Doctor Says Botox Warnings Are Over-Sensationalized

Botox safety concerns have been in the media lately as dozens of patients report Botox abuse and the effects of bad Botox procedures from unqualified surgeons. While Botox is responsible for causing allergic reactions and adverse reactions in some people, it has been approved as a safe and effective treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and does not intrinsically pose any major health risks.

Dr. Jean D. Carruthers, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada explains that while there has been some recent animal research and cases reported about the negative effects of Botox, the injectable is still relatively safe when used for cosmetic procedures by a qualified professional.

The negative publicity that Botox has received is, according to Dr. Carruthers, minimal when you consider that thousands of men and women are still booking up procedures in major cities across the country in the midst of the ‘scare.’

Patients are advised to do some researcha bout the doctor or medical spa that will be administering the injection so they can trust they are receiving an authentic product, and not a Botox knock off.

Still, it can be difficult to determine if a knock-off product will be administered. Surgeons and nurses have been in the news lately for hiding information about the  actual product they have administered, and even promoting the Botox brand and label but switching the product at the last minute.

While these are among the rare cases of Botox abuse, Dr. Carruthers believe that these types of stories get their fair share of the media spotlight, but the negative press and warnings about Botox may be over-sensationalized.

Researchers have published several studies that show that the injections are still safe to use on humans at their prescribed doses. Dr. Carruthers and her husband Alastair Carruthers, M.D. have been reviewing 851 Botox treatment sessions in 50 subjects as part of their own safety study, and are used to seeing only transient complications.


Further Reading

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?

  • With only about a month of summer left, you may be considering going under the knife to maintain that bikini body or be in better shape for next season.  While demand for plastic surgery runs high during the winter months so that patients have time to heal before summer, there is still a significant demand for certain procedures over the warm weather months. According to the results of a recent report by, patients are still flocking to the plastic surgeon’s office to look “red-carpet ready” or undergo a mini-makeover.