The Difference Between Botox and Botulism

You’re probably aware that Botox is related to botulism.  Indeed, the process involves injecting your facial muscles with botulinum toxin A, a toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium.  Some potential customers of our Tacoma Botox clinic therefore come to us with some concerns about the safety of the procedure.  If you share these concerns, we are open to addressing them, and are prepared to put your mind at ease throughout your Botox experience.

It’s easy to understand the logic of being afraid of Botox: why would you want to inject yourself with a poison responsible for a potentially deadly illness?  However, the reality of it is not that bad.  Botox is only one example of an unusual, generally-harmful substance being put to good medical use; bee venom can be used in arthritis medication, and everything from vampire bat saliva to human urine has potential to help heart-attack victims.  What makes something either good for you or bad for you comes down largely to how it’s applied.

In the case of Botox, what you need to understand is that botulinum toxin A keeps your muscles relaxed.  This works out well for facial muscles, which can stand to take a break, but it’s not so great when it gets in the muscles that you need to breathe.  This is often the cause for botulism-based deaths.  However, this is not a worry in a properly executed Botox treatment.

If you have any further questions about the safety of Botox, you can give us a call.