Health Tip: Considering Botox?

Here's a safety checklist

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(HealthDayNews) -- Botox injections, which smooth frown lines by prohibiting the facial muscles' ability to contract, are the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the industry, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

But Botox is made from a weakened form of the same botulinum bacteria that causes botulism, and can cause problems if administered incorrectly. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery suggests these precautions to make sure your Botox injections are safe:

  • Be sure that a doctor qualified in facial cosmetic skin surgery performs the procedure.
  • Make sure the physician's office has equipment necessary to respond to potential emergencies.
  • Ask questions and be informed about the benefits and risks involved in the procedure.
  • Avoid alcohol and remain upright for several hours following the procedure.


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