Fine lines and wrinkles are common when you grow older due to decreased collagen and elastin production. Although you can’t avoid the undesirable signs of aging, minimally invasive treatments including injectables Brooklyn can help you minimize their appearance. The two common injectables that specialists use include dermal fillers and botulinum toxin type A. These substances can be used separately or in combination to achieve the best results. Below is more insight on Botox injections.

What are Botox injections?

These are anti-wrinkle injections that use a toxin called onobotulinumtoxin A to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. These injections work by blocking chemical signals from nerves that cause muscle contraction. Besides reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, Botox injections are also used to treat conditions such as lazy eye, chronic migraine, hyperhidrosis, eye twitching, and bladder dysfunction.

Preparing for Botox injections

Botox is a prescription-only medicine, meaning that you should only have it under the care of a registered health practitioner. You can ask your primary caregiver to refer you to a specialist skilled in administering Botox treatments. The injections should be issued in precise locations to avoid side effects. For this reason, you should work with an experienced doctor to lessen any chances of complications. A certified healthcare provider will also help you understand the ins and outs of treatment and determine if the treatment is safe for you. Your healthcare provider may caution against this procedure if you are pregnant or allergic to cow’s milk protein.

During an initial consultation with your healthcare provider, expect a review of your medical history. Remember to inform your provider if you have had any Botox injections in the past four months. Your doctor may need a list of medications you might be taking, including non-prescription drugs and dietary supplements. You will also discuss the risks and benefits of the treatment with your doctor for you to make an informed decision.

What are the risks of Botox injections?

Botox injections are a low-risk treatment when administered by an experienced doctor. However, harmful and unwanted side effects can still occur even when performed by a registered medical practitioner. After Botox injections, possible side effects and complications include flu-like symptoms, droopy eyelids, a crooked smile, and excessive tearing or eye dryness. Side effects such as swelling, pain, and bruising at the injection site are temporary and normal after the procedure. There is also a possibility of the toxin spreading to other parts of the body, causing complications such as vision problems, muscle weakness, breathing problems, trouble speaking, and loss of bladder control.

What happens during the procedure?

Your provider may numb your skin before administering the injections to reduce discomfort during the procedure. The doctor injects small amounts of the toxin into the muscles or skin using a thin needle. The number of injections you need depends on different factors, including the size of the treated area. Your doctor may require you not to rub the treated area to avoid spreading the toxin to other places.

Consult your healthcare provider at Park Slope Laser Aesthetic Center to know how you can benefit from Botox injections.