Side Effects of Botox Cosmetic or Botulinum Toxin Injections

What is Botox? Botox also called botulinum toxin is a painless and non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is used to remove dynamic wrinkles of the face such as crow's feet, frown lines on the forehead and eyebrows. Most people confuse botox as being a cosmetic surgery option whereas this is not the case as botox is an injection of substance known as botulinum toxin and is totally painless and does not involve surgery so you can call botox as a cosmetic treatment option rather than a cosmetic surgery option. Now learn how doctors inject botox in patients. Botox cosmetic or botulinum toxin treatment involves injecting a dose in the wrinkled area inhibiting the release of nerve impulses therefore tightening up the skin. This botulinum toxin treatment is reversible and if you want to remain wrinkle free, you have to visit your botox specialist every 4 to 6 months’ time.

Side Effects of Botox:  Though there are sometimes less or sometimes more side effects related to each and every procedure in the world of allopathic medicine and surgery, side effects of botox cosmetic injections are mostly derived from medical malpractice, which sometimes results in temporary or partial paralysis of facial muscles and drooping of eyelids. For this reason, use of botox cosmetic injections is contraindicated with the lower face and is only recommended for ages between 20 and 65. One more side effect of botulinum toxin is a small bruise at the site of injection which disappears quickly because Botox cosmetic is administered through tiny injections and that is why the most common side effects of Botox include bruising. These small bruises in places that are injected with botulinum toxin generally disappear within 10 or 12 days.

Enhancing facial beauty with Botox cosmetic injections.
Enhancing facial beauty with Botox cosmetic injections.

People undergoing Botox cosmetic injections must pay attention to the tips below:

 

1.         Botox cosmetic substance (botulinum toxin) is not administered to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to prevent adverse side effects.

 

2.         Patients who suffer from neuromuscular disorders like muscular atrophies, myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, etc. should consult their family physicians or neurologists before starting a botox therapy or botulinum toxin treatment because it can lead to cardiovascular problems in the future.

 

3.         Depending on the organism used in botox cosmetic injections, it can cause headaches, flu-like symptoms, minor facial pains, and temporary drooping of the eyelids. If these symptoms persist beyond 10 or 12 days, the patient should consult his/her doctor.

 

4.         Also, always remember that once you have decided to inject Botox cosmetic, tell about all types of allergic reactions you have had in your lifetime to any injections or medicines because some patients experience minor allergic reactions after administering botulinum toxin so it is for your safety that you tell about each and every side effect you have had in the patient with other therapies. Moreover, Botox doctors also perform preliminary examinations to detect an allergy or intolerance to the botulinum toxin injections.

 

Although it is interesting to note that a large number of people including popular celebrities have undergone botox cosmetic treatment in the past, but then also a lot of people who want to get benefits of botox injection to improve their overall look and appearance of the face and surrounding areas are doubtful about this procedure and why not they should be because there are many side effects of botox cosmetic therapy like bruising around the area injected with botulinum toxin and abnormal drooping of eyelids and partial and temporary facial paralysis so it is always better to ask your doctor before undergoing this procedure, that “Is Botox right for me?” or “Should I try botox injections for wrinkles or not?”

You can also visit my other hub, "an Illustrated guide to facial cosmetic surgery and botox injections for more details on this topic.

 

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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

great hub...! too early for botox yet, but one should always keep on one's toes! ;) thanks for sharing


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot myownworld for your comment.


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ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

sounds great but I am sold on Juvederm whch uses a natural body fluid vs Botox or am I wrong?

I recall somethign funny, a few people told me hey used to think that to keep a fuller face was to eat more. LOL


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Ocbill, I have checked out Juvederm and it sounds great. It's an injectable wrinkle filler made up of hyaluronic acid. I will check out more on this. Thanks for the update.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Useful information. Thanks.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Too late for botox lol


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

It's always good to know the pros and cons, and side-effects of any procedure you are considering. Thanks for this great information.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Mr. Roychoudhury, Mrs. Smith, and Veronica for your comments and support.


