Is Botox Safe? What Are The Side Effects?

Is Botox Safe
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Botox has been used to eliminate the signs of aging for years. The FDA approved its cosmetic use in 2002. Though the process is completely recognized and legal, many doubts remain circulating regarding Botox treatment. If you want to know about the safety of the treatment, keep reading this blog.

What is Botox?

Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is generally considered safe when used correctly and administered by a qualified professional. It is actually a purified protein obtained from the same toxin that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning that weakens the nervous system. Botox shots paralyze the muscles or block the nerve endings to prevent the muscles from contractions at the injection site.

Possible Risks of Botox

Again, Botox is safe when performed by a trained professional with detailed knowledge of facial muscles, and things rarely go wrong when you are in good hands. Most patients resume their regular activities right after getting the procedure. However, a few people experience headaches and slight discomfort at the injection site. Here are some possible risks of Botox.

  • Bruising

Bruising is a conventional side effect of Botox injections. This happens because when the needle injects the dose, it damages the small blood vessels under the skin, leading to bruising. However, it is advised to avoid taking blood thinners for a few days before the treatment to prevent the chances of bruising. In addition, the practitioner uses a very fine needle to prevent any discomfort.

  • Swelling

Botox injections can also cause swelling, but that is usually mild and temporary. It happens right after the treatment or a few hours post-procedure due to tissue trauma. This side effect is not a cause for concern. You can use an ice pack or over-the-counter pain-relieving medicine to reduce discomfort.

In rare cases, people get acute swelling due to some allergic reaction. Contact the healthcare provider immediately if you observe a severe reaction.

  • Headache

Botox injections are used to treat migraines, but sometimes they cause a headache as a side effect. It is usually mild to moderate and last for a few days after the treatment. You can use pain relievers to relieve it.

  • Facial Asymmetry

Sometimes, Botox injections cause short-term facial asymmetry. However, it is infrequent and resolves on its own. The risk of facial asymmetry is higher when you do not choose a licensed practitioner.

When Botox spreads beyond the injection site or affects the muscle more on one side than the other, it causes uneven muscle relaxation and facial asymmetry. That’s why choosing a skilled injector for the treatment is crucial. An injectable expert knows the facial structure and muscle movements, determining the correct injection site and the dose required for the desired result.

Book Your Consultation at James Christian Cosmetics

James Christian Cosmetics has a team of Injectable experts. They provide a complimentary consultation to examine your facial concerns and recommend the ideal treatment. Our clinics are located in New York and Miami which are fully equipped to avoid any complications. Reach us today to book your free consultation with our experts.

*Information in this article is not medical advice and may not be factually accurate. It is intended for entertainment purposes only. Consult with a physician before attempting any tips in this blog post and to get the most up to date factual data about any procedure or treatment.