Category: Cosmetic Surgery

Side Effects of Botox

Many people have botox injections to smooth out or prevent wrinkles and experience no side effects whatsoever. However, there are some side effects to Botox injections that can happen for various reasons.

One of the more common side-effects is a drooping eyelid – called ptosis – when injections are placed close to the eye perimeter. While this can be treated with another medication it is better if it doesn’t happen at all.

There are things you can do to prevent side effects such as these from occurring.

  • Always make sure the injections are done by a fully trained plastic surgeon who understands the facial muscles and their interaction with each other and who is experienced in doing Botox treatment.
  • To prevent ptosis, make sure the injection site is at least 2cm outside the orbital rim.
  • Do not rub or massage any injection site as this can move the serum to other parts of the face.
  • Do not indulge in hard physical exercise for 12-24 hours after the injections.
  • Always tell your physician if you are on any other medications or have any other medical condition, including inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Tell the doctor if you are pregnant or lactating.
  • The first time you have Botox treatment, have the doctor use a smaller dose to make sure there are no ill effects and see how your body reacts to it.

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Liposuction and Your Body Mass Index

What does your Body Mass Index (BMI) have to do with liposuction? Often, the doctor you see prior to having liposuction done will want to measure your body mass index. This is a means of working out how much fat is in your body. It compares your height with your weight. While you may think that the more fat you have the more likely a candidate you are for liposuction, this is simply not true.

BMI and liposuction

Doctors usually consider anyone with a BMI of more than 34 to be obese and not suitable for liposuction. It would be better for them to choose another procedure such as gastric banding or stomach reduction surgery, but even before this is done, they would have to lose weight through dieting and exercise. This is because an obese person is at more risk of complications during and after major surgery.

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