Botox Injections And Side Effects

Posted on December 17, 2019

Botox has been used as a medical and cosmetic treatment for decades. It is a very versatile treatment that has many uses. When considering any cosmetic treatment it is important to be knowledgeable about the product. When considering Botox, you should look into the advantages, disadvantages, and possible side effects. At DWH Med Spa we can answer any questions you have regarding Botox and the procedure. 

What Is Botox?

Botox is short for botulinum toxin. This injectable form of this bacterium has been used in the medical field for decades. It helps to prevent muscles from contracting which leads to wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is the industry leader for addressing wrinkles and fine lines. But it also has many other uses as well. 

What Is Botox Used For?

Botox can treat conditions and issues like:

  • Muscle contractions
  • Lazy eye
  • Excessive sweating
  • Eye twitching
  • Cervical dystonia (contracted neck muscles)
  • Bladder issues
  • Chronic migraine headaches

Botox helps to stop the nerves from sending messages to muscles. 

When given in a measured, controlled way, it can be effective in dealing with muscle over-activity, spasms, or contractions. 

Wrinkles around the forehead, eyebrows, and face can be treated. When administered, the muscles are relaxed and they no longer cause wrinkles. This leads to an overall more youthful, smoother appearance for the patient.

Potential Side Effects Of Botox Treatment

Botox is considered safe when monitored and administered by a trained professional. Some side effects that may occur after treatment include:

  • Swelling, redness, or pain at the injection site
  • Dryness of the eye, or excessive tearing
  • Uneven eyebrows
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Crooked looking smile
  • Drooling
  • Headache or symptoms that mimic the flu

Precautions

If you are going to get Botox, make sure you:

  • Choose your provider carefully
  • Do not massage the injection area, especially in the first 24 hours
  • Make sure to inform your provider if you take: allergy medications, sleeping aids, or muscle relaxers before your treatment

If you are local to the Richmond, VA area, you may wish to reach out to the staff at  DWH Med Spa. They can help you set up a consultation, give you more information about your options, or schedule an appointment for Botox or another service of your choice.

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