The Pros and Cons of Botox

Botox is a popular treatment for correcting wrinkles and facial folds. It introduces the neurotoxin, botulinum A, into the muscles causing paralysis by blocking the signals for contraction.

Hence, the smooth appearance. When injected in small amounts in the face, Botox remains safe. The procedure also requires less time, encouraging many people to avail of the treatment.

Pros of Having Botox

• The results are not permanent, lasting only for 3 to 8 months. In case you decide the effects are not desirable enough for you, you can easily switch to another treatment after. No damage done as the skin returns to its original condition.

• It requires minimal downtime, around 5 to 10 minutes, unlike surgeries. You see the reduction of fine lines a day after the procedure. In some patients, the full results slowly manifest after 3 days or so.

• Most patients report no pain when undergoing Botox. The needle points are tiny and doctors are knowledgeable of techniques to make the procedure painless.

• It’s a relatively safe treatment and the health risks are minimal, provided that you select a good doctor.

• Furthermore, Botox treatments are not only corrective procedures but also preventive remedies to aging. They help prevent the development of lines, as well as stop excessive sweating. In fact, many female patients use Botox for underarm sweating control.

Cons of Having Botox

• It can be costly in the long run, having to redo the treatment. Depending on location, facial areas covered, and doctor, the cost per injection runs from $100 to $2,000.

• Frequent and large injections of Botox can result in a frozen facial expression. Some facial areas can look paralyzed with limited movements, such as the inability to frown the eyebrows.

• In some cases, injecting muscle relaxers like Botox requires several attempts before you get the perfect look. This can be burdensome for some patients.

• Severe allergic reactions can happen, particularly when your doctor fails to administer a test prior to the treatment.

Other Possible Side Effects:

These side effects are treatable, yet still it pays knowing them for precaution:

• Headaches and nausea are common after getting Botox. After all, a foreign substance has just been injected into your body. Over-the-counter drugs help alleviate the symptoms.

• Neck pains are signs that the toxin has spread to other areas besides the face. If it spreads to your chest, the complications are fatal. This rarely happens unless you’ve gone to a less experienced doctor.

• Dysphasia, the condition wherein your speech and facial expressions are restricted, happens very rarely. The same is true for upper respiratory tract infections.

• About 5% of patients who undergo Botox treatments experience dropped eyelids, medically known as ptosis. The condition, however, is only temporary.

• Bruises appear in problem areas. This is just normal and disappears after a few weeks. But if the bruises and swelling become more serious over a few days, showing no signs of healing, it’s best to contact your doctor.

Whether or not you should get Botox depends on your budget, risk appetite, and skin needs. It’s best to talk to your dermatologist about the right beauty treatment.