CIGNA members: Please note that you may receive a letter in the mail stating that The Dermatology Center of Indiana is no longer in your network. This communication from CIGNA is incorrect and we would like to reassure you that we are still in network with CIGNA. We look forward to continuing to service you and your family for all your dermatology needs.

Are Botox Treatments Safe?

Botox is a fairly inexpensive treatment option for patients who are concerned with forehead lines or lines around their eyes. These injections can be administered in our office and patients usually begin seeing their effects within 72 hours. Each treatment lasts (on average) 3 – 5 months and the more regularly you receive treatments, the longer you can go in between treatment sessions.

Before making the Botox jump, patients often ask us if Botox treatments are safe. Our response is always the same… As long as you are receiving Botox treatments from a healthcare professional that has been trained in how to properly give Botox injections, Botox is absolutely safe to use.

Several years ago, there were “clinics” that provided reduced-priced Botox treatments at a person’s home or even at a party… these injections were occasionally filled with ingredients other than Botox (or even too much Botox) and several people did have reactions to these injections. The injections we provide at our office are purchased directly from Botox and as licensed healthcare professionals, we are trained on how much to use and how to inject them appropriately.

Some patients may also be concerned because they have heard that Botox is a toxin. Botox is a neurotoxin that is naturally produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. However, Botox injections contain a very small amount of this toxin and when it is injected correctly, it will provide patients with a more youthful appearance by relaxing the muscles around a wrinkle. Like all medications, there may be side effects. For Botox, the side effects range from bruising to redness or even an allergic reaction – which is extremely rare. Botox is approved by the FDA for cosmetic uses (and other medical uses) and thousands of people benefit from it daily.

To learn more about Botox and view before/after photos of actual Botox patients, visit You may also schedule a consultation with one of our Dermatologists by calling us at 317-838-9911 (Plainfield) or 317-732-8980 (Zionsville).

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about medical, cosmetic, mohs, and surgical dermatology. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed dermatologist or other health care worker.