When Are BOTOX® Injections Not an Option?

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BOTOX is a fast, minimally invasive outpatient treatment used to relax wrinkles and other facial creases. It has also been used for conditions including muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and migraines. But BOTOX isn’t the proper treatment for every patient.

For those looking for wrinkle relaxers in the Chicago, IL area, board-certified surgeon Dr. Singh offers both BOTOX and a variety of alternatives at Elysium SurgiSpa.

Below, we’ll look at why BOTOX may not be the best option and who should not get BOTOX.

Why do people get BOTOX?

BOTOX is typically injected into the face to prevent muscle contractions that lead to fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes and mouth. The results can last up to six months, although it’s more common to need follow-up treatment after 3 – 4 months.

While BOTOX treatment is relatively safe, it’s not for everyone. Some patients experience side effects or have medical conditions that make BOTOX potentially dangerous. Patients who cannot adhere to follow-up instructions should also look for BOTOX alternatives to avoid poor results.

What are the side effects of BOTOX?

BOTOX does not cause long-term or life-threatening complications. However, patients can experience adverse side effects. But these can usually be avoided by sharing your complete medical history with your surgeon.

When negative side effects do occur, it’s typically at the injection site. These include:

  • Redness

  • Bruising

  • Infection

  • Pain at the injection site

While serious side effects are uncommon, the possibilities include:

  • Dizziness or nausea

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Headache

  • Muscle weakness

  • An increased risk of respiratory infections

BOTOX side effects involving the eye area may include:

  • Double vision

  • Drooping

  • Swollen eyelids

  • Dry eyes

  • Tearing

  • Reduced blinking

  • Sensitivity to light

In rare cases, patients may have an allergic reaction to BOTOX. If you experience swelling of the tongue or throat, rash, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing, you should contact a doctor right away.

Who should not get BOTOX?

Dr. Singh will inform you if you’re not a good candidate for BOTOX based on your complete medical history. He will also recommend a BOTOX alternative that may be right for you.

You should not get BOTOX if you have:

  • Allergies to any of the ingredients

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Seizures

  • Bleeding problems

  • Glaucoma or recent eye surgery

  • An active respiratory infection

  • Muscle or nerve disorders

  • Breathing problems, such as asthma or emphysema

  • Other recent treatments involving a botulism toxin

You should share your prescriptions with your BOTOX surgeon since BOTOX side effects can occur in those taking certain antibiotics, Alzheimer’s drugs, anticoagulants, or medications for autoimmune disorders or irregular heartbeat.

BOTOX is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are the best BOTOX alternatives?

If you have a condition that prevents you from getting BOTOX, many alternatives are safe and effective. In some cases, dermal fillers may be a better treatment for signs of skin aging.

Alternatives to BOTOX include:

Facial filler options in Chicago, IL

If you’re looking for BOTOX alternatives in the Chicago area, Dr. Singh can help you explore your options and choose the treatment that’s right for you.

When you’re ready to get started, the first step is to schedule a one-on-one consultation at Elysium SurgiSpa.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.