Botox: The Good, The Bad, The Harmful

Although  Botox was traditionally a women focused procedure used to counteract the effects of aging, more men have been known to undergo this procedure to achieve a more youthful look. Inspite of the potential side effects, more people undergo this procedure without being fully ware of the contents of the potion, or the potentially harmful side effects.

A Botox injection is a procedure that treats lines and wrinkles of the face and neck. A Botox injection contains botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that relaxes muscles to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Botox injections temporarily create a more youthful appearance, and must be repeated every three to four months to maintain results.

Potential complications and side effects of Botox injections include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Discomfort or pain at the injection site
  • Dry mouth
  • Eyelid problems including drooping or swelling of the eyelids
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Infection
  • Neck pain
  • Pain, redness, swelling, bruising or bleeding at the injection site
  • Vision and eye problems including dry eyes, double vision, blurred vision, and decreased eyesight

The botulinum toxin that makes up Botox can spread to other areas in rare cases. This can cause a serious disease called botulism. Read more

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