botox treatments

How Safe are Botox Treatments?

Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Botox treatments consist of non-surgical injections of a facial filler to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a more youthful look. When administered by an experienced medical professional, Mayo Clinic reports that Botox injections are relatively safe.

Jacksonville cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi ranks high in both experience and leadership in his field. He was one of the first plastic surgeons in the southeastern U.S. to use facial fillers when early collagen products were introduced in the 1970s.

Now experienced with various types of facial fillers, Dr. Obi continues to remain on the cutting edge of the latest advancements and technologies, including those in the world of Botox. Botox treatments are one of the more popular filler options due to their high effectiveness for reducing or eliminating forehead creases, frown lines, crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes and thick bands of wrinkles on the neck.

How It Works

Botox is the cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, specifically formulated for cosmetic and medical use. It works by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity in the targeted area. While it may be best known for its ability to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles, Botox has also been helpful for treating neck spasms, excessive sweating, overactive bladder and chronic migraines.

Safety and Risks

Because Botox uses a form of toxin produced by the same microbe that creates food poisoning, incorrect administration of the drug can be dangerous. Under the guidance of an experienced professional, however, the overall risks are low.

The most common side effects of Botox injections are minor bruising or swelling at the injection site, which may be the case in any type of facial filler injection. Other potential side effects may include headaches or symptoms that mimic the flu.

Incorrect administration of the drug can open up a whole host of other potential issues. If the injections are improperly placed, Botox can spread into surrounding tissues and subject them to its paralyzing effects. Improper placement of the drug can result in:

  • Crooked smile
  • Eyelid droop
  • Uneven eyebrows
  • Excessive tearing or extremely dry eyes

Even less likely is the slight possibility that the effects of the toxin may spread to other areas of the body. This could result in symptoms similar to those from botulism, such as:

  • Full-body muscle weakness
  • Problems swallowing, speaking or breathing
  • Vision issues
  • Loss of bladder control

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms arise after Botox treatments. They could surface anytime from hours to weeks following treatment.

Botox Precautions

The first step in any Botox treatment plan is an initial consultation. Here Dr. Obi can determine if Botox would be the most effective treatment for your desired outcome. The consultation is also the time to review any health conditions or issues that may not mix well with Botox. Botox is generally