Botulinum toxin; otherwise known as Botox, is a substance that can be used for cosmetic purposes. It is administered in the form of an injection which helps to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by smoothing out the skin. Since Botox is a neuromuscular blocker, it can also be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. When injected into a muscle, Botox permits the muscle to only have limited contractions. Its unique quality of temporarily paralyzing muscle activity has been proven to help with stiffness of the neck, muscle contractures, MS and the reduction of chronic migraines. Botox can also treat patients with a lazy eye, bladder dysfunction and excessive sweating. Although Botox is normally a safe and effective procedure, there are some temporary side effects that you should be aware of before having the treatment. Learning how to prepare for Botox side effects can make your treatment more successful.
Although some side effects are absolutely normal, they can be unpleasant. The following side effects are temporary, but typical, after Botox injections:
Your immune system fights off foreign substances and toxins within the body. Since Botox is a bacterial toxin, the body goes to work trying to fight it off which can result in any of the side effects listed above. In addition, patients with pre-existing blood disorders like anemia may bruise more than others because their blood tends to be thinner and doesn’t heal as efficiently.
Notify your doctor immediately if you experience abnormal side effects such as:
The “spread of toxin” is one of the most common side effects associated with Botox. This only occurs if someone is doing strenuous work or exercise just after Botox treatments or with bruising. Botox is supposed to stay within the general treatment area but it sometimes spreads to other locations around the injection site. From there, it can travel and paralyze other unintended areas and cause droopiness or muscle weakness. Don’t panic! Just remember that these side effects are temporary and will resolve themselves within a few weeks.