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Will botox make my face numb?

Botox cosmetic is a popular anti-aging treatment that is used by millions across the world, but despite its effectiveness, botox does have some serious side-effects.  If botox is not administered correctly, it can make the face appear ‘frozen,’ and that’s one reason why people considering the procedure often ask – Will botox make my face numb?

What areas can botox treat?

Botox temporarily improves the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.   During treatment, a small quantity of botox is injected directly into the facial muscles responsible for expression lines, causing the muscles to relax.

Will botox make my face numb?

Botox (botulinum toxin type A), is a neurotoxin that is used as a cosmetic treatment for smoothing dynamic wrinkles.  It works by blocking signals normally transmitted from the nerves to the nearby muscles, and in so doing, prevents the muscles from contracting.   Botox therefore inhibits the movement of the muscles, but it does not make the face numb. 

However, there are potential side-effects of botox, so doctors typically carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the medical history of each patient, to ensure that they are a good candidate for the procedure.  In addition, patients that are allergic to any of the ingredients or preservatives in botox should not get botox injections.

Side-effects of botox

Common side-effects of botox include discomfort at the injection site, dry eyes, dry mouth, blurry vision, tiredness, droopy eyelids, and neck pain.  Some of the more serious side effects include weakening of the associated muscles resulting in difficulty swallowing, breathing, or speaking.

If you are thinking of getting botox treatment, it’s essential to consult with a physician that is highly skilled, and has a lot of experience administering botox.

Would you like to learn more about botox?

If you are in the Irvine and Orange County, CA areas, contact Kyle Song M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Song at www.kylesongmd.com, or by calling (949) 701-4454.

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