Botox is a non-surgical solution to youthful-looking skin. This procedure involves injecting facial fillers into the skin to reduce wrinkles. According to the Mayo Clinic, Botox treatments are a relatively safe practice when given by trained medical staff.
Over the years, plastic surgeons have gained experience with many various types of facial fillers and continues to practice using cutting edge technologies and advancements, including Botox injections. As a popular anti-aging treatment, Botox is a highly effective at eliminating wrinkles on the forehead, reducing frown lines and crow’s feet and diminishing the appearance of heavy wrinkles in the neck area.
How Botox Works
Specifically formulated for cosmetic use, Botox, short for botulinum toxin, achieves anti-aging results by paralyzing muscles temporarily in the affected area. In addition to reducing and eliminating facial wrinkles due to aging, Botox also works well for treating spasms in the neck, overactive bladder, excess sweating and chronic migraines.
Risks of Botox Treatments
Botox is created using the same microbe that causes food poisoning, so improper administration could lead to severe health problems. When used by a trained professional, the risk of something bad happening is low.
Botox injections do carry some side effects. The most common include swelling or minor bruising at the site of injection, which is also the case with other facial fillers. Headaches or flu-like symptoms may also occur.
If the drug is administered incorrectly, a bevy of dangerous and life-altering issues could occur. Improperly placed injections may cause Botox to spread to surrounding areas causing paralysis in unwanted places. Results may include:
· Droopy eyelids
· Crooked smile
· Increased tear production or dry eyes
· Uneven eyebrows
Less likely, but still a concern of improper administration is the effects the toxin may have on other parts of the body. This could lead to symptoms mimicking botulism including:
· Muscle weakness throughout the body
· Swallowing, speaking or breathing problems
· Vision trouble
· Loss of bladder control
If after a Botox treatment you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms could show within hours or as late as several weeks following treatment.
When you call to schedule a Botox treatment, you will first have a consultation with an experienced professional who will determine if Botox would be the right choice for you. You will be asked about any health conditions you may have and discuss ones that may not be a good fit for Botox injections. Botox treatments are not recommended for people with the following conditions:
· Breathing issues such as asthma
· Facial muscle weakness
· Nerve or muscle diseases
· Botulinum toxin allergies
· Past facial surgeries
· Surgeries planned in the near future
· Pregnant or nursing women
· Anyone under the age of 18
Choosing a Doctor Wisely
Because proper administration is so important, choosing a doctor with plenty of experience and a history of completing many effective and safe Botox injections. Look for a doctor with high rankings and you should have no worries.