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Botox Side Effects and Risks

Botox has been successfully used for more than 20 years and has an excellent safety record when properly administered by experienced physicians. This non-invasive treatment works by relaxing facial muscles, giving patients a more youthful look. Every year, thousands of women opt for Botox in NYC to address their frown lines, deep forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and lines around the neck.

Produced by Allergan, Botox is derived from a natural protein called Clostridium botulinum that is injected into specific facial muscles to relax movement. The effects gradually wear off over a three to six month period. Virtually painless, Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today and produces fabulous results with conservative treatment.

In addition to treating existing wrinkles, Botox can prevent the formation of new ones with long-term use. In experienced hands, Botox injections have few side effects and risks, and those that can occur are generally temporary.

Botox side effects

When injected around the eyes and forehead, the following are possible minor side effects that typically subside within a couple of days:

  • Headache
  • Mild bruising
  • Redness
  • Nausea
  • Swelling
  • Pain at the injection site

Though not common, eyelid drooping is considered a risk of Botox. This may be remedied with prescription drops that temporarily alleviate the problem. Tell your doctor of any adverse side effects that persist for more than three days.

Rare complications

Other very rare complications that warrant immediate medical care include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Blistering of the skin or severe rash
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Face or neck pain
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures

Important considerations

Following Botox injections, patients can resume normal activities with the exception of strenuous exercise. To prevent the toxin from migrating to other areas of the face, patients should refrain from lying down or massaging the injection sites for several hours after treatment.

Botox is not recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers, or individuals with conditions like myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, AML (Lou Gehrig’s), Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or bleeding disorders. Patients should always advise their cosmetic surgeon of any pre-existing conditions, allergies or medications to prevent possible complications.

Botox NYC

To achieve the best results, Botox injections are best administered by a surgeon with exceptional skill and the eye of an artist. Leading New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Loeb, promises natural results in all of his non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments, including Botox, offering patients a refreshed appearance that lasts for up to six months. To learn more about Botox in NYC, we invite you to call Dr. Loeb’s Fifth Avenue office at 212.327.3700 to schedule your private consultation.

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