Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. It can help reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. But if you have a history of keloids, you may be wondering if you can still get Botox. The answer is yes, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind before you decide to move forward with treatment.
At ELLEMES Medical Spa of Atlanta, GA, we understand the unique needs of our clients who have a history of keloids. We are here to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not Botox is a safe and effective choice for you.
What Are Keloids?
Before we can talk about whether or not you can safely get Botox if you have a history of keloids, it’s important to understand what keloids are. Keloids are raised, thick scars that form after an injury to the skin. They can be caused by surgical incisions, burns, acne, and any other type of skin injury.
Keloids are different than other types of scars because they continue to grow and spread beyond the area of the original injury. They can be red, pink, or purple in color and may become itchy and painful.
Can You Get Botox if You Have a History of Keloids?
The short answer is yes, you can get Botox if you have a history of keloids. However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind before you make a decision.
First of all, it’s important to be aware of the potential risk of infection when getting Botox. Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, which is a type of bacteria. When injected into the skin, it can cause an infection if it comes into contact with any open wounds or areas of skin that are damaged. If you have keloids, the risk of infection is even higher.
Additionally, keloids can make it more difficult for Botox to take effect. Botox works by blocking the signal between the nerves and the muscles that cause wrinkles. If the area around the keloid is thicker than normal, the Botox may not be able to reach the muscle and have the desired effect.
At ELLEMES Medical Spa, we take extra precautions when treating clients with a history of keloids to reduce the risk of infection. We use a smaller needle and inject the Botox at a shallow depth to ensure that it does not come into contact with any open wounds.
What Is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Botox is often confused with dermal fillers, but it is important to understand the difference between the two treatments. Botox works by temporarily blocking the signal between the nerves and the muscles that cause wrinkles. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are injections of hyaluronic acid or collagen that are used to fill in wrinkles, add volume, and plump up the skin.
Dermal fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of keloids, but they are not as effective as Botox for treating wrinkles. Additionally, dermal fillers can increase the risk of infection in areas with existing keloids.
At ELLEMES Medical Spa, we understand the unique needs of our clients who have a history of keloids. We take extra precautions to reduce the risk of infection and ensure that the Botox is able to take effect.
While it is possible to get Botox if you have a history of keloids, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and make an informed decision. If you have any questions or concerns about whether or not Botox is the right choice for you, please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your options.