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Botox injections are used for many things, including treating conditions like excessive sweating, neck spasm, lazy eye, and an overactive bladder. Many people use Botox injections to help reduce the wrinkles on their faces, and some believe these injections can help to stop migraines. The way Botox injections work is that they use a toxin to stop a certain muscle from moving and contracting by blocking the chemical signals. For example, Botox injections cause the facial muscles that cause wrinkles to temporarily relax.

Along with being used to block the muscles that cause wrinkles, Botox injections also block muscles that may cause pain or certain conditions. Botox injections help people with cervical dystonia relieve pain by blocking the neck muscles that contract involuntarily to cause uncomfortable pain and head twists. Botox helps those with lazy eyes stop the eye muscle imbalance, and it helps with neurological conditions like cerebral palsy because it relaxes those muscles that pull the limbs and cause pain.

When Botox injections are performed by a professional doctor, they are usually relatively safe though there can be side effects and possible complications. The possible side effect and complications of Botox are headache or flu-like symptoms, pain, bruising, or swelling at the site of the injection, drooling or a crooked smile, cockeyed eyebrows or droopy eyelids, excessive tearing, and dry eyes. It is also possible for the toxin in the Botox injection to spread through the entire body though it is very unlikely. For that reason, anyone who has gotten a Botox injection treatment should contact their doctor immediately if they notice vision problems, muscle weakness, trouble swallowing or speaking, loss of bladder control, and breathing problems. Botox is not recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or allergic to the protein in cow’s milk.

It is very important for Botox injections to be done under the care of an experienced doctor to ensure that the injections are placed in the precise spot. Though most people don’t feel very uncomfortable during the Botox procedure, some doctors still use different methods to numb the area of the injection. Most people can go back to their normal activities immediately following the procedure, with the results of the treatment showing up in three days or less.