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Botox Risks

In general, Botox risks are minimal compared to the benefits that are enjoyed by patients who receive this cosmetic non-surgical technique. Botox was approved on April 15, 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the appearance of facial and neck wrinkles. Between 2002 and 2003 the number of people having this procedure increased by 158 percent. Over 2.6 million women and 333,000 men underwent Botox procedures in 2003 alone.

This non-invasive cosmetic procedure has grown so popular because of its quick results and the low instance of Botox risks. Botox is a derivative of botulinum toxin A, which can be injected under the skin to cause muscle paralysis. This causes a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles that are caused by repeated muscle contractions, such as crow's feet, horizontal creases on the forehead, and vertical lines around the mouth. The effects of Botox are noticeable one to two days after the procedure and can last up to six months.

As with any type of medical procedure there are some Botox risks that consumers should be aware of. The most common Botox risks are short term and can include headache, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, forehead and eyelid drooping, and nausea. Less common Botox risks include symptoms that are generally associated with the injection. These Botox risks can include pain, redness, swelling, bruising, bleeding, numbness, and muscle weakness. These symptoms generally subside within a week because Botox only stays in the body temporarily.

There are a number of things that can increase Botox risks. If a patient receives too much Botox in the mouth area, they may experience drooling. Botox risks can be elevated for people who have neuromuscular disorders or allergic reactions to egg products. Patients who are interested in Botox should discuss all current medications, supplements, and herbal treatments with their doctor because some of these chemicals can increase Botox risks.

People who receive Botox injections often can develop anti-bodies that can make the body resistant to the effects of Botox injections. Patients can minimize Botox risks by refraining from rubbing or massaging the treated area for a period of time following the procedure. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should not have this procedure done, due to Botox risks that can adversely affect fetal or infant development.

Botox procedures are considered medical techniques that should be administered by a medical professional who has evaluated a person's medical history, determined that they are appropriate candidates, and carry out the procedure in a sterile medical facility with the proper techniques and follow-up. The "Botox party" trend can increase Botox risks because people are receiving this medical procedure in a non-medical setting without the proper precautions.

If you are interested in learning more about whether or not Botox is right for you, please contact us to confer with a qualified cosmetic surgeon in your area.