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Are you Ready for botox injections?

Are you the right candidate for botox injections?

If you are thinking of getting a botox injection, it is better to do so only after verifying if you are a right candidate for the injection. Of course, botox is a safe and widely used injection, but like any medications, there is always a chance of it not agreeing with your body, or it not being meant for you.

Basically, if you are in good health, and don't use any drugs of any form, you are eligible for botox injections. It gives best results to those between the ages of 18 and 65. So far, there is no proof that botox can harm an unborn child.

However if you are pregnant or nursing, it is safer to avoid botox injections. Just wait for a few months, and start your botox injections once your nursing days are over! Moreover if you have any infection, I learnt that it is better to not take botox injections, especially if the injection site is near the infection site.

Inform your doctor of any allergies and medications

It is also not advised to have botox injections if you are allergic to it. This is why it's better to have a test dose before you get your botox injection. This test dose decides if you have any allergic reaction to botox ingredients, and if it is safe for you to take the injection.

If you are on any type of medication, it is better to consult your doctor about taking botox injections as some medications can lead to dire side effects. Some antibiotics like Gentamicin, Clindamycin and Lincomycin and Quinidine given for heart rhythm problems react with botox and increase the risk of side effects.

If you have any neuromuscular disease like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, you are at risk of developing cardiovascular problems during and after getting botox injections.

So do inform your doctor about these conditions before you get your botox injection so that your doctor can take the required precautions before your treatment. Moreover, make sure you get your injection from a trained medical practitioner as wrongfully administered botox injections lead to a myriad of risks.

Side effects

You needn't worry much about the side effects of botox injections as not everyone who takes it suffers from any. Most people tolerate the injection well; and if any side effects to occur, they are minor and don't require much treatment.

The common side effects you may experience are nausea, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, forehead and eyelid drooping and headache. You may also experience some side effects associate with the injection like numbness, bruises, muscle weakness, pain, redness and bleeding. These symptoms usually subside within a week of the injection.

Keeping these side effects aside, if you plan to get a botox injection, make sure you give your medical history to your doctor and undergo a physical exam. Tell your doctor what medications you take as you may have to stop some medications like aspirin containing medications before the injection.

Don't forget to discuss your expectations of the botox injection with your doctor too! You will thus learn what botox can and cannot do for you, and what results you can expect after completing your botox injection procedure.