Botox: The Risks and Side Effects

The risks and side-effects of having Botox injected into your face.

Botulinum toxin (Botox) works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses in the muscle end plates. It does this by blocking the action of one of the main neurotransmitter, acetylcholine.

By carefully choosing the injection site, a well-trained operator can selectively paralyze the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles on your forehead, around the eyes and between your eyebrows.

Clearly, this requires a high level of anatomical knowledge and understanding of the appropriate dilution of Botox NJ to minimize the risks and side effects. These may result from paralysis of nearby muscles that need to continue working.

How Does Botox Work

Botox or Botulinum toxin type A is a neuromodulator. It works by preventing the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is the chemical that facilitates communication between nerves and muscles, and leads the muscles to contract.

Botox temporarily blocks these messages, resulting in softening of the lines and wrinkles. That's what makes Botox so effective on dynamic wrinkles, which occur when you move the muscles to various expressions.

Botox does not take effect immediately since it takes time for the molecules adhere to the motor nerves and block signals. The full treatment effects are evident in 3-7 days.

The results are temporary and usually last 3 to 6 months. Repeated injections are needed to maintain the results.

Risks ans Side Effects

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The following are reported risks and side effects people experienced after being injected Botox:

  • nausea
  • facial pain
  • difficulty swallowing
  • neck pain
  • headache
  • infection of the upper respiratory tract
  • dizziness
  • pain injection site
  • bleeding at the injection site
  • flu-like symptoms
  • drowsiness, etc.

These are some of the sensations and physical problems they experienced after the procedure.

These side effects are largely unavoidable and should be treated.

How to Deal with Side Effects

When the time occurs and you feel pain which is definite, ask your doctor to prescribe medicines that fight against the pain.

Do not rub or touch the area where the Botox is injected because it can worsen the pain you feel. The drug can also be spread on the skin around the injection site, making it less effective because the drug concentration is diminished.

For pain or swelling - use ice. It is very effective in reducing swellings.

It's expected you'll be provided with ice as a part of the operation. In case they forgot to give you the ice, do not hesitate to ask.

Of course, always consult your doctor whenever you feel worse side effect. Before the procedure, talk to the doctor and ask questions about how you should deal with the side effects of Botox, so you can be informed and guided accordingly.