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What are the risks and side-effects of Botox?

Botox is primarily composed of botulinum toxin, which offers unique muscle relaxing properties. Botox in a liquid form is used in the beauty industry to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face, thus minimizing the signs of aging. For this very reason, Botox injections have become the most popular beauty treatment in the world.

A Botox injection is virtually painless, and the results are visible within days of the procedure. However, the effects will only last for three to six months, depending on the injection site, as the toxin will eventually dissipate. Patients must receive new injections three to four times a year to continue benefiting from the rejuvenating effects.

Despite the , many people are fearful of the possible risks and side-effects that may be linked to them. That’s why we would like to inform you openly and honestly.

The most common side-effects of Botox

Botox injections may produce certain short-term side-effects, generally only lasting a few days. The patient will need to wait for the body to eliminate the toxin for these undesirable effects to clear up. Here are the most common ones:

  • Pain, sensitivity or bruising at the injection site
  • Headache

In the case of a botched Botox procedure (less than one percent of injections), for example, if the injection is performed improperly or done too close to the eye, or if too much Botox is administered, the side-effects—which will also be temporary until the toxin dissipates—may include the following:

  • A change in the expression of the face
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Overly arched eyebrows
  • Muscular weakness

In more serious cases, Botox may cause the following temporary symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Pneumonia
  • Extreme muscular weakness

It’s important to note that these more severe side-effects are generally linked to improperly administered injections.

Precautions to take

Since Botox Cosmetic® is a very active product, it’s wise to be cautious in order to minimize the risks linked to injections.

Contraindications

Women who are pregnant or nursing should NOT receive Botox injections.

To minimize complications, you should avoid the following after receiving Botox injections:

  • Rubbing or massaging the treated areas during the four hours following the procedure
  • Bowing the head for extended periods
  • Engaging in intense physical activity
  • Using a hot tub

Choosing a qualified physician for your anti-aging injections

To limit the risks of Botox, it’s best to call on the services of a physician who specializes in aesthetic medicine and who’s authorized to perform these injections.

En effet, il saura vous informer et vous conseiller sur le traitement adéquat afin de vous offrir un résultat de qualité et une intervention sécuritaire. De plus, ce professionnel saura vous écouter et orienter les injections de Botox afin de mieux répondre à vos attentes et à vos besoins.

A specialist will be able to inform you and advise you as to the most appropriate treatment to ensure your safety and achieve optimal results. This professional will also listen to you attentively so that he or she can better orient the Botox injections to respond to your specific needs and expectations. Contact the team of professionals at Clinique Jean Gilbert in Montreal. They’ll be happy to answer them openly and honestly.

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