Though Botox injections are far less invasive than most plastic surgery procedures, they do have the potential to cause certain side effects. Before getting Botox, find out which side effects the popular wrinkle treatment is associated with.
One of the most publicized potential side effects of Botox injections is a lack of facial expressiveness. Wrinkles are caused by the overuse of muscles through common facial expressions. Botox works by weakening or paralyzing contracted muscles, causing them to relax, making the wrinkles they cause disappear. As a result, the expressions these muscles are associated with happen less often. This all depends on the site of the injection, so make sure to ask your plastic surgeon for more information before getting any injections.
Another potential side effect of Botox is the temporary sagging of eyelids and eyebrows. This is not a common side effect. It’s caused by the downward migration of forehead- and brow-region Botox. To avoid migration, stay upright for six hours; do not lie down or bend over. Also, make sure to avoid touching or applying any sort of pressure to the injection area for 12 hours.
Mild bruises, pain and redness at the location of the injection, nausea, headache, and dry eyes are other potential side effects of Botox injections. None of these effects are incredibly severe, and any you experience should be temporary. It you’re experiencing extreme versions of these or ones that last for prolonged periods of time, contact your physician immediately.
Though it’s impossible to eliminate all risk from surgery, the best way to reduce the chance of negative side effects is by selecting a skilled, experienced, and respected surgeon like board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Debra Kroll. To set up a Botox consultation, contact our office.