be pleased to learn that Botox is incredibly safe when administered in small doses by a trained and qualified provider.

That’s why women and men should always seek the expertise of a board-certified dermatologist who will prepare and inject Botox in accordance with FDA standards.

What’s more, studies have shown that associated risks are lower for cosmetic Botox treatments compared to medically-indicated injections.

It is not known whether these findings are due to the fact that higher doses were injected for therapeutic treatments or if the underlying medical condition contributed to the incidence of adverse events.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Botox?


Now that we have answered the question – Is Botox poisonous to your body? – and confirmed that it is an extremely safe treatment, it’s important to note that mild and temporary side effects are possible.

These can include pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, headache fever, and chills.

When administered near the eyes or eyebrows, Botox can potentially result in drooping eyelids, uneven eyebrows, dry eyes, and excessive tearing.

Fortunately, in most cases, Botox side effects are self-limiting and are less likely in the hands of a qualified and experienced injector.

Learn More About Botox Safetyv

If you are considering Botox injections, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist and leading injector Dr. Marjan Yousefi.

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