Is it safe to get botox injections?
The answer to this question is a simple “YES”. Most people have nor problems at all with a botox injection. It has become a lunchtime procedure. Side effects are very few, never long term and rarely problematic.
Common complications of botox injections
Almost everyone experiences some pain during the injection process. The pain is greatly minimised by using a numbing gel before the injection. The pain is very subjective. Some people do not feel it at all yet some others find it slightly uncomfortable. Almost nobody refuses to get repeat botox injections due to pain.
There may be some swelling at the point of injection. Immediately after the injection, it looks like one has got some mosquito bites on the face. This is very temporary and usually settles down in 1-2 hours.
Very rarely a bruise may happen. All doctors try and avoid this. Most blood vessels which are superficial can be visualised and avoided. However, sometimes we may hit a vessel under the skin resulting in a bruise. If a bruise appears, it usually settles down in a week to 10 days.
Uncommon complications of botox
Like all medical procedures, there are some risks with botox which can be random and due to factors beyond our control.
Eyelid droop: Occasionally the muscles of the face may be slightly different in some individuals. If the muscle is not exactly where it should be or sometimes due to poor technique, the botox may trickle into the muscle which keeps the eyes open. This results in a drooping eyelid. This is extremely rare and usually resolves spontaneously in 3-4 weeks as only very tiny amounts of botox would have trickled into the muscle.
Drooping of the corners of the lip: When botox is injected to give a happy amile or to define the jawline, there may be slight drooping of the angle of the lips. This also happens due to trickling of botox into adjacent muscles. It is very rare and resolves spontaneously in about a month.
Can we reduce the risk of complications
The complications are extremely rare. The common side effects are usually reduced by good physicians. It is important to choose a physician with experience to minimise the complications.
It is also important to strictly adhere to the physicians instructions. You are asked to use the muscles actively for a couple of hours after the injection. This ensures that the botox is actively taken up by the muscle and doesn’t trickle into the adjacent muscles.
So, is it safe to get botox injections?
I would say the benefits greatly outweigh the risks of botox. It is an aesthetic procedure which has the least complication rate. It can significantly slow down the ageing process of the skin and help give a fresh look.