So if you're thinking about getting a little Botox to spruce things up and reawaken your face, kudos to you. But there are a few things you should know before you opt to go the needle route.
We always talk about the benefits of Botox and which celebs are suspected of getting a little work done like the new facial features sported by actresses Renee Zewellger and Uma Thurman. Of course no one wants an entirely new face, the goal is typically a newer and improved version of your existing face, right?
But an expert tells us that if you're ont careful, the results can leave you with a new look that you definitely were not aiming for. Dr. Leonard Tachmes, of Miami Beach Plastic Surgery Centre & Medispa gave us the five most common Botox side effects and why they can happen:
Bruising. This side effect is definitely one most don't expect, especially after seeing all those Botox sessions on reality TV shows. But this can happen.
"Luckily with appropriate care and attention, bruises can be few and far between," Dr. Tachmes reassured us. "This happens when the needle is inserted into a superficial skin vein. Assessing the patient's facial vein anatomy prior to injecting and pre-treating with ice, will minimise the occurrence of bruising," he explained.
Double vision. Say what now?! While this is a possible side effect, Dr. Tachmes says don't be too alarmed.
"This is extremely rare. It occurs when Botox is injected too close to the edge of the lower eyelid. The toxin affects the muscles of the eye," the expert told us.
New lines may appear. Now this one really threw us for a loop. Botox can cause lines? Isn't the point of putting yourself through these needles to the face to get rid of lines?
"This sometimes occurs on the lower eyelid when the Botox is injected only along the outside margin of the eyelid and not along the center portion of the lower eyelid," Dr. Tachmes explained.
"This can cause some wrinkles to appear more pronounced under the eyelid. A careful assessment of the lower eyelid muscle function prior to treatment will prevent this from happening," the pro recommended.
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