More and more articles appear that have been written by scientists and medical doctors which claim the toxin spreads throughout the body causing nerve damage. I've also read a few articles that claim Botox gets into the brain which causes people to suffer with symptoms that create permanent disability. Who do I believe? If this information is not true - what do the authors gain by publishing information that leaves people feeling scared and confused?
Can Any of the Botox Get into my Bloodstream and Cause Harm to my Nerves That I May Not Know About?
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Botox systemic concerns and safety
Botox is delivered for cosmetic treatment as very small numbers of units per injection site so even if the needle were injected into a vein unknowingly, and the doctor not notice that the Botox was being delivered intravascularly, there would not be an expected ill-effect from such little dosage being distributed to a wide area through the blood stream.
Botox works by blocking the nerve signal to a muscle. The nerve continues to work; nerves are not "killed" by Botox and the muscle continues to work once it develops new receptors for the neural transmitter.
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Botox and nerve damage
It's difficult to answer your question without knowing what articles you are referring to, however for cosmetic Botox treatments, the amount injected doesn't warrant permanent disability and/or nerve damage. Consulting with a reputable and established injector is whom I would discuss your concerns and questions with to help educate and inform you on the potential side effects of Botox injections.
Botox can have some early complaints of local tenderness from the injections and headaches from travel of the medication in the blood. However, I am a strong believer that a well trained board certified provider can carefully maneuver around the bigger veins that could be culprit of botox headaches. permenant disability questions I would defer to Allergan to see what the reported complaint may have been- I have never seen or heard of any in the cosmetic dosing level.
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Botox spread and damage
With cosmetic usage of Botox in small doses (e.g. under 100 units), it would be essentially unheard of to get Botox into your bloodstream or cause any problems of any major significance, or have much spread at all. Unfortunately, some of this data relates to very large doses of botox used in rats with very small bodies, so there will be some diffusion - thankfully you are not a rat!