What to Know About Botox Injections

Botox injections are the most common nonoperative cosmetic procedure out there. Like any major procedure, there are potential risks and complications that could possibly occur. It should be said that this process should only be conducted by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is trained to administer cosmetic injections.

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This will ensure that potential post-injection complication is adequately met and treated.

Botox is a neurotoxin that is used to prevent muscle function for 3-6 months. They are commonly requested for wrinkles along the eyes, around the lips, and forehead. A patient and their doctor first discuss the most suitable locations for injections based on the patient's concerns.

Numbing medicine is applied at the injection sites pre-surgery. After initial injections are made with a small needle, a second layer is then applied toward the hairline to block upper forehead muscles as well. Since botox can cause eyelids to droop, the injections are made on the side of the bone rather than toward the eyelid itself.

After the injection sites are iced for a period of time, patients are free to return to their normal activities. This goes to show how direct this procedure is for doctors. Botox injections are minimally invasive and generally light for trained professionals.