Dos and Don'ts about Botox

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What you read in this article:

  1. What is Botox?
  2. What are the types of Botox?
  3. Different usages of Botox injections?
  4. What are the risks of Botox injections?
  5. How should prepare for Botox injection?
  6. When you cannot have Botox?
  7. What to do in a Botox injection session?
  8. What you shouldn't do after Botox injection?
  9. Is Botox good for lasy eye?


preparing for botox


Botox comes from botulinum toxin, produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning. Although it is used to Reduce Wrinkles as a cosmetic procedure, it has a lot of medical applications like neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder, and a lazy eye. Nowadays botox injections are used for preventing chronic migraines.
Botox injections are relatively safe when performed by experienced healthcare providers or doctors. However there are possible side effects and complications like Pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, they are not dangerous and they will be disappeared after one or two days. Headache or flu-like symptoms are very common among patients.

 There are different types of Botox:

    1. abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport)
    2. rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc)
    3. incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin)

Different usages of Botox injections

Different usages of Botox injections

• Cervical dystonia
When neck muscles contract involuntary and cause very painful and uncomfortable position.

• Lazy eye
Imbalanced muscles are mostly responsible for lazy eyes.

• Muscle contractures
Some neurological conditions, like cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your center. In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with Botox injections(toxin will paralyze the nerves and reduce contractions).

• Hyperhidrosis
Some patients have problems with excessive sweating even when the temperature is not high. In these cases, Botox injections are really helpful.

• Chronic migraine
If a patient experiences migraines more than 15 times during a month, it's called Chronic Migraine. Injecting Botox  can reduce the headache frequency. Even it's used as a prevention method for chronic migraines.

• Bladder dysfunction
In an overactive bladder injecting Botox can reduce urinary incontinence.
• Eye twitching
In conditions in which muscles around the eye twitch or contracture Botox injections relieve them.

Select your doctor carefully

Although some healthcare providers can inject Botox, it's better to let a doctor do this. The place of injections is very sensitive and the person should know about the anatomy of nerves and muscles in that location. Trying to ask a doctor for Botox injections who has experienced administering Botox treatments, will avoid different harmful side effects.

Risks of Botox injections

a headache and flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours
• bruising, swelling, and redness where the needles injected into the skin
• a frozen appearance – you might not be able to move the muscles in your face if too much Botox is injected
• temporary weakness and droopiness in your face – for example, your eyelids or eyebrows may droop if the Botox moves into these areas

Various risks of Botox injections
• Pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site
• Headache or flu-like symptoms
• Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
• Crooked smile or drooling
• Eye dryness or excessive tearing
• Muscle weakness
• Vision problems
• Trouble speaking or swallowing
• Breathing problems
• Loss of bladder control

How do you prepare for Botox injection?

Before injections tell your doctor about your past medical treatments, your drug history, and especially your allergy history. It's important to notify your doctor if you had botox injections during the four last months.
If you take blood thinners, you may need to stop taking them several days before your injection to reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising.

Before the procedure

This is a type of minor medical procedure and patients don't feel discomfort.
Maybe you prefer to numb the areas of injections. Your doctor can utilize different methods to numb areas like topical anesthesia especially if it's done for treating excessive sweating. Utilizing ice and vibration and massage are the other methods that are used to reduce discomfort.

During the procedure

The injection procedure is mostly done in the doctor's office. Botulinum toxin injection is done with a thin needle. Depending on desired goals and the extent of the area being treated the number of injections varies.

After the procedure

After the injection process, you feel a little headache and pain. Try not to rub or massage the injected areas for at least 24 hours(prevent spreading to other areas). You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure.

The result of Botox injections usually begins working one to three days after treatment. Depending on the treated areas, the effect may last at least three months or longer. To maintain the effect, you'll need regular follow-up injections.

When you cannot have Botox?
• you have a skin infection
• you're unwell in any way
• you have a neuromuscular condition like myasthenia gravis
• you're taking certain medicines
• you're pregnant or breastfeeding

What to do in a Botox injection session?

What you need to do in a Botox injection session is not as important as what you need to do before and after, but here are some things to keep in mind to experience a good injection session:

      • Do not apply makeup on the day of Botox injection.
      • Before Botox injections, your skin is cleansed with alcohol or disinfectant, so it is best not to apply makeup because they will clean it anyway.
      • Use ice: Using ice before, during, and after Botox injections can help reduce possible bruising.

Things to Avoid After Botox Injections:

      • Exercise: It is very important that you do not exercise at all. Wait at least 24 hours for Botox to be fully absorbed by your body.
      • Massage and rub the injection site: You may feel uncomfortable after the injection and want to massage it, but you should avoid this. Any unnecessary move in that area can have unintended consequences.
      • Sleeping on the face: The usual recovery time after the injection is two to four hours, you may want to take a short nap during this time, but it is recommended that you avoid doing this and try to do something else during this time.
      • Use of blood thinners: Avoid taking anticoagulants or blood-thinning medicines after the injection. It is best to talk to your doctor to see when you can take these medicines again.
      • Avoid exposure to excessive heat: Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or solarium lamps or any other activity that causes extreme heat until the redness and swelling go away.

Botox for Lazy eye

Adults who suddenly develop lazy eyes may have an underlying condition that needs to be treated. Lazy eyes are completely curable on their own. Botox injections are usually one of the last methods used to manage this disease.

You should know that if you had injected too much Botox on your forehead for many, many years, the muscles will get weaker and flatter, and the skin can also appear thinner and looser. Moreover, as your muscles become weaker, they can start to recruit surrounding muscles when you make facial expressions.

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