Botox is used as a cosmetic treatment to banish wrinkles and sagging facial muscles. The compound is administered to the target area by injecting with a very fine needle. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes and the patient can easily go back to his normal routine immediately after. Usually, the effect begins to become visible within three days and the client enjoys a wrinkle-free face in a span of three to four months. As a therapeutic drug, it is used to treat chronic migraine and a host of other muscle control disorders.
It being a neurotoxin, or a poisonous substance targeting the nervous system, means that it may cause adverse reactions from the body. In spite of this, allergy testing is not regularly done on patients before the substance is injected into their system.
To be on the safe side, here is a list of the most common Botox side effects experienced by patients. Although these are considered regular occurrences among most people who have had Botox, patients are still strongly encouraged to seek a doctor’s opinion at the first sign of a negative reaction. Each person has a unique capacity to withstand irritants and allergens and this is something you do not explore on your own.
- Droopy eyelids.
This can be very uncomfortable and may take four to six weeks before the eyes start looking better.
- Blurry vision.
If the patient has always had perfect vision, this side effect might scare her. You should start seeing clearly within five weeks after the procedure.
- Bruising and swelling.
The area where the Botox was injected would normally exhibit redness and blotching. This may be the most common of all side effects and should be gone in a day or two.
- Nausea and loss of appetite.
This is a pretty complicated reaction and one that needs your doctor’s immediate attention. Do not wait until you’re too weak to seek medical advice.
The reactions are not limited to these four although these are considered to be the most common. A Botox side effect is not to be taken lightly as the drug can directly affect the nervous system. If this is your first time to try Botox, it is best that you have it done by a doctor you are familiar with.