Botox is actually a toxin. When used in minute and controlled quantities, it serves a number of highly useful medical purposes. It does so by disrupting chemical transmission in nerves and prevents muscle contraction. This makes it a useful treatment in painful neck conditions, lazy eye, chronic migraines, excessive sweating disorders, bladder dysfunction and its most well known use – minimizing wrinkles. Given the nature of Botox and its action, it’s natural to be curious about its effects. Here’s what to expect after the procedure.

Activity

Botox is not a surgical procedure and it does not create cuts or peeling of the skin as may be the case in other elective cosmetic procedures. A healing time period is not required and you don’t have to cover or hide your face. This means you can resume your normal activities immediately afterwards. Some patients may experience some bruising, but this is different for everyone.

Touching

It’s important to remember not to touch the skin at the site of the injection immediately afterwards. That means no rubbing or massaging of the area. Rubbing the area can cause the Botox to spread to areas where the effect is unwanted, for example the eyes, where the effect can manifest as an eyelid droop. For a day, wash your face gently or lightly dab with a cotton ball dipped in toner or astringent for cleansing.

Vision Changes

Spread of Botox can cause changes in vision. This can include double vision, blurred vision, dry eyes, excessive tearing and drooping of the eyelid. If experiencing these symptoms, consult your doctor.

Pain

Before the procedure, numbing ointments or shots may be used. The Botox injection itself may pinch but does not cause considerable pain. Since it causes disruption in nerve transmission, it also works to numb the area rather than cause pain. There may be some mild discomfort or tingling sensation but the most signification sensation most patients feel is numbness of the site of injection.

Headache

Aside from tingling or discomfort, some may experience headaches or migraines. Headache duration varies for patients but are easily treated with mild painkillers like Advil or Tylenol. If you experience a migraine that lasts longer than a few days and does not abate with over the counter painkillers, consult your doctor.

Appearance

Some patients see slight bruising but this usually fades within 24 hours. Most patients see no visible difference immediately after the procedure. This allows them to go back to work or social life without anyone noticing they’ve had Botox. The wrinkle-reducing action of Botox can take from two days to two weeks to show effect.

As with any other drug, there is a risk of allergic reactions to Botox. This can include difficulty breathing, itching, rash and dizziness. This is rare. To prevent any adverse effects, choose reliable Botox doctors Houston has come to trust and inform them of any medications you are taking and any medical conditions you have. Choosing the right doctor is absolutely essential. Botox is a simple procedure when done right and complicated only when you’re in the wrong hands.

Come see Dr. Patt, who is a certified facial plastic surgeon and knows more about Botox and the face than someone administering Botox at a spa. Under his care, concerns of side-effects are minimized and you can be satisfied with the results every time. Contact us today!