It is just so flattering when people think you look younger than your age. Whether it is for the sake of vanity or just for a boost of self-esteem, women and men alike would go through any lengths to preserve or restore their youthful appearance. From the traditional anti-aging creams to the widely popular Botox injections, people now have a wide array of choices to achieve that youthful effect without undergoing any surgeries. In fact, the so-called 'Botox parties' are becoming so rampant that it has stirred a lot of media attention. Botox parties are typically attended by several men and women over cocktails and a spell of the fountain of youth formula through Botox injections. With a dose of this formula to the affected area, people can enjoy a wrinkle-free skin up to 8 months.
Botulinum Toxin A and B, or most commonly known as Botox, is a popular cosmetic procedure that is also used to treat a variety of conditions such as uncontrolled blinking of the eyes and creases in the brow. Albeit Botox is also a treatment to other medical-related conditions, it is mostly popular for its quick and painless way of getting rid of facial lines and folds. However, like most other treatments, it also has its share of side effects. Before anyone boards the train to the fountain of youth, it is important to be aware of the possible side effects in order to be prepared. As far as the public record shows, here are the common Botox side effects...
Allergic reactions - some of the reported allergic reactions include itching, rash, red itchy welts, dizziness, and in some cases asthma-like symptoms such as wheezing. Seek medical help right away when symptoms of allergies occur.
Droopy eyelids - this is one of the most common side effects of Botox treatment. As per statistics, this can occur in more than 20% of all cases as an immediate result of an injection. This effect is reported as temporary and non- recurring, and should be gone on its own.
Difficulty swallowing - this is another common side effect of Botox treatment. About 19% of patients reported of having a hard time taking in food or a drink after the treatment. This effect is again temporary and should go away in a few days.
Neck pain and headaches - about 11% of the cases have these symptoms as a side effect of Botox treatment. This can be remedied by taking in pain killers like ibuprofen. However, it is best to always talk to your Doctor how to handle any general known and supposedly temporary side effects for safety precautions.
Flu-like symptoms - A small percentage of patients experienced coughs and other flu-like symptoms after treated with botox injection. Again, an over the counter pain killer can be taken to remedy this type of side effect.
Respiratory infection - this is one of the serious side-effects of botox treatment. This includes difficulty breathing and talking, and also asthma-like symptoms. This type of symptom can be fatal and should be dealt with in urgency.
Spread of toxins - in some extreme cases, the effect of botulinum toxin may affect other areas other than the injection site and may cause serious problems like loss of strength, double vision, blurred vision, hoarseness or loss of voice, trouble speaking clearly, loss of bladder control and many other alarming symptoms.
Although Botox treatment is generally one of the safest cosmetic procedures, it is noteworthy to be aware of its possible side effects as well. Going to a reputable doctor for treatment is ideal to safeguard your health, safety and well-being. Achieving the much coveted youthful appearance or fountain of youth can be rewarding especially if you are in good hands.