Myth: Botox causes brain damage.
The response to this common worry is complicated. Although there have been recent lawsuits in the media attempting to link Botox to brain damage, there’s no concrete evidence to suggest that Botox actually causes brain damage. That being said, when Botox is injected not using proper precautions, it can potentially result in nerve damage. Because Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin type A, it can migrate through blood vessels to other locations and cause crooked facial expressions, including a lopsided smile or droopy eyelids. But that’s only if it’s injected improperly or with the wrong dosage.
How does Botox even work? Botox is a neurotoxin that works by attaching itself to nerve endings. Once this happens, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, called acetylcholine, can’t be released. To put it more simply, Botox injections temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles. This is also why wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments.
Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor.
But don’t let the word “neurotoxin” scare you. Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor. The most common side effects include swelling or bruising of the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms. Although extremely unlikely, there is a possibility that the effect of botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism-like signs and symptoms, including:
- muscle weakness throughout the body
- vision problems
- trouble speaking or swallowing
- trouble breathing
- loss of bladder control
Choose Your Professional With Care
What can you do to avoid potential Botox risks and complications? Easy – select your doctor carefully! Follow these expert tips:
- You should go to a board certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist or otolaryngologist. Oftentimes paraprofessionals who are not properly trained in Botox offer injections. Do your research and understand their training before having anyone with an M.D. behind their name inject you. Often physician’s assistants and registered nurses are educated to inject as well, so if you go to one make sure they are functioning in a reputable doctor’s office with proper training, experience, and supervision.
- If your state allows other healthcare providers, such as salons and clinics, to perform Botox injections, you should still investigate them thoroughly. The provider you choose should be qualified, trained and registered with the state. A quick online search can help you find this information. Be sure the clinic has appropriate medical equipment and a safe environment in case there are any complications following the injection.
- Always seek a consultation, during which look for signs of cleanliness, sterility, and good hygiene. Never feel pressured to proceed with Botox injections if you feel uncomfortable with your provider.
- Be wary of in-home “Botox parties.” This may seem like a fun way to receive Botox injections in the comfort of your own home, but the procedure requires a safe and sterile environment and trained professional to do the injecting, as well as the proper resources, medication, and equipment if there were an unforeseen complication, allergic reaction or medical problem.
Proper Aftercare Is Essential
Keep in mind that choosing the right physician is half the battle when steering clear of Botox complications. The other battle is properly following your Botox aftercare instructions. The following are some tips that can help with your successful recovery:
- To minimize swelling or bruising, apply a cool compress. You may also want to consider stopping any medications that thin the blood for about a week before your treatment to minimize bruising. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and St. John’s wort.
- After your treatment, you should exercise the treated muscles for a couple of hours to help improve the absorption of the injected Botox. Frown repeatedly if the muscles controlling frowning were targeted. If forehead lines were targeted, raise your eyebrows. For crow’s feet, squint and smile. You may find that performing these facial movements takes a little more effort than usual.
- Avoid touching or rubbing the targeted areas for a couple of hours after treatment. This is to minimize the risk of the injected Botox spreading to muscles that were not targeted during your treatment.
- Avoid working out or performing vigorous physical activity for the rest of the day.
You might experience a headache after treatment. This can be easily resolved by taking Advil or Tylenol.
There’s a reason why millions of men and women choose Botox – there’s no surgery or recovery time involved. What’s more, Botox offers real, noticeable results. Since Botox works by weakening facial muscles, full results are generally seen within five to seven days. You’ll see deep dynamic wrinkles gradually improve over time, in addition to the early effects seen shortly after treatment. Your results will continue to improve, until about two weeks after the procedure. At that time, you’ll be looking your best. The effects of Botox will gradually wear off over the next four to six months, and the wrinkles will need to be retreated.
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