How Does Botox Work? Most common side-effects? - By Sarah Killian

As we get older, we naturally begin to see creases in our foreheads, lines between our eyebrows, crow's feet (or wrinkles around the eyes) and those vertical wrinkles along the mouth that look like parentheses. A good way to restore a more youthful look and temporarily eliminate those wrinkles and lines is with Botox, an injection that is administered by a physician.

While these normal aging signs make you a good candidate for Botox, it is also important to consider potential risks and side effects.

Fortunately, not all patients who receive Botox injections experience negative side-effects. In fact, even those who do report experiencing some have said the side effects either cleared up on their own, or were easily treated by a healthcare provider.

The most common negative side-effects reported after receiving Botox have included forehead and eyelid drooping, nausea, headaches, redness, pain at the injection sight, swelling, bruising, bleeding and muscle weakness. These symptoms generally clear up on their own within a week after the treatment.

Botox is also a temporary anti-aging treatment and usually lasts 3 to 6 months. Though it is not recommended you receive more than one injection in a 3 month period. You should also avoid excessive alcohol as this increases bruising and bleeding, and women who are pregnant or nursing should not have Botox injections all together.

Since Botox is considered a cosmetic medical procedure, the injection should be given by a medical professional in a controlled medical environment. Though the risk of negative side-effects is slim, you should still report to your healthcare provider if you experience anything out of the ordinary.

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