Botulinum Toxin Cosmetic Injection

What is Botulinum Toxin Cosmetic Injection

Botulinum toxin injection is a shot. This shot is used to soften wrinkles in the face.

Tell a doctor about:

  • Any allergies you have. This includes allergies to eggs.
  • All the medicines you take. This includes:
    • Antibiotics.
    • Vitamins.
    • Herbs.
    • Eye drops.
    • Creams.
    • Over-the-counter medicines.
  • Any problems you or your family have had with the use of anesthetics.
  • Any blood problems you have.
  • Any surgeries you have had.
  • Any medical conditions you have.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
  • If you are breastfeeding.

What are the risks?

Generally, this is a safe procedure, but there may be problems. Common problems include:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Bruising.

Other problems include:

  • Jaw pain.
  • Neck pain.
  • Infection.
  • Allergic reaction to the shot.
  • Damage to nearby:
    • Structures.
    • Organs.
  • Drooping eyebrow or eyelid.
  • Double vision.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Changes in voice or speech.
  • Losing the ability to close one or both eyes.
  • Trouble swallowing.

What happens before the procedure?

  • Do notdrink any alcohol as told by your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor about:
    • Changing or stopping your regular medicines. This is important if you take diabetes medicines or blood thinners.
    • Taking medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen. These medicines can thin your blood.Do not take these medicines before your procedure if your doctor tells you not to.

Plan to have someone take you home after the procedure, if told by your doctor.

What happens during the procedure?

  • You may be given a medicine to numb the area (local anesthetic).
  • Your doctor will give you some shots of the toxin. How many shots you will get depends on:
    • Your condition.
    • Which area is being treated.

What happens after the procedure?

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.
  • Do not drive for 24 hours if you were given a medicine to help you relax (sedative).
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