Botulinum Toxin Risks


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With any treatment that works to dramatically alter your way of life either by physical appearance or condition there are going to be some risks involved. Even though Botulinum Toxin has been approved by the FDA on numerous occasions, it is risky to take part in Botulinum Toxin treatment if you are pregnant, as there is no leading proof that if you are pregnant or breast feeding that the toxins will not reach your baby. Doctors recommend using Botulinum Toxin just before you conceive or in your first trimester as there seems to be less chance of affecting your baby at this stage. However, if you are pregnant and thinking of having Botulinum Toxin treatment always consult your doctor and let him or her know that you are with child, most clinics have different stances on pregnant clients and so it is extremely important to let them know immediately. Even though in the main Botulinum Toxin is regarded as a safe treatment option there are a few side effects that are worth knowing and that your doctor should make plain to you. You may find your injected area feeling swollen or bruised after you have received Botulinum Toxin and in very uncommon circumstances there have been records of haemorrhaging. Although the pain is short and minimal, you may feel discomfort when you receive your treatment which may progress further to headaches, nausea and flu like symptoms. In extremely rare cases you may develop a drooping of the eye, corneal ulceration (a white sore on the white of your eye) and the weakening of muscles which was treated with Botulinum Toxin, usually the result of an overdose of the treatment. A very small amount of people also develop a slight uncontrollable drooling after lip fillers or Botulinum Toxin around the mouth. However how unappealing, these side effects are temporary and should fade after a few months.

As well as in pregnancy there are medical conditions that increase the risk of damage in Botulinum Toxin and therefore should not be a candidate. If you are suffering from bleeding disorders, for example, you should probably avoid treatment. All in all, there are risks but if you are having your treatment carried out by a well experienced and trained medic then it is less likely for any complications with Botulinum Toxin


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