Botox injections in Hong Kong cause serious side effects

A 29 year old woman apparently sought botox treatments (botulinum injections) at a beauty premises in Hong Kong (Yau Ma Tei). The injections were not prescribed or administered by a trained registered physician. The patient developed symptoms of botulism and was temporarily hospitalized.

Advice For Travellers

Given the increase in travellers seeking medical procedures abroad, travellers should be aware that cosmetic procedures involving botulinum toxin (Botox) should only be done by registered, trained doctors. Botulinum toxin is injected into affected muscles or glands in doses that are adjusted according to the mode of use and individual patients. The doses depend on the mass of muscle being injected: the larger the muscle mass the higher the dose required. However, lower doses may be required in patients with preexisting weakness and in women. Properly administered toxin is generally well tolerated and side effects are few. Improperly used toxin can be life threatening.

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