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stricktlydating 6 years ago from Australia

G'day soni2006, I'm a regular Botox user and I absolutely love it! I've never suffered bruising or headaches etc personally when I've had it done, it's the quickest beauty treatment you can have! However they are using it in new places now - one of which I've written a Hub about. I've had it injected along my top lip which pulls back the lip a little and gives you a fuller top lip (though not actually plumping it up). After having my lip done I could no longer whistle or drink from a cup for several week! Obviously a fairly annoying side effect! Still, I love getting Botox, it instantly removes any eye wrinkles and frown lines, far better than any other beauty treatment can, and less hasstle (and cheaper) than having surgery! Best wishes!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much strictlydating for sharing your personal experience on using Botox injections but can you tell me one thing are there any chances of getting side effects from Botox injections for cosmetic purposes in the long run, as you have said that you have been using them for quite some time now. Have you seen any small side effects or not? I am asking this because it will help other people think before undergoing Botox injections. I know that they have been fine for you but some people have experienced problems with using Botox injections. One thing which suits might be possible not suit another person. Isn't this statement correct? Please put some light on this as you are the best guide here at hubpages because you have been getting Botox injections personally.


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stricktlydating 6 years ago from Australia

Thanks Soni2006, Here's some more about having Botox. For everyone who has Botox for any reason be it for Cosmetic purposes or medical reasons (It's also used for many years to treat some some illness where the hands shake, for migranes and to stop sweating etc) the effects totally wear off in around 3-5 months. Then it is like you never had it before. So the time it lasts will vary slightly between different people, but it is a temporary solution and if you don't have the injections again you'll be back to exactly how you were before. There is no long term affects. I have a very obvious frown line, which is why I first tried it, and I get a top up of Botox when I notice my frown starting to come back, I don't wait for the effect to fully wear off. Botox is officially approved (in Australia) for Cosmetic use on crows feet and frown lines only. It works perfectly and almost immediately in these regions. It is just like magic! It removes not only the wrinkle, but the furrow where the wrinkle was also disappears, so you're completely smooth. No-one has ever said they've noticed I've had it done, I think it's a natural look, but I no longer get told to 'stop frowning' which is nice! But getting it done on the lip line, is somthing the Clinic I go to also offers, so I've tried it athough it's not an approved use of Botox. Other clinics will offer under-eye wrinkle removal, but I've been warned against this as it can make your face look droopy-eyed as well as removing the wrinkles in that area. I'm under 30 years old, and my practitioner has said she only needs to use a small amount of Botox on me as my skin is in otherwise firm condition. I expect that the results may vary in older women who have more wrinkles on their face, or may need a higher dose of Botox to treat the relevant areas. As there are no long term affects, I think if you want to try it go for it, as it's such a quick and easy procedure, and if you didn't like it the effects would wear off and you'd never have to do it again, but I can't emagine someone not liking it, it's just such an instant fix, and not a painful or scary procedure - I'm usually out the door within a few minutes and just continue on with my day!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much again strictlydating for explaining botox procedures in such a great detail but please don't mind, I have one more question. Do you think if a person undergoes a botox injection once or twice in his/her lifetime, will there be chances that the person will be in regular need of getting these injections done? Because when the Botox affect will wear off, then it might be possible that people will notice much more wrinkles than what they were experiencing before undergoing this procedure. Please some light on this if you have some time. Your tips will be really appreciated. Thanks a lot in advance. I know you have the answer.


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stricktlydating 6 years ago from Australia

Thanks for asking Soni2006. After Botox has worn off (approx 3-5 months) your face is back to looking exactly as it was some months before - before you have the injections. The muscles which move your face in that area are no longer paralized, and it's just the same as before. I know women who get it done before their wedding, so they'll look great in their wedding photos, but don't worry about getting it again afterwards. It's simply a temporary wrinkle fix. You certainly don't need to continue to get it done, and it doesn't make the wrinkles you had worse during the few months that it's working for you. Hope this helps! Best wishes.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot strictlydating for answering my query. Now me and my readers are able to understand what is or not the impact of botox injections after getting it done. Everything is transparent and clear. Your valuable comments have updated incredible info in this article. Best of luck for New Year and always. Enjoy your life to the fullest and live every moment with happiness and joy. Keep up the good work.


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Gabriella D'Anton 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

The effects of Botox are cumulative and in time you need less and less in terms of quantity (number of units) injected and time between the procedure


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Gabriella for sharing your views on botox.


Sandra@BOTOXINFO 6 years ago

My name is Sandra Lee and i would like to show you my personal experience with Botox.

I have suffered with migraines and neck pain for many years. Botox has given me my life back. I have arthritis in my neck and Botox is the ONLY thing that has given me relief.

I hope this information will be useful to others,


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Sandra, thanks for sharing your personal experience with botox injections. I am glad that botox helped you. I will check your blog today. Thanks for the comment and link.


Lisa Andrews - Lose Wrinkles  6 years ago

I am contemplating on having it done, do u think it's still safe? Should i just stick with the commercial anti aging creams?


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It is safe but there are some side effects with some people. Lisa, please consult with a botox specialist before undergoing this procedure.

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