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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Risks and Safety | Los Angeles Med Spa

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.