Dr Lam, I'm sure you've been inundated with people asking about the latest scare that Botox can go to the brain. Do you think this is at all possible (it was found in mice) in humans, and will you continue injecting patients with Botox? I just had my first botox injection in February and was so thrilled with the results. After reading that report about it going to the brain, I'm scared. I don't know if I'm going to have Botox again. Unfortunately there don't seem to be any safe alternatives that give results as good as Botox. I tried Frownies, (I wear them at night even with Botox) but they certainly cannot compare to Botox, although Frownies do prevent me from frowning in my sleep.
here is the thing: that study was done in mice using non-Botox products so it is always hard to extrapolate. obviously, more studies need to be done to clarify. that being said, here's what i think:
1. Botox has been around since the late 70s and used in millions of people without any central issues EVER. that's 30 some years of use in millions of people.
2. Also, remember that Botox is completely temporary.
3. Botox is the single most important product to prevent aging, period. There is nothing better. As I explain in my consultations, Botox fundamentally shuts down the wrinkles, improves the smooth muscle texture, and the skin.
personally, i believe it is one of the safest treatments out there with one of the longest track records out there of any cosmetic product. given its temporary and short nature, i think it is very safe but obviously, there will be studies that will scare some people. i hope you will consider continuing its use. it is very important regimen to prevent aging.
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery