Is Botox Safe? Here’s What you Need to Know
You may really want to have Botox® but are worried about the risks. What’s important to know is that Botox® risks are actually very minor. But is Botox® safe? Here’s more about this much talked about treatment:
What is Botox®?
Botox’s® primary objective is to treat and prevent facial wrinkles, although it can also be used to treat other medical conditions. In 2002, Botox® was approved by the FDA as a cosmetic treatment for frown lines above the eyebrows and wrinkles. Since then, it’s become one of the most sought-after treatments for those who want to prevent the signs and effects of aging on their face, or to correct any current signs.
What are the main risks of Botox®?
Botox® has a very good safety profile. It’s use for cosmetic purposes is extremely common – we estimate that to date, the number of administrations exceeds 10 million. Associated risks are rare and minimal, when used in the right hands by a professional with a good understanding of underlying facial anatomy.
The most common Botox® side effect is bruising at the injection site, but in most cases this can be covered up with make-up. A temporary headache or other flu-like symptoms are also sometimes reported in rare cases. There are times when Botox® is injected too close to certain muscles which leads to the appearance of droopy eyelids or eyebrows – fortunately, this is not permanent and resolves when the Botox® effect wears off.
What areas can it treat?
The most common areas to have Botox® are on the upper parts of the face. It’s typically used to perform a modest “chemical brow lift”, or to treat unwanted wrinkles caused by repetitive movement including frown lines, forehead lines, bunny lines (on the nose), and crow’s feet. In the lower face, Botox® is used to treat certain dimples and depressions on the chin, to minimise the appearance of vertical lines and wrinkles around the mouth, and to elevate a downturned corner-of-the-mouth. In the neck, Botox® is typically used to reduce prominent platysma bands (neck cords).
What can I do to avoid Botox® complications?
Here’s our advice:
- Don’t lie down for four hours after your Botox® treatment
- Try not to manipulate, rub or massage the treated area for four hours following treatment
- Don’t wear any helmets, hats or head bands that will press on the treated area for the rest of the day
- Avoid activities which involve straining, heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day
- Avoid facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and other treatments for 24 hours afterwards
When should you not have Botox®?
- If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding
- If you have a medical condition such as Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome
- If you’re taking aminoglycoside antibiotics, quinine, calcium channel blockers or penicillamine
- If you have an allergy or history of anaphylaxis to constituents of Botox®
Bear in mind that it may take 3-4 days for the results of your treatment to be seen, and two weeks for the full effect to be visible. The effects of Botox® typically last for approximately four months, but this time period can be anywhere from as little as three months to up to six months, depending on the level of activity of your facial muscles.
To summarise, when administered by a qualified professional, Botox® is perfectly safe and can certainly provide you with the results you’re seeking. Since everyone’s anatomy is unique and what people are looking for is different – we tailor our Botox® treatment specifically to your requirements. At our clinic, we like to see you two weeks after your initial treatment to evaluate the outcome and make any necessary refinements. Over time, we’ll design the perfect customised approach for you so that you can get the maximum benefit from your Botox treatment®. Contact us today to find out more.