Botox: basics, risks and side effects

botox side effectsOver the past years Botox injections have become probably the most popular means of wrinkle treatment, but are they really so safe to be used as widely?


First of all it would be an important thing to know what is botox, right? It may become a surprise for you to know that it is a substance known for more than a hundred years already. Moreover, it has been used for medical care purposes for over half a century. Nowadays the name “Botox” is one of a lot of commercial names for the specific type of a neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin, the other names being BTXA, Neurobloc, Dysport, Xeomin, Vistabel to name but a few.


As it was already mentioned above, in most cases botox is used as a wrinkle treatment. However, it’s also used as a medicine for some other purposes, for instance, while treating uncontrolled blinking and facial creases. It has been also approved for the excessively increased sweating treatment, as well as for the treatment of severe and continuous headaches.


Although the usage of botox has been approved and it requires no surgical intervention, it still has some side effects and therefore additional risks, of course. That’s why you should be strongly recommended to have consultation with your plastic surgeon before deciding on the procedure of botox injection. Note and bear in mind also that the side effects of botox may usually differ depending on the area where botox is injected.


When injected into area around the eyes and mouth, common botox side effects may typically include: pain, headaches, minor bruising or swelling. They may also lead to bleeding in some cases. However, these are considered to be normal and the symptoms gradually subside within a period from few hours to several days as well as the muscle drooping.


The common effects associated with eyelid surgery procedures are also eye dryness and the cases when a patient cannot close the eyes for some time period.


Less common but more serious effects may include some difficulties with swallowing, breathing or speaking (symptoms, which remind influenza) or even respiratory infections.


The excess activity of a patient’s bladder will typically lead to bladder, pain in the back or side pain, bloody or painful urination, and complications with this process.

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A popular belief (typically based on badly taken botox pictures) goes that botox can paralyze the face muscles. Such an unpleasant effect can happen only with extreme doses of botox being injected. Still, in most cases a plastic surgeon prefers to inject the botox dose, allowing the patient to have some limited activity. Finally, you must take into consideration the fact that in very large doses, botox can cause botulism, rather a serious paralytic disease, more commonly caused by food poisoning.