Botox should be administered only by thoroughly trained master injectors who not only perform injections but care for patients after treatment.
Mention the word “Botox” in a group, and general responses contrast — from elated compliments to safety and effectiveness concerns. Regardless, 7.2 million Americans received Botox, or botulinum toxin Type A, in 2017, up 2 percent from the previous year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Medicalnewstoday.com explains Botox as derived from bacterium that is “found in many natural settings, including soil, lakes and forests. The bacterium can also be found in the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish and in the gills and organs of crabs and other shellfish.”
Although Botox is used medically to treat conditions from excessive sweating to migraines, muscular disorders and some bladder and bowel disorders, it is also used by plastic surgeons to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Injections of Botox block signals from the nerves to the muscles, reports Cleveland Clinic: “The injected muscles can no longer contract as forcefully, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.”
Dr. Richard Asarch of Asarch Dermatology and Aesthetics in Denver shares that Botox is administered only by thoroughly trained master injectors who not only perform injections but care for patients after treatment. After injections, softening of lines is apparent within 2 to 4 days, with the maximum benefit at 2 weeks. After two weeks, patients are encouraged to be evaluated to determine if additional injections are needed. Results last from three to six months, with the need for additional injections to continue in order to maintain Botox’s effects.
While side effects from Botox are uncommon, they can occur. Most dermatologists will convey before a procedure the possible negative issues involving the injection. Milder side effects might include headache, nausea, bruising and numbness.
However, some patients have experienced vision problems; trouble speaking, swallowing or breathing; muscle weakness, and more.