Botox is a safe, stellar, and effective anti-aging cosmetic dermatology procedure to mitigate minor facial wrinkles and fine lines and restore a smoother looking face. Botox has been approved by the FDA and has an extensive safety record, provided it is performed by a trained and experienced Botox provider.
In any case, the Botox candidate should be aware of the potential risks and complications of Botox in order to make an informed decision. The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin, which can cause serious side effects if it is wrongly administered or delivered in wrong quantity.
Board certified dermatologists Dr. Tri H. Nguyen and Dr. George Hughes III provide Botox to patients in Houston, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands, Texas, and surrounding communities across the horizon in the incredible Lone Star State.
Potential side effects of Botox injections may include pain and discomfort in the treated sites, redness, swelling, bruising, inflammation, bleeding and infection. In rare cases, the symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction. If the patient experiences dizziness or breathing difficulties, they should immediately contact the doctor.
Some of the other side effects associated with Botox dermatology treatment may include headache, neck pain, muscle spasm, twitching, droopy eyelids, dry mouth, fatigue and numbness in the injection sites. Numbness may occur in a few patients due to muscle immobility. If the Botox treatment has not been effective, the risk of muscle spasms increases.
Botox may cause an adverse impact on the surrounding healthy tissue if the injections are administered incorrectly or in excess volume. For instance, if Botox is injected between the brows or close to the upper eyelids, it may sometimes cause droopy eyelids for a temporary period.
If the Botox injections are administered wrongly, it may also cause other potential complications in rare situations. These may include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Cockeyed eyebrows
- Drooling or crooked smile
- Excessive tearing
- Vision difficulties
- General muscle weakness
- Difficulty in speaking or swallowing
- Weak bladder control
Who Should Avoid Botox?
Careful candidate selection will help minimize the risks of Botox treatment. The procedure should not be recommended to patients with one or more of the following conditions:
- Known allergy to Botox ingredients
- Previous experience of side effects with Botox
- Untreated infection in the injection area
- Suffering from ALS, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another disease that affects muscles or nerves
- Asthma or breathing problems
- Bleeding issues
- Received a facial surgery in the recent past
- Planning for a facial surgery
- Weakness in forehead muscles
- Not able to stop the use of blood thinners or NSAIDs for a few days
According to the Botox manufacturer, Allergan Inc., pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid Botox treatment. As long as the patient chooses a qualified Botox provider who can correctly identify the injection sites and administer precise dosage for specific wrinkles, the patient will be exposed to minimal risk.
For more information on procedures and treatments offered at Texas Surgical Dermatology PA please call 832.663.6566 or click here to contact our dermatologists. Helping patients in Houston, The Woodlands, Springs, Katy and other surrounding areas of Texas.