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Botox side effects

Botox side effects

Botulinum toxin side effects are rare but they do occur. Most are due to poor technique leading to disappointing results. Dr Paul has performed well over ten thousand toxin treatments and can usually correct problems that arise or advise you about them.

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. 

Contact us in Chelsea Canary Wharf or Marylebone, London to speak to Dr Charlson

Side effects are mild and short-lived and they usually fall into the following:

  • 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