What is Botox?
Botox injection treatment is a popular, FDA-approved product that can smooth and relax wrinkles and fine lines in the face and reduce the look of aging. Botox can also treat certain other problems, like acne and migraine headaches.
How Botox injectables work
Botox works by blocking your nerve signals that stimulate muscles to contract. This means that when Botox is injected into an area of your face, the muscle will relax and smooth out, resulting in a more youthful appearance. The most common wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement are between the brows, around the eyes, and on the forehead.
Botox treatments may also be able to promote the production of collagen and elastin, which help keep the skin on your face flexible, firm, and youthful-looking.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Every drug has a list of possible side effects that can occur. It’s important to let your physician or dermatologist know if you experience severe or long-lasting side effects following your Botox treatments. However, most side effects are less severe and temporary. Most of the possible Botox side effects are listed below, but you may or may not experience any/all of them:
More Common Botox Side Effects
- Injection site irritations, including:
Less Common Botox Side Effects
- Ringing in your ears
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty or pain when urinating
- Increased sweating
- Flu symptoms, including:
- Neck/back pain
- Stomach pain
The Potential Risks of Botox Injections
When performed by a knowledgeable and experienced dermatologist, Botox injections are relatively safe and easy to undergo. You can generally complete a Botox treatment during a short in-office visit with one of our professional skin care physicians in Miami, FL. Most patients find that they can immediately return to their normal lifestyle and activities after having Botox.
Botox injections could result in a number of complications–some more serious than others. These potential risks of Botox treatment could include:
- Swelling, bruising, and pain near the treatment area
- Flu-like symptoms
- Eye dryness
- Excessive tearing from eyes
- Crooked smile
- Excessive drooling from the mouth
- Drooping eyelids
- Cockeyed eyebrows
There are also some less common, but serious side effects of Botox. The below problems occur when a toxin found in Botox injections spreads into the rest of your body. If you notice any of the following serious effects of Botox, get in touch with your doctor right away:
- Trouble seeing
- Trouble speaking
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Loss of bladder control
- Muscle weakness
How should I prepare for my Botox treatment?
There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent any hiccups on the day of your Botox procedure. Here are some things you can keep in mind when preparing for Botox injections:
Do your research on Botox
Gathering information about Botox should be done carefully and methodically. The best source for information about a drug is on that drug’s website, on another credible website, or–most importantly–from your healthcare provider or dermatologist. Further, part of your research should include evaluating your own wants and needs. Decide what you want Botox to help you with. Many people choose to have Botox treatments to:
- Improve wrinkles and fine lines on the face
- Look more youthful
- Calm muscle spasms in the neck or back
- Control armpit sweating
- Prevent migraine headaches
- Reduce uncontrollable blinking
- Control bladder leaking or an overactive bladder
Choose a Stress-Free Time for Botox Injections
It’s important to make sure your Botox appointment is scheduled for a good time of the day, week, and month, when you won’t be stressed, feel rushed, or be nervous about other things going on in your life. Having Botox injections–especially for the first time–might be nerve-wracking for you. So, consider scheduling a time and day when you will be as relaxed as possible and have plenty of time to have the procedure worry-free.
Possible Medication Interactions With Botox
Some medications, like blood thinners and muscle reactions, can cause serious problems when used at the same time as Botox injections. So, before your appointment, be sure to discuss all of your current prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs that you use with your dermatologist. Ask your doctor before taking any medication before your Botox appointment.
Here are some of the many drugs that could have potential negative side effects if used with Botox (speak with your doctor for a complete list):
- Allergy medication
- Sleeping pills
- Muscle relaxers
- Blood thinners
- St. John’s Wort
- Vitamin E
- Fish oils
- Omega-3 oils
- Ginkgo biloba
Talk To Your Dermatologist and Avoid Smoking Before Botox
In addition to the above steps to preparing for Botox, you should also avoid smoking cigarettes and consider applying an ice pack to the injection area. In some cases, this can help prevent bruising after the treatment. Discuss any concerns and questions you have about your treatment prior to the Botox injections. It may be helpful to write down all of your Botox questions and then bring your list with you to your consultation.
What you should not do after Botox
After Botox, take care in following the below steps, in addition to any directions from your dermatologist:
- Don’t Rub Treatment Areas
- Avoid touching and rubbing the treatment areas. Massaging or rubbing your injection site might move the toxin around below the skin and make it less effective. As a general rule, try not to touch the injection area at all for as long as possible.
- Allow Time for Treatment to Work
- After your treatment, wait at least four hours to exercise or lay down. This helps keep the treatment in the correct area of your body.
- Wait to Have Other Procedures
What other treatments can I combine with Botox?
These supplemental procedures should not be done until at least one day after your Botox procedure. This includes:
- Chemical peels
- Speak with your dermatologist in Miami to learn more about which procedures we offer in conjunction with Botox and how long you should wait before having your second procedure.
How long after Botox will I see results?
Botox is a quick procedure, and some patients notice results right away. In most cases, patients notice a gradual improvement in their appearance between three and five days after the treatment. Full results usually onset within 14 days of your injections.
Are Botox results permanent?
Botox injections are not permanent, and will slowly wear off over three to four months. As you notice the treatment wearing off, contact your dermatologist to schedule your next treatment.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are interested in Botox injections or treatment, visit Kendall Dermatology at our Kendall, Florida dermatology office. We offer a comprehensive range of skincare treatments, including the latest clinical and cosmetic dermatology procedures. Our office is home to skilled dermatologists and licensed estheticians. Contact our office by calling 305.595.0393 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment anytime.