Botox is a very common injectable and most people know it for its anti-ageing abilities. However, there are a number of potential benefits and uses that you should know about.
You also want to know how it works to produce these benefits and uses. Of course, like all medications, there is the potential for side effects and you want to know what these are before you make your appointment to get the injections.
This allows you to make an informed decision as to whether Botox is right for you and your medical or anti-ageing needs.
Benefits and Uses of Botox
The most common use for Botox is for anti-ageing purposes. Your plastic surgeon may recommend this injectable for the following:
- Frown lines that can develop between both eyebrows
- Furrows on your forehead
- Crow’s feet that extend beyond the inner corners of your eyes
In addition to anti-ageing, Botox can be used to help with certain medical conditions. These conditions include:
- Lazy eye: This can occur as a result of a muscle imbalance that affects eye positioning. Botox can correct this imbalance so that your eyes are positioned correctly.
- Hyperhidrosis: This is characterised by excessive sweating. Doctors can inject Botox in the armpit area to reduce the excessive sweating.
- Bladder dysfunction: Overactive bladder can lead to urinary incontinence. Botox can help to reduce urinary frequency.
- Cervical dystonia: This condition is where the muscles in the neck involuntarily contract. The head sits in an abnormal position and the patient typically experiences intense pain.
- Muscle contractures: Severe muscle spasms and contractures of the muscles can be helped with Botox injections because this medication works to relax those muscles.
- Chronic migraines: Those who have migraines at least half of the month can often benefit from Botox injections into the muscles at the base of the skull and neck.
After you receive your injections, you can expect to maintain your results for about three to 12 months.
After the effects start to subside, your doctor can perform another set of injections. This is true for all benefits and uses of Botox.
Potential Risks and Side Effects with Botox
For most people, these injections are safe as long as you choose a reputable doctor to do them.
It is possible to have some swelling and bruising where the injections occur, as well as flu-like symptoms or a headache. These are typically temporary and resolve in a few days after you have the injections done.
Incorrect placement of the injections may cause the following:
- Cockeyed eyebrows
- Excessive tearing or dry eyes
- Eyelid droop
- Crooked smile
It is unlikely that Botox will cause significant side effects, but there is the potential for them to occur.
If you experience any of the serious side effects of this injection, it is important that you immediately contact your doctor or seek emergency treatment. These effects can occur up to a few weeks after the injections and can include:
- All over muscle weakness
- Difficulty swallowing or speaking
- Bladder control loss
- Vision problems
- Difficulty breathing
Before you have a Botox treatment, talk to your doctor about all medications that you take and make sure to be clear about any medical conditions that you have. Disclosing this information will make it safer for you to have the injections done, regardless of the use or benefit that you are trying to achieve.
You should also make sure that the doctor that you choose to administer the injections has plenty of experience with Botox. This reduces the risk of side effects and any adverse events that can potentially occur when you have Botox injections.