What is Botox?
Botox is used to counteract the process of aging and wrinkles. Botox is the purified form of botulinum toxin A. There is no risk of botulism when registered accordingly. Botox functions by blocking the nerves that help contract muscles thereby softening the appearance of wrinkles.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Seek immediate medical attention if the patient suffers from such side effects for several hours or several weeks after the injection is registered.
- Severe or unusual muscle weakness
- Loss of bladder control
- Trouble swallowing, breathing or talking
- Drooping eyelids
- Hoarse voice
- Eye pain, vision changes or severely dry and irritated eyes
- Irregular heartbeats, chest pain or pressure, spread to jaw or shoulder
- The sensation of pain felt when urinating or when having trouble emptying your bladder
- A cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest tightness
- Eyelid swelling, drainage or crusting from eyes or problems with vision
What are the risks of Botox?
During this procedure, risks are minor. The main risks include sustaining headache, pain or flu-like illness. However, there are rare cases of patients suffering from drooping eyelid or eyebrow area. It is vital for the cosmetic surgeon to critically assess the patient’s lid before injecting as patients with an already drooping lid or constantly arching of lids, do not make good candidates. As of recently, there have been risks of retrograde botulinum toxin transmission which means the toxin can travel back to the central nervous system and sustain long-term damage. Other severe risks associated with the spread of the toxin involve breathing and swallowing troubles and even death. Patients allergic to egg are not advised to register this material as it is prepared with an egg or albumin base. Pregnant patients are not encouraged to register it as well.
What are the warnings to consider before administering Botox?
The patient is not advised to inject Botox if an infection exists in the area where the medicine will be injected. This medicine should not be used if the patient has an existing bladder infection or unable to pass urine properly. Another serious precaution to note is the botulinum toxin present in Botox, which can spread throughout the body via the central nervous system from where it was injected. This can lead to severe, life-threatening side effects if not adequately addressed then and there. Botox is made up of donated human plasma, due to this fact it can contain viruses and other infectious agents. Although donated plasma is tested and treated to reduce any such risk of contamination, there is a small probability of transmission of disease.