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Botox side effects

Botox side effects

Botulinum toxin side effects are rare, 

Botulinum toxin has been used for decades for a variety of medical indications and has a common misconception is that it actually paralyzes all the muscles in the face. Although, this can happen most physicians strive to inject just the amount that allows the patient to have some limited activity but not so much that they have overactivity of the areas. Patients should know that it is not used to keep them from expressing themselves completely  but simply to keep them from making facial grimaces and frowns that have become habits and are unintended. When performed correctly, most people will not notice that a toxin procedure has been performed but simply that the patient looks more rested or happier.

Botulinum Toxin has an excellent safety record. The treatment is exceptionally effective and lasts from 2 to 6 months depending on the individual.It is very rare for patients not to obtain an effect.

Side effects are mild and short lived:

  • bruising at injection site
  • headache
  • eye lid droop
  • eyebrow droop
  • watery eyes
  • sensitivity to light
  • Eye drops are available to help reduce problems with eyelid droop.
  • It can be used on the lower face and neck, however the potential side effects are different but also rare:
  • Inability to chew food
  • Inability to swallow

Risks associated with botox injections