Botox Side Effects

Last Updated: January 10, 2013

The first rule of Botox safety is to make sure that the procedure is performed ONLY by a board certified physician who has experience with all aspects of the procedure.

That said, almost every city in the United States has more than their share of certified professionals who can perform this relatively minor treatment. As a testament to the popularity of the treatment, most cosmetic professionals are adding this to their repertoire.

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The most common side effect from a Botox injection is a general weakness. Depending on the strength of the toxin used. This is still fairly rare and is usually not prevalent enough to limit the daily routine of the patient's life.

What are the Side Effects of Botox?

Generally, side effects related to Botox treatments are idiosyncratic and fairly mild.

The most common side effect from a Botox treatment is a general weakness. Depending on the strength of the toxin used, this weakness can last anywhere from one week to a few months. This is still fairly rare and is usually not prevalent enough to limit the daily routine of the patient's life.

One side effect that can affect some people more than others is the inability to move certain muscles in the face.

If you're an actor, musician, politician or have a career where showing a breadth of emotion is crucial, you should consult your physician and let them know what your requirements are before undergoing any Botox treatments.

Some patients also experience neck weakness, which is especially noticeable when attempting to raise the head from a lying position.

This occurs after weakening of the sternocleidomastoid muscles, either from direct injection or diffusion. This is more common in women with long thin necks.

Common Side effects of Botox

  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • 'drooping' of the eyelids
  • malaise
  • flu-like symptoms
  • rashes at sites distant from the injections

Avoid these adverse effects by using the lowest effective doses and precisely placing toxin into the platysma. But other than these, the only side effect you should notice is more attention from everyone from your friends and family to complete strangers.

If you do experience some side effects, you should consult your physician immediately. Often this includes weakness and a 'drooping' of the eyelids. For most people this is nothing more than a mild discomfort and the effects will usually go away in about a month.

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Botox is a powerful substance. Never, under any circumstance, try and duplicate the procedure in your home.

Before The Botox Injection

As for other Botox safety precautions, it is important not to consume alcohol leading up to the procedure and after the procedure. Alcohol can effect the circulation and blood flow in your body, which could, if altered, negatively manifest itself after treatment.

Never Tamper With The Dose or Formula

Lastly, keep in mind that Botox is a powerful substance. Never, under any circumstance, try and duplicate the procedure in your home. The dose in each Botox treatment is miniscule and tampering with the dose and or formula could result in serious problems.

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