Botulinum Toxin Injections and Best doctor in Mansfield TX
Botulinum Toxin injection is a protein-rich neurotoxin injection that helps to stop muscle spasms and wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin is mostly used for cosmetic purposes to relax facial muscles and prevent wrinkles. However, it is also used to treat conditions such as excessive sweating, neck spasms, lazy eye, overactive bladder, and chronic migraines.
Muscle spasms and wrinkles occur when chemical messages are sent to the muscles by nerves. These chemical messages cause the muscles to tighten up, contracts, leading to wrinkles.
How botulinum toxin injections work
It works by weakening the muscles and stopping them from excessive contractions.
The toxin stops the nerve fibers that control muscles from working in their usual manner.
Normally, a chemical substance known as acetylcholine is released which signals the muscle to contract. The botulinum toxin helps to stop this chemical substance from been released, hence preventing the muscles from contracting.
The lack of contraction of the muscles stops wrinkles, keeping the facial skin looking young and fresh.
Preparing for the injection
Before having a botulinum toxin injection, you need to first consult with your doctor or dermatologist.
If you have had any Botox injection within the past few months, inform your doctor about it.
If you have taken any muscle relaxants, sleeping pills or allergy medications within the last few months, inform your doctor.
If you are allergic to the medication that will be used, also inform your doctor.
If you are on blood-thinning medications, you may be required to stop taking them for several days before the injection.
If you are pregnant, inform your doctor. A botulinum toxin injection may not be ideal for a pregnant woman.
Your doctor will provide you with my preparatory instructions if needed.
How the procedure is done?
The injection is usually given in a doctor’s office. You will be asked to sit down.
During the procedure, your doctor will first clean the skin area where the injection will be inserted. A numbing agent such as topical anesthesia will be applied to the area to numb the area. This is to alleviate pain and make you feel more comfortable when inserting the needle into your skin.
Your doctor will then insert the needle into your skin and inject a small amount of botulinum toxin. You may need more than one injection depending on the size of the area that needs to be treated.
After the injection
After the injection is given, you may feel a slight weakness in your muscles. For the next 24 hours, do not rub or massage the treated area.
If the injection was to treat spasming eyelid, you may feel drooping of your eyelid, tears outpour or blurred vision.
If the injection was given in your neck area, you may find it difficult to swallow, speak or breathing normally.
All these are normal and you may feel relieved after a few hours or days.
You can return to your normal daily activities after the injection.
Arrange for transportation back home because you are not allowed to drive for at least 24 hours after the injection.
The medication starts to take effect within 1-3 days after injection was given. The effect may last for three months or longer depending on the condition that has been treated.
A repeat treatment may be needed after the effect of the first treatment has worn off.
You may be required to keep follow-up appointments with your doctor.
Complications and side effects of Botulinum Toxin Injections
Side effects or complications from a botulinum toxin injection is typically a safe procedure. Side effects and serious complications are uncommon.
Possible side effects or complications include:
- Pain at the injection site
- Swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Drooping eyelid
- Excessive teardrops
- Eye dryness
- Blurred vision
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle weakness
- Breathing problems
- Loss of bladder control
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Difficulty in speaking or changes in voice.
If you are experiencing any of these side effects, inform your doctor immediately.