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Does Botox Cause Cancer?

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Does Botox Cause Cancer?

Botulinum toxin—better known as Botox—is an injectable medication that is used for several cosmetic and medical purposes. While most people know Botox for how it can smooth and prevent dynamic wrinkles, it also helps treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis, muscle spasms, and chronic migraines. Botox is a revolutionary medication and many other uses of it are currently being studied and likely to be approved in the future.

Fewer people know that Botulinum toxin is the same toxin that causes botulism. Many medications are derived from sources that at the right dosage or in a different preparation could be harmful to humans. Botox Sarasota is a highly concentrated and purified form of Botulinum toxin. To cause botulism, Botox would have to be administered in amounts that are well beyond even the largest number of units given at once.

Some patients do worry that Botox may cause adverse health effects because of its source. This is understandable. Let’s look at one of the common questions related to this, “Does Botox cause cancer?”

Cancer Risk Of Botox

Studies currently show that Botox is not a carcinogen. There is no significant increase in cancer risk between those who undergo Botox injections and those who do not. When given at standard dosages, Botox poses few long term health risks.

Botox is one of the most studied medications in the world and has been considered safe for over two decades. Additionally, it is important to remember that Botulinum toxin is a bacteria and that it is designed to cause localized effects, not spread through the body like botulism would.

Potential Of Botox In Cancer Treatment

Botox has shown some potential in aiding in cancer treatment by preventing and slowing the reproduction of certain types of cancer cells. This is still very new research and will likely need several more years of study. Botox is also used to aid in pain relief for cancer patients. Similar to how it helps relieve pain for chronic migraine sufferers, it helps reduce nerve signals to specific areas where the patient is experiencing pain. Again, this is an off-label usage, but it does have promise.

Are There Long Term Effects Of Botox?

The only long term effect associated with Botox is muscle weakness. This can occur with repeated Botox treatment in a certain area, making the muscle smaller. It may even permanently weaken the muscle. In some cases, this is the intended effect such as with jaw slimming Botox. It also is less likely to affect large muscles which can accommodate larger doses of Botox. Usually, this is not a serious condition and can be prevented with proper treatment and dosages.


Botox injections are one of the most common cosmetic treatments performed every year. The medication is safe. Sarasota Surgical Arts offer expertly injected Botox Sarasota for a variety of concerns including frown lines, face slimming, and bunny lines.To learn more and schedule a consultation visit, call us at 941-923-1736. Patients can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.

Alberico J. Sessa
Alberico J. Sessa
Alberico J. Sessa, M.D. is a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery & is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Sessa has successfully treated hundreds of patients with a high satisfaction rate.