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The Risks of Getting Botox When You Are Sick

Updated: April 10, 2023

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It is important to take precautions when considering any type of medical procedure, and Botox is no exception. If you are wondering whether you can get Botox if you have a cold or flu, the short answer is no. It is not recommended to get Botox injections when you are sick due to a few key reasons. In this blog post, we will walk through the reasons why you should avoid getting Botox when you are sick, the potential risks and effects, and the best alternative treatments to consider instead.

Why Is It Not Recommended to Get Botox When You Are Sick?

Botox is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that works by blocking certain signals from your nerves to the facial muscles. This helps reduce or eliminate wrinkles and fine lines as well as other signs of aging like crow’s feet and forehead furrows. Before getting any kind of medical procedure, it is important to be in good health. This is especially true for Botox injections, which require precision and accuracy for safe and effective results.

Getting Botox injections when you are sick can be risky. It is best to wait until the sickness has passed to get Botox. This is because when you are sick, your immune system is weakened, which increases the risk of infection. Additionally, if you are taking any medications like antibiotics that suppress your immune system, it is not recommended to get Botox.

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What Are the Potential Risks of Getting Botox When You Are Sick?

Getting Botox injections when you are sick can increase the chance of complications and risks. Since your immune system is weakened during sickness, you may be at a higher risk of infection. When getting Botox, your skin is punctured with a very fine needle, which leaves an entry point for infection. The infection can be localized to the site of injection, or it can spread to other parts of the body. Additionally, the weakened immune system can make the healing process slower and more difficult.

Getting Botox when you are sick can also increase the risk of bruising. This is because your immune system is compromised, which can make it harder for your body to clot normally. This can cause unnecessary and often large bruises around the injection site that can last for weeks.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Getting Botox When You Are Sick?

The potential side effects of getting Botox when you are sick can include pain, swelling, redness, and bruising at the injection site. These side effects are normal and should go away within a few days. However, if you are sick, these side effects may last longer due to your weakened immune system. Additionally, if the injection is not done properly, you may experience drooping of the eyelids, uneven facial expressions, and difficulty speaking.

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In conclusion, it is not recommended to get Botox when you are sick due to the risk of infection, difficulty in healing, and potential side effects. At ELLEMES Medical Spa of Atlanta, GA, we offer a variety of treatments to help you achieve the look you desire. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment.

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa