Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Top 5 Possible Side Effects of Botox



Before you make a decision about having a cosmetic procedure, such as Botox, it is always best to educate yourself with as many facts as possible. The first piece of education when opting for a vanity procedure needs to be about the possible side effects. The next is finding a qualified doctor.

We asked Dr. Leonard Tachmes, of Miami Beach Plastic Surgery Centre & Medispa to tell us the five most common side effects and why they can happen. This is what Dr. Tachmes shared about Botox:

The Dreaded Eyelid Droop
This is a major fear for many looking into Botox around the eyes. This is caused if Botox is injected too close to the upper eyelid.

Eyebrow Droop
If Botox is injected along the side of the forehead near the temple region, there is a small chance that this will affect the frontal branch of the facial nerve, which runs in this area. The anatomy of the facial nerve varies somewhat in each individual, so any Botox injection in that general area can possibly produce a droop of the lateral eyebrow. This can also occur if too much Botox is injected along the forehead region, making it difficult for the patient to raise his/her eyebrows. Careful assessment of the patient’s individual muscle anatomy and function will reduce the changes of this happening.

Bruising
Luckily with appropriate care and attention, bruises can be few and far between. This happens when the needle is inserted into a superficial skin vein. Assessing the patient’s facial vein anatomy prior to injecting and pre-treating with ice will minimize the occurrence of bruising.

Double Vision
This is extremely rare. It occurs when Botox is injected too close to the edge of the lower eyelid. The toxin affects the muscles of the eye.

New Lines
Botox can cause lines. This sometimes occurs on the lower eyelid when the Botox is injected only along the outside margin of the eyelid and not along the center portion of the lower eyelid. This can cause some wrinkles to appear more pronounced under the eyelid. A careful assessment of the lower eyelid muscle function prior to treatment will prevent this from happening.





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