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Botox – benefits and side effects

Botox – benefits and side effects

Just like Xeomin and Dysport, Botox is also used to counter wrinkles on your face. It is a purified form of botulinum toxin A which means that appropriate use decreases any risk of botulism. Botox works by blocking the nerves which contract facial muscles and this softens the appearance of wrinkles.

Benefits of Botox

It is important to know that Botox is best for what are called ‘dynamic’ wrinkles which have not really set. These are wrinkles which appear when you move your face like when you frown. If you do not move the muscle too much, wrinkles will not be formed.

Side effects of Botox

If you are planning a pregnancy or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you must discuss it with your doctor before you begin Botox treatment. It is possible that you may be affected by certain side effects of Botox like bruising, headache or pain at the injection site. In very rare cases, you may get a drooping eyelid or eyebrows which resolve on their own in a few months.

If you decide to get Botox, you must ensure a few things:

  • Pills like ibuprofen or aspirin thin your blood. This means that bleeding at the site of injection increases and leads to bruises. Skip these pills for at least 2 weeks before your Botox treatment. You must also let your doctor know about any natural supplements you take. These could include vitamin E or gingko since these thin your blood as well.

  • Make sure you ask your doctor to give you a natural and expressive look. It is easy for your doctor to adjust the dose to ensure natural results.

  • Even though getting a Botox treatment at a party or a spa sounds like fun; it is an injectable. Ensure that you get your treatment from a board-certified doctor who is specialized in plastic surgery or dermatology.

Other benefits of Botox

Even though Botox has been popular for treating wrinkles, it can also help with the embarrassing condition of excessive underarm sweat. This condition medically known as hyperhidrosis affects more than a million people in the U.S. and Botox has been helping them fight it effectively.

Botulinum toxin A and B under different brands also helps with migraines, eye problems, muscle spasms like cervical dystonia and overactive bladder. Botox is not a cure but continued treatment with a qualified doctor will ensure good response to it.

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