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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Risks & SafetyBotox is an effective and safe anti-aging cosmetic dermatology treatment to mitigate minor aging lines and wrinkles on the face and rejuvenate facial appearance. Botox is FDA-approved and has a substantial safety record when administered by a skilled and qualified treatment provider.

A Botox candidate should understand the possible risks and complications associated with the treatment in order to make a well-considered decision. The main ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin. This neurotoxin can cause severe side effects if delivered in an incorrect manner or quantity.

Suncoast Skin Solutions, led by board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski, provides Botox injections to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, The Villages Central Florida, Florida, and other towns and suburbs in this glorious part of the country.

Potential Risks

The potential risks associated with Botox include minor post-operative pain and discomfort in the areas of treatment, in addition to inflammation, bruising, redness, infection, and bleeding. In rare instances, the symptoms may point towards an allergic reaction. The patient should consult the doctor immediately if they experience breathing problems or dizziness.

Other potential side effects of Botox cosmetic medical spa treatment such as neck pain, headache, muscle spasm, dry mouth, droopy eyelids, numbness, twitching, and fatigue may occur in a few cases. Some patients may experience numbness because of muscle immobility. The muscle spasms may increase if the Botox treatment has been ineffective.

Botox may impact the surrounding normal tissue if the injections are not correctly delivered or if the amount of medication is excessive. For example, Botox may cause droopy eyelids for some time if it is injected close to the upper eyelids or between the eyebrows.

Additional Risks

If the provider administers the Botox injections incorrectly, it could lead to other complications in rare cases. These complications may include:

  • Overall muscle weakness
  • Cockeyed eyebrows
  • Weak bladder control
  • Drooling or crooked smile
  • Difficulty in swallowing or talking
  • Vision problems
  • Excessive tearing
  • Flu-like symptoms

Who should Avoid Botox?

Selecting candidates for Botox carefully will help to minimize the risks associated with Botox treatment. This treatment is not suitable for patients with the following conditions:

  • Known to be allergic to Botox components
  • Experienced Botox side-effects previously
  • Unresolved infection at the injection site
  • Suffering from myasthenia gravis, ALS, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another condition that impacts nerves or muscles
  • Asthma and breathing problems
  • Bleeding problems
  • Received face surgery recently
  • Considering facial surgery
  • Weakness in forehead muscles
  • Unable to stop the use of NSAIDS or blood thinners for a few days

As per the Botox manufacturer Allergen Inc., women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not undergo Botox treatment. If the patient selects a skilled and qualified Botox treatment provider who can identify the injection sites properly and inject the correct dosage for particular wrinkles, they will be at minimum risk for complications.

Committed Dr. Ewanowski’s skin care clinic receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, The Villages Central Florida, Florida, and other neighborhoods and communities for Botox

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County, Brandon, Lutz (2 locations), Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Largo at Bardmoor, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, and Palm Harbor, Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.