When Utah Patients Should Choose a Botox Alternative
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, Botox injections are among our top specialties for a wide variety of clients. For those looking for one of the world’s most popular solutions for removing lines and wrinkles on the face while bringing a more youthful appearance, or even those looking for additional benefits like migraine pain reduction or TMJ treatment, we’re here to help with a variety of Botox options.
As one of your top Botox resources in Utah, however, it’s not only our job to administer these injections to patients. We’re also responsible for providing patients with important information about Botox and related treatments we offer, including not only the benefits that clients will receive, but also potential side effects or even some situations where you should be looking in another direction for your desired treatment. While Botox is a highly versatile and beneficial treatment for many people, there are those who, either temporarily or permanently, should not receive Botox injections – and we take the job of warning such individuals in advance very seriously, as avoiding any adverse effects is important to us. Here are several situations where you should not be receiving Botox injections, plus the reasons why and whether this situation is temporary or permanent.
Previous Allergic Reaction
In some rare cases, there are those who show an allergic reaction to Botox injections and the botulinum toxin that’s used as their active ingredient. In fact, “rare” hardly covers it: These reactions are seen in a microscopic percentage of cases, and often are very minor at that. However, they do exist, and in certain extremely unlikely cases may even lead to severe allergic reactions.
In these cases, sadly, the individuals affected likely cannot receive Botox injections at any point in their life. Allergies like these don’t typically go away – in fact, they typically become more severe over time as our bodies age and our immune systems wear down. If you’re one of the very few people who has shown a previous allergic reaction to Botox that’s severe, you should be looking for alternatives moving forward.
Once again, it’s important to note that Botox is made from botulinum toxin, and more specifically toxin type A. This is a safe, viable solution for injection when it’s properly administered to a healthy adult.
However, studies have not been done to establish its safety during pregnancy. Women who are pregnant should not receive Botox injections, and instead should wait until after the baby has been born.
Volume Loss or Sagging
And while Botox is enormously effective in the areas it’s meant for, it’s important to remember that there are also those it isn’t designed to treat. Let’s start with the former: Botox is viable for treating facial lines and wrinkles like forehead lines, brow furrows, crow’s feet and many others that impact the upper face area.
However, Botox is not meant to target volume loss or sagging skin in certain other areas. Those who are dealing with excess skin have several options available to them, including facelifts and blepharoplasty options, which will reshape the remaining skin while also tightening it. There are also facial fillers like Juvederm for those with wrinkles or volume loss, where Botox doesn’t usually work. This is one area where Dr. Jepson or any of our skilled staff members will help recommend the ideal treatment based on your needs.
Immediately Before an Event
We understand where the desire to get Botox treatments just before a big public event comes from: You want to look your very best for such events, after all, and Botox is a great way to improve the youthfulness of your appearance.
However, it’s important to note that Botox takes a little time to set in fully and allow the face to recover. Specifically, there will often be some swelling and bruising in the face in the immediate aftermath of the Botox treatment, and some patients get pain or redness at the injection site. For this reason, we recommend scheduling your Botox injection for at least a couple weeks before your big event – this will not only give your face time to heal entirely, but will also give more time for the solution to work completely and tighten your facial muscles.
Finally, there are those who, due to facial or muscular anatomy, might not be good candidates for Botox. There are also those, particularly among younger age groups, who have unrealistic expectations for Botox, and therefore should strongly consider whether it’s worth it for them. There are many who might be better-suited to a different skin care regimen or treatment – and once again, this is where the guidance of Dr. Jepson is so important. Dr. Jepson has recommended ideal treatments to hundreds of patients, and will do the same for you.
For more on situations where Botox isn’t right for you, or to learn about any of our Botox injections in Utah, dermal fillers or other services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.