In the past few years, there has been increasing use of Botox® injections for a variety of clinical and cosmetic reasons. The ease of availability and low costs make it a preferable treatment when it comes to achieving a younger look in just a few minutes. But there have been concerns raised about Botox® treatments when it first came out, some of which still remain. Here we shall take a look at this a bit further and explore whether these treatments are in fact safe.
History of Botox® use
Botox® has been used for clinical procedure for over 20 years now. However, the first ever use of Botox for muscle spasms was discovered in the 1950’s. Since then, research has been extensively conducted and in early 2000, the FDA approved its use in treatment of muscle dystonia in neck muscles. Further research revealed its benefits in cosmetic surgery, helping reduce brow lines and other fine lines and wrinkles.
These days, Botox® is a widely sought out treatment for a variety of clinical conditions, with its use is now FDA approved.
Botox® is widely regarded by experts to be a safe and effective treatment for muscle spasticity and cosmetic procedures. However, there are certain side effects that can be expected that every administering healthcare professional needs to be aware of which include –
1. Muscle weakness – After Botox® is injected into the muscles, the nearby muscles and even distant structures may also be affected resulting in their weakness. This can cause blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking and even loss of control of the bladder.
2. Allergic reaction – This is rare and usually occurs in response to the ingredients present within the Botox® injection. If patients have a known history of drug allergy, then future Botox injections must be avoided.
3. Worsening of pre-existing clinical conditions – In some patients who have an underlying long term illness, Botox® should ideally be avoided as it can worsen symptoms and may even be life threatening.
4. In extremely rare cases, the albumin component of Botox® injections can spread viral illnesses. While this possibility exists mostly in theory, there are no cases that have been reported as of yet.
5. Patients may experience other side effects such as a pain at the site of infection, dry mouth, headache and double vision. Patients who receive injections around the eyes may develop blurred vision, droopy eyelids and even local swelling. Slight bleeding behind the eyes has also been reported.
6. In patients who received Botox® injections for bladder problems, nerve control of the bladder could become faulty resulting in autonomic dysreflexia.
These are some of the common side effects to expect with Botox® injections. These side effects are rare and is rarely life threatening in any way. With thousands of treatments being offered all over the world, Botox® has established itself as a safe and effective treatment for cosmetic purposes and muscle spasticity management.
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