Botulinum toxin -- or Botox for short -- helps your muscles relax. The injection blocks several chemical signals sent from your nerves that force your muscles to contract and tense up. Once Botox blocks these chemicals, your muscles relax, leaving you with smooth, firm skin. Most people notice minimized wrinkles in as little as 2 days after receiving the injections, leaving your skin looking younger and rejuvenated.
Not really. Even though the word “injection” certainly screams pain, the needles used for Botox are incredibly thin. It’s unlikely that you’ll even notice the needle going in, although you might feel a little pressure from the small amounts of the Botox injection. Depending on the area being treated, you’ll probably have to have several injections during your visit. If needles make you cringe, or if you’re otherwise stressed about the injections, talk with Dr. Babajanian. He can numb the area with a topical anesthesia, or ice, to make your experience more comfortable.
Typically, no. Aside from a little pain, bruising, and swelling at the injection site, most people don’t have any serious issues with Botox. One of the perks of seeing board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Babajanian for Botox injections is that you can be assured that your Botox is being injected properly and safely. Let him know about all of your medications beforehand, just to make sure that none of them interact poorly with the Botox.
If you start itching, notice redness, or develop a fever after receiving Botox injections, call Dr. Babajanian’s office right away. These could be symptoms of an infection. In rare circumstances, people are allergic to Botox injections. Seek immediate medical attention if you have hives, difficulty breathing, severe itching, a rash, or other signs of an allergic reaction.
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