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What are the Risks with Botox Treatments? Botox is a commonly performed treatment that can help renew the facial appearance. This treatment works on wrinkles which are known as dynamic wrinkles.  These are associated with muscle movement, and commonly facial expressions.  Examples include crow's feet, frown lines and worry lines.

Botox is a painless, simple, and non-surgical procedure that can assist in relaxing the facial muscles and easing associated lines and wrinkles. Botox can soften wrinkles, and can often make them disappear entirely. The forehead, frown lines, and areas around the eyes can all benefit from this painless procedure. Botox is recommended for individuals between the ages of 18 to 65 years of age. Botox is relatively inexpensive and is often a great treatment option to rejuvenate the face. If you're considering treatment, it's important to understand what Botox is and the risks that are involved prior to undergoing treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox is a substance of purified proteins that is injected into the skin with a tiny needle. The proteins reduce and block the muscle’s activities which allow the lines that form on the face to cease over a period of time due to inactivity. The procedure can be completed in a clinical office setting, and takes approximately ten minutes. The lines and wrinkles in the face will change and become less prominent as the Botox begins to work. Results last an average of three to four months, and treatment will need to be repeated in order to maintain the results.

Botox is one of the most common cosmetic procedures that is performed in the United States. It has also been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Masri Clinic can provide you with a treatment plan for your Botox procedure. It is important to understand that continued injections are needed to keep wrinkles at bay.  Furthermore, the results of Botox are different for each individual. It may take up to one month to experience the full results.

Is it painful?

Prior to the procedure, a numbing agent can be applied to the skin to minimize pain and discomfort. Although the injections are small, there may be multiple areas of the face that require injections. A cold pack or anesthetic cream can assist in making the patient more comfortable. If there are infected areas on the face, Botox should not be injected. Other medical conditions may make affect candidacy so be sure to talk openly with your physician about your health prior to treatment.

Side Effects

As with any procedure, there are potential side effects which may occur with Botox.  These may include the following:

  • Flu Syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Eyelid Droop
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Erythema at the injection sites
  • Facial pain
  • Weakness in the facial muscles
  • Swelling of the eyes

It is very important to seek medical assistance if at any point after the injection the patient experiences problems with speaking, breathing, and swallowing. It is important to disclose any information regarding pre-existing conditions of muscle or nerve functions. Problems swallowing can last for several months and should be disclosed immediately. The toxin in the Botox can influence and affect other areas where the injection was not placed. Symptoms to be aware of include double vision, blurred vision, hoarseness, loss of voice, change of voice, loss of bladder control, trouble speaking, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing, and overall muscle weakness.

Botox is Safe

Botox is FDA approved and safe if injected properly. It is important that you choose a surgeon who is board certified and has experience in performing Botox injections. Asking to view before and after photographs is a good way to examine the surgeon's work and professional standards. The surgeon should fully explain the procedure to you as well as the process of how Botox influences the facial muscles. Only a small amount is needed at each injection site and it is important that the surgeon you speak with understands how to perform the injections properly.


The term botched typically refers to a cosmetic procedure not providing the expected results. The results may be very dramatically over done and more than the patient expected. The results may also not be enough of what the patient expected. It is important to understand the surgery or procedure that is being completed and have realistic expectations. Botox will not change the shape, size, or appearance of the face. The injections will only change the activity of the muscles in the face. The face will still have full movement and lines to allow for facial expressions. After the injections, the patient’s facial expressions will still include smiling, frowning, appearing surprised, and scowling. Having an understanding of what could go wrong and the risks involved is important. It is also essential to have realistic expectations. Prior to any cosmetic procedures, the emotional health of the patient is often examined by the surgeon.

If you have been considering Botox and think that it is the right step for you, the Masri Clinic can help answer any questions you may have. Dr. Masri and his staff are happy to schedule consultation with you and discuss how to get rid of the lines and wrinkles on your face that make you appear older. He is well educated in Botox, and has performed many Botox injections over the course of his career. The consultation will help you understand the risks and great benefits that Botox can provide. Call the Masri Clinic today at (866) 487-3223.

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