Botox is probably the safest and most effective method of improving the appearance of wrinkles without going under the knife. Even though Botox is considered to be a safe procedure, there are side effects that may arise, which is the case with any procedure.
How Botox Works
The development of wrinkles on the face is due to repeated movements of facial muscles. Due to age, the skin loses its elasticity, making it hard for it to return to its previous position. To prevent wrinkling on the face, a Botox injection of botulinum toxin is injected into the facial muscles responsible for movement.
Side Effects of Botox
Most Botox patients do not suffer any side effects, and when they do, the side effects are mild and resolve within no time. The following are the most common side effects of Botox:
- Swelling and bruising Following your injection, you might experience some bruising and swelling for a few days. You can manage this by taking anti-inflammatory medication.
- Headaches and flu symptoms Headaches can result as side effects. But paradoxically, Botox is also used to treat tension headaches that are associated with regular scowling. Aside from this, flu-like symptoms can arise, but these should resolve within a few days. If the symptoms persist, you should go see a doctor.
- Aesthetic problems from incorrect placement A Botox injection may be placed incorrectly if the physician performing it lacks precision and skill. This can lead to aesthetic problems, which include crooked smile, crooked eyebrows and drooping eyelids, to state a few among others. These side effects can only fade within the same time that Botox does, which is normally a few months.
It is very rare to see Botox affecting other parts of the body. However, there are times when this happens. Some of the side effects include problems with breathing, speaking and swallowing as well as muscle weakness. If you experience these side effects, it is advisable to contact a doctor within the shortest time possible.
Despite the fact that side effects can occur with Botox, many patients consider its benefits to be worth the risk. Before making the decision to have this procedure performed on you, ensure that you contact an experienced physician to get all the information you need. Be sure also to talk about your complete medical history, and if any, medications you’re currently taking. This is important for your doctor to figure out the side effects of Botox you are likely to experience and how you should deal with them.