Botox is a treatment used very liberally by doctors all around the work, as it is claimed to be a safe and harmless solution to many ailments. Moreover, it is very frequently used by people who want to enhance their facial features, making themselves younger and prettier, even if only temporary. However, the case is not as simple as it may seem. Botox treatment is a very serious thing and needs to be carefully thought through before you book it. Not only are there things that can go wrong during the treatment, but there is also a range of side effects, both short-term and long-term, which need to be carefully considered.
First of all: what is Botox?
A good thing to know before you decide to go with a treatment is to know what even Botox is. Botox is a trademark name for onabotulinum toxin A, and was used to a quite different purpose than it is today. It might be a surprise for you, but Botox was originally used in order to control muscle spasms and severe sweating. This day, however, a product named Botox Cosmetic is most widely used. That is the one used for cosmetic enhancements, and is made out of a combination of the botulinum toxin A, along with albumin and sodium chloride. This mixture is used for smoothing and filling our faces, which reduces wrinkles and gives the face more volume by relaxing the muscles. Take note that the only FDA-approved use for Botox Cosmetic is to smooth frown lines. If somebody offers you Botox for laugh lines, crow’s feet, or lips, know that it is not its intended purpose and the treatment is quite off-label.
So what are some contraindications for Botox?
First of all, before you even think about getting a Botox treatment, you have to consult with a doctor. The doctor will prescribe you a range of tests to see if you even qualify for Botox. The main contraindication is an allergy to any of the ingredients, which is tested first and foremost. You also cannot go with the treatment if you have an infection or a major skin condition around your forehead. Moreover, you should not be on any medication before and during the treatment, and should also not proceed with it if you have breathing or swallowing problems. While Botox has never proven to affect a pregnant person or one who is breastfeeding, most doctors dissuade their patients from going with a Botox treatment at such a time. For ethical reasons, no studies were performed on pregnant women or fresh mothers, and it is not known for sure whether Botox could affect them. So just for safety – do not book for Botox treatment when expecting or for some time after the birth.
Are there any side effects to Botox?
Well, when it comes to cosmetic treatments, there is no miracle method and every major procedure does have some side effects to it. One of the most recent notions when it comes to Botox is that it can move between nerve cells. Such an occasion is quite rare, but when it happens, it could invoke muscle weakness, and even difficulty breathing. That is why people with asthma are highly discouraged to go with the procedure. Such side effects are often temporary and can be helped, but could happen mere hours after the injection or even weeks – there is no way to know for sure. There are also some more common side effects which you should not really worry too much about. They are not very severe and usually come and go pretty quickly. These side effects include:
- Problems with swallowing
- Vulnerability to cold or flu
- Muscle weakness
- Problems with eyesight (irritation, dry eyes, difficulty blinking, hypersensitivity to light)
That being said, Botox is still one of the safest cosmetic procedures. There have been less than 40 serious side effect cases between 1989 and 2003. Moreover, 13 of these cases were patients with medical conditions which may have led to the side effects. If you consult with a qualified doctor and heed every precaution – you are sure to be safe. Are you interested in botox? Give Skin Club Australia a call and let us pick the correct cosmetic procedure for your needs!