5 Side Effects Of Botox Injections

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Did you know that Botox is actually made from bacteria? It’s called botulinum toxin, a microbe that can cause food poisoning. But in small amounts, Botox injections may be useful for both beauty and medical reasons. They can reduce fine lines and wrinkles while easing conditions like migraines or lazy eyes.1 If you’re considering Botox, keep these five possible side effects in mind.

5 Side Effects Of Botox Injection

1. Bruising

Bruising: Side Effects Of Botox Injections

The most common side effect of Botox is bruising.2 It’s rather from the injection and not so much from Botox itself. After all, it’s a tiny injury! Bruising is more likely to happen if you take blood thinners like aspirin, vitamin E, ibuprofen.3 If you do have bruising, it should go away within one week.4

2. Pain And Swelling

Pain And Swelling: Side Effects Of Botox Injections

Pain and swelling are also likely. Again, these side effects will develop right around the injection site.5 But it should eventually go away, along with the bruising. If it doesn’t, speak to your doctor immediately.

3. Drooping Eyelids

Drooping Eyelids are Side Effects Of Botox Injections

While this is a rare side effect, it can also happen. Your brows might sag as well.6 This is caused by the toxin traveling upward, so you should avoid lying down for a few hours after the procedure.7

4. Muscle Weakness

Muscle Weakness: Side Effects Of Botox Injections

Temporary weakness of nearby muscles is the most feared side effect. They can even become paralyzed! However, this won’t last forever. It typically subsides within a few weeks or months. The strength of the Botox injections – and where you get it from – will determine whether or not this happens to you.8

5. Flu-Like Symptoms

Flu like symptom is side effects of botox injections

The flu-like symptom is another possible side effect.9 This is thought to be caused by a reaction of your immune system. You might also have a minor headache.10

Talk with your doctor to see if Botox is a good choice for you. Be sure to work with a good doctor that specializes in this procedure. And, as always, follow their instructions during the healing process.

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4, 6. Botulinum Toxin Therapy, American Academy of Dermatology
9. Botox injections – Risk, Mayo Clinic