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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Risks and Safety | Los Angeles Med SpaBotox is an FDA approved injectable treatment offered by a med spa to mitigate the signs of aging from the face and restore a more youthful look. High safety profile of Botox injections has made it the most popular non-surgical anti-aging cosmetic procedure in the US today.

However, some risks are going to be inherent to Botox, and the patient should be aware of these risks in order to make a well-informed choice. Botulinum toxin is a powerful biological agent, which can cause severe side effects if it is administered wrongly or in wrong volumes.

Rejuvenate Medical Spa, led by Dr. Bijan Farah, provides Botox injections to patients in Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA, and other neighborhoods and communities across the horizon.

 

Potential Risks

Potential side effects of Botox treatment include pain or discomfort in the injection sites, swelling, bruising, redness, inflammation, bleeding and infection. Some of the symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction. If the patient experiences dizziness or difficulty in breathing, they must contact a physician promptly.

Some of the other known risks of this med spa injection procedure include muscle spasms, droopy eyelids, twitching, headache, neck pain, numbness in the injection areas, dry mouth, and fatigue. Some patients may have numbness due to muscle immobility, while others may experience muscle spasms where the Botox treatment has not been effective.

If the provider has wrongly administered the injections or delivered Botox medication in excess quantity, it may spread to unintended areas and create an adverse effect on the surrounding tissue. For example, when Botox is injected between the brows or near the upper eyelids, it may temporarily lead to drooping eyelids.

 

Other Complications

In rare cases, other complications with Botox may occur, particularly if the injections have been wrongly administered. These may include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Cockeyed eyebrows
  • Drooling or crooked smile
  • Excessive tearing
  • Vision difficulties
  • General muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in speaking or swallowing
  • Weak bladder control

Rejuvenate Medical Spa receives patients from Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for Botox treatment.

 

Minimizing the Risks

To minimize the risks of Botox, it is crucial to determine the right candidates. Botox should not be administered on people with one or more of the following conditions:

  • Allergic to one of the ingredients of Botox or its variants
  • Suffered from side effects of Botox or its variants in the past
  • Having a stubborn skin infection in the area to be injected
  • Suffering from ALS, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another disease that affects muscles or nerves
  • Asthma or chronic breathing troubles
  • Bleeding problems
  • Received a facial surgery recently
  • Planning to receive a facial surgery shortly
  • Weakness in forehead muscles
  • Unable to temporarily stop the use of blood thinners or NSAIDs

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid Botox. The patient should not massage the treated area for about 12 hours, and avoid lying down for about four hours after the injections.

See all Medical Spa Non-Surgical Procedures Dr. Bijan Farah performs on patients in Los Angeles, Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, Tazana, Woodland Hills, CA, and surrounding communities. Schedule a consultation now.

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Procedure Steps | Los Angeles Med SpaFor the last several years, Botox has consistently ranked as the most popular cosmetic non-surgical med spa procedure in the US. At the time of initial consultation, the Botox treatment expert will explain the steps involved in the injection procedure.

Botox procedure can be performed in-office, and it usually completed in a single sitting of about 20 minutes. Patients can immediately return to their normal day’s work after that. Rejuvenate Medical Spa, led by Dr. Bijan Farah, provides Botox injections to patients in Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding communities in this part of the country.

 

Learn about Botox

Before a patient has decided to go ahead with the Botox injections with a qualified treatment provider, they should acquire a basic understanding about Botox by reading about it on the provider’s website or talking to other patients who have previously received Botox. Once they have a reasonable familiarity with the procedure, they can make a better decision about receiving Botox treatment.

 

Choose a Treatment Provider

Once the patient done their own basic research about Botox treatment, they should select a dedicated med spa that is fully equipped to provide Botox injections in a safe and professional environment. If the practice is led by an experienced and board certified physician, they would typically maintain high quality standards and best practices, and follow the latest safety protocols.

 

Information Disclosure

During the Botox consultation, the patient should inform the provider about relevant details such as whether they have received Botox or similar injections in the last six months, and whether they are currently taking any anti-allergy pills, sleep medications or muscle relaxants. If the patient is using blood thinners or is a smoker, they may have to wait for a few days and stop using them before Botox injections can be administered.

 

Botox Appointment

It will only take a few minutes to administer the Botox injections, if the treatment is performed by an experienced Botox provider. The provider will identify the targeted sites and apply a mild cleanser to disinfect the area. Anesthesia is usually not necessary, but the provider may apply a topical numbing gel in the marked sites for better patient comfort.

The provider will then use a narrow gauge micro needle to inject Botox medication directly into the specific facial muscles that are creating wrinkles and fine lines. Frown lines and outer eye areas are commonly treated with Botox. An individual muscle may require one to three injections. Discomfort will be minimal because of the tiny size of the needles.

 

Post-Injection Care

Following the injectable procedure, the patient will receive a few simple tips for aftercare. They will be asked to avoid massaging around the treated areas for about 12 hours, and should also avoid lying down for about four hours after the Botox injections.

Direct sun exposure should be avoided for a few days in the treated areas. Rejuvenate Medical Spa receives patients from Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for Botox injections.

See all Medical Spa Non-Surgical Procedures Dr. Bijan Farah performs on patients in Los Angeles, Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, Tazana, Woodland Hills, CA, and surrounding communities. Schedule a consultation now.

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