Botox is one of the most common and popular beauty treatments in the whole world. Because of its effective results, Botox is widely popular to reduce a number of beauty issues and enhance the appearance of your skin or facial muscles. With growing age, your skin’s appearance starts to change and we see skin develop fine lines and wrinkles. So many men and women turn to Botox to treat those issues. Botox treatment lasts 3 to 6 months and is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women or if you have a neurological disease or issue.
Getting Botox only takes a few minutes. You won’t need anesthesia, and depending on what area you are treating, often uses a local numbing agent. The procedure includes a small needle inserted into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.
Botox injections are used to treat the following areas of the face:
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows
- Wrinkles around the eyes, also known as crow’s feet
- Horizontal creases in the forehead
- Lines at the corners of the mouth
- “Cobblestone” skin on the chin
As with any benefits come side effects too. Botox has proven to reduce certain skin conditions, but it also has some side effects that come along with the treatment. Always ask your doctor for any medical advice depending upon your specific skin condition.
Here are the most common possible side effects of Botox injections used on the face:
- Drooping Eyelids: When people use botox injections around the area of the forehead or eyes, this can result in droopy eyelids. The side effects will resolve within a few weeks but the right medications are needed to reduce the side effect.
- Allergic Reactions: Some women may face allergic reactions such as hives, itchiness, eye irritation, bruising around the skin, tingling or burning sensation, or swelling around the area of the injection.
- Headache or Migraine: This is the most common side effect of botox around the area of the forehead and eyes. You may feel a mild headache or migraine after getting botox. The headache can last a few hours to a few days. But in some cases, some patients have severe headaches that can last for two weeks to one month before going away completely.
- Flu-like Symptoms: Although getting the flu is not a common side effect of botox treatment, some people develop flu-like chills afterward. You may also have a fever after receiving botox, but the side effects usually subside after 2 to 3 days.
- Crooked Smile: This side effect happens when the injection is placed improperly or the wrong dose is given. Always go to an experienced doctor when getting botox. Uneven, asymmetric, or crooked smiles are rare side effects of botox injections, but some people may experience this side effect immediately after the procedure is done around the mouth. Fortunately, these side effects are temporary in most cases.
Botox is one of the best and most effective treatments to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your face, but they should be taken with precaution and care. Go to an experienced doctor and consult with them about your skin condition before making any decision. These potential botox side effects may take 2 to 3 days or up to 2 to 3 weeks to improve, but they could also last longer in certain serious cases.