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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Risks and Safety

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Risks and SafetyBotox has remained the world’s most popular injectable facial anti-aging procedure ever since it was first approved by the FDA in 2002. As long as the Botox injections are administered by a judicious and experienced provider at a fully equipped medspa, the procedure will be completely safe.
In any case, the patient should be aware of the potential side effects and complications of Botox. Botulinum toxin is a powerful biological agent, which can pose serious risk if administered wrongly or in wrong volumes. Motykie medical spa, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie, provides Botox injections in a safe, state of the art environment.

Potential Side Effects

Potential side effects of Botox may include pain and discomfort at the injection site, inflammation, swelling, redness, infection, bleeding, and bruising. Allergic reaction may be indicated by some of the symptoms. If the patient experiences a dizzying feeling or breathing difficulties, they should immediately contact the treatment provider.
Other side effects may include neck pain, headache, fatigue, dry mouth, numbness in the treated area, muscle spasms, droopy eyelids, and twitching. Numbness may result from the muscle immobility in some patients. As long as the Botox medspa treatment remains effective, muscle spasms in the treatment are not likely to occur.
If the injections are not administered accurately in controlled doses, Botox may spread beyond the intended area and adversely affect surrounding tissue. For instance, when Botox is injected between the brows or close to the upper eyelids, it may cause the lids to droop temporarily.

Additional Complications

Some other typical complications that may occur due to wrong administering of Botox injections may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Cockeyed eyebrows
  • Drooling or crooked smile
  • Excessive tearing
  • Vision difficulties
  • General muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in speaking or swallowing
  • Weak bladder control

Motykie medical spa receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for Botox injections.

Who should Avoid Botox?

It is critical to choose the right candidates for Botox in order to minimize the risk. Individuals with one or more of the following conditions should avoid Botox treatment:

  • Allergy to any of the ingredients of Botox Cosmetic
  • Experienced side effects from Botox or its variants in the past
  • Suffering from an untreated skin infection in the injection site
  • Suffering from ALS, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another disease that affects your muscles or nerves
  • Asthma or breathing problems
  • Bleeding issues
  • Have received facial surgery in the recent past
  • Plan to undergo surgery
  • Weakness in the forehead muscles
  • Currently using NSAIDs, blood thinners, or certain other vitamins or herbal supplements

Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, advises that women who are pregnant or planning to conceive, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, should avoid using Botox. To minimize the risk, it is most vital to choose a qualified Botox provider who knows the correct injection sites and the right dosage for a particular class of wrinkles and fine lines.

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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Risks and Safety
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