Eight Tips to Help Avoid Botox Side Effects

Posted on June 14th, 2013

Botox Side EffectsBotox injections are a popular treatment for getting rid of facial wrinkles, especially in the upper part of the face. These injections can also be used around the lips to remove those vertical lines that sometimes appear. However, dermal fillers might be a better choice for this area, especially considering they last longer. Not everyone has side effects from using Botox and those that do may only experience one or two of the several that can affect patients.

While many side effects are not very bad, it’s better to not suffer from them, so here are 8 tips to help lessen the likelihood of getting any side effects.

  1. Only allow a respected medical professional to do the injections in a medical setting. Then if you do have side effects, they can be treated properly and at once.
  2. Always tell the doctor about any health problem you have, even it is an unimportant one.
  3. Tell the doctor what medications you are on, including over the counter vitamins and herbal supplements. Some of these products can interact with Botox and cause problems. Tell the doctor if you’ve recently had antibiotic injections or take allergy or cold medication.
  4. Follow the instructions for pre and post procedure care to the letter. If you leave something out you are putting your body at risk. The doctor knows exactly what care such a procedure needs to get the best effect and avoid side effects.
  5. Report any side effects you do get, especially those that seem to linger on. Respect and follow the doctor’s advice in treating them.
  6. Never, never get Botox injections at a party. The environment is likely to be non-sterile and the person doing the injections may be unhygienic. Plus, the person is unlikely to be a highly trained and experienced professional.
  7. Only have the treatment in a medical setting, not a spa or a gym.
  8. Only have the treatment done by a trained and experienced cosmetic doctor, not any other kind of doctor.

While this treatment is very minor and many people have had it with no side effects, it is possible to develop an allergy to it after having it for a long time. You should always tell the doctor how long you’ve been having this type of treatment. And if you’ve had any side effects in that time.

Minor side effects you might have include headache, nausea, dizziness, droopy eyelid and wheezing.  You are not likely to have all of these. People rarely suffer from more than 2 at any one time. Botox is a safe treatment that has been in use for many decades for medical problems and for cosmetic purposes for over a decade.