The cosmetic treatment known as Botox Injection has, quickly over the years, taken the world by storm to become one of the most popular anti-aging treatments available. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure became so popular primarily because of 2 good reasons:
- Botox gives quick results
- Botox risks are relatively low compared to other forms of cosmetic treatment
While most people have no problems when taking Botox, you cannot deem that risks are zero. In clinical studies, common noted Botox side effects include muscle weakness, droopy eyelids and difficulty swallowing. Although these side effects are generally mild and easily treated, in severe cases, patients can develop serious side effects of Botox, such as speech problems, double vision or chest pain.
As with any medicine, there are some possible side effects to Botox, the physician-administered injection used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, not everyone who takes Botox Injections will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either requires no treatment or is easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Naturally, most people common reaction is to assume there is some Botox injection danger, since it’s a product derived from a toxin*. However contrary to common belief, it is in fact very safe, and has been in use for some time. In all cases, it’s always prudent to review the Botox injection side effects and procedure prior treatment.
*Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and is extremely neurotoxic.
Typically the amount of Botox and side effects and Botox danger remains low. Any Botox side effects can typically only last 6 months at a maximum, because Botox treatments are temporary. People with neuromuscular disorders should consult with their physician carefully before having a Botox injection treatment, as cardiovascular problems may arise. Likewise, those with cardiovascular disease should also pay special attention.
The effects of Botox are noticeable one to two days after the procedure and can last up to six months. Since Botox only stays in the body for a maximum of six months, any side effects associated with the medication will diminish after that time period. People who continue to receive treatments may continue to experience side effects. The common side effects include nausea, flu syndrome, respiratory infection, forehead and eyelid drooping, and headache. Less common Botox risks include symptoms that are generally associated with the injection. These include redness, pain, swelling, numbness, bruising, muscle weakness and bleeding. Normally, these symptoms generally subside within a week after injection.
Common Side Effects of Botox
Botox has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. Bruisng at the site of the injection, is not uncommon and experienced by a small group of patients due to the side effects of Botox.
Side Effects Due to Cosmetic Use
In clinical studies of Botox for cosmetic use, such as to improve the appearance of lines between the eyebrows), common side effects surfacing on less than 3% of the patients include: droopy eyelids (less than 1% ), headache, respiratory infection, nausea & flu, indigestion or heartburn, tooth problems, high blood pressure (i.e hypertension), muscle weakness and facial pain. In rare occurences Botox can spread into neighboring muscles and cause temporary paralysis.
Even if you experienced some or any of the Botox side effects discussed above, it can be difficult to tell if the side effects are caused by Botox or by other factors. Of course you must be aware that any cosmetic procedures come along with risks, and that includes Botox Injections. If you think it is worth it and the risks are managed, go ahead. However, you must let your doctor know at first instance if you feel uncomfortable after the Botox Injections.
The following Botox side effects were commonly reported, ranging from highest to lowest in probability:
- droopy eyelids,
- difficulty swallowing,
- vertical misalignment of the eye (vertical deviation),
- upper respiratory infection (such as the common cold),
- neck pain,
- and headache
Less frequently side effects of Botox occurring (<3%) adverse reactions include pain in the face, erythema at the injection site, and muscle weakness. These events are thought to be associated with the injection and usually occurs within the first week. Other common side effects (affecting 2 to 10% of patients) include: Cough, Flu-like symptoms, such as a fever and chills, Back pain, Runny or stuffy nose, Dizziness, Soreness at the injection site, Weakness, Dry mouth, Drowsiness, Bleeding at the injection site, Infection, Sore throat, Anxiety, Bronchitis, High blood pressure (hypertension), Nausea, Fatigue
Serious Botox Side Effects include:
- signs of spreading of the toxin effect (a condition known as botulism),
- muscle weakness all over the body,
- difficulty breathing
- difficulty swallowing
- droopy eyelids,
- double or blured vision,
- voice changes and/or speech problems
- loss of bladder control
Allergic Reactions Caused by Botox
Signs of an Allergic Reactions that you should take note and seek medical attention immediately
- An unexplained rash
- Hives (raised, often itchy, red welts on the surface of the skin)
- Swelling of the mouth and/or throat
- Wheezing (continuous, coarse, whistling sound produced in the respiratory airways during breathing)
- Difficulty breathing
Final Precautionary Notes on Botox Side Effects
Botox Injection procedures are considered medical techniques that should be carried out in a controlled medical environment and administered by a qualified and experienced medical professional.
Strict checkups and proper going through of your medical history to determine your suitability as a candidate before taking Botox treatment is essential. In fact, only one injection should be given every 3 months.
Groups of individuals to avoid Botox as they have increased risk of adverse reactions include:
– Women, who are breast feeding
– and people taking antibiotics are recommended
Finally, make sure to let your doctor know immediately should you develop any side effects, uncomfortable or you just don’t feel right.