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BOTOX Safety Northern Virginia

What is Botox®?

Botox® Cosmetic is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin A – a protein produced in a lab and made from the toxin of a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. During the production process, the protein is diluted and purified. Botox was first FDA-approved for medical procedures, notably controlling spasms and palsies, but when doctors noted its wrinkle-reducing effects, it was approved for cosmetic use in 2002.  FDA approval does not imply that a drug has no risk, but it does state that the drug when properly used is effective and carries a very low risk.

Known Risks

The main risk associated with Botox® Cosmetic is that the toxin will be injected in the wrong  place or will migrate from the injection site into other locations.  Last year, an activist group claimed that as many as 16 deaths had been associated with Botox® injections since its approval for medical uses in 1989.  Nearly all of these were children who were given Botox® injections to control palsies, and were given much higher doses than are used during the Botox® Cosmetic procedure.  Only one of the deaths might have been associated with Botox® Cosmetic injections. 
According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, between 10 and 20 million Botox® Cosmetic injections have been performed, so Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most common and safest cosmetic procedures available.

Qualified Professionals

We know that the product itself is safe but when administered improperly by unlicensed and untrained medical staff it can be unsafe and yield unpredictable results. Many of the negative news stories about Botox involve parties who are not licensed medical professionals with Botox experience. When in doubt, you can got directly to the Botox® Cosmetic website and search for doctors who are qualified to perform Botox injections.

Who is a Candidate for Botox?

The FDA has approved Botox for a wide range of individuals. Dr Desman believes those with the following characteristics are the best candidates:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Have wrinkles or fine lines between their eyes, on their forehead or “Crow’s feet” around their eyes
  • Not pregnant***

***Although Botox is considered to be safe, they are no studies or research on Botox and pregnancy so to error on the side of safety we do not treat pregnant women with Botox.

Benefits of Botox® Cosmetic

  • There’s no down time
  • Botox is non-invasive
  • Possible side effects are minimal
  • Results are quick (within 3-10 days)
  • Botox is not permanent if you do not like the way you look with Botox
  • Adverse side effects are very rare
  • Treatment is quick (usually 10 minutes or so)


If you have fine lines and wrinkles and think Botox® Cosmetic can help you, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in the Washington, DC area and schedule your consultation with Dr. Desman. We can schedule a 15-minute phone consultation for you or you can come in for a personal sit down consultation with Dr. Desman – the choice is yours.

Call 703-924-3144 to schedule your consultation or to set up a telephone consultation.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality cosmetic surgery care in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. Dr. Desman is committed to serving you through advanced training, dedication to perfection and unmatched personal care.

We are confident you will not be disappointed!

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