- How did Botox begin?
- How is Botox administered and what wrinkles does Botox treat?
- How long does a Botox injection last?
- The sites on the body where Botox will work best
- Candidates for Botox
- Side effects and complications of Botox
- Medical and cosmetic uses of Botox
- Some questions about Botox answered
Side effects and complications of Botox
Possible side effects of cosmetic Botox
- The site of the injection might swell, however, this will normally disappear quite quickly.
- The site of the injection might bruise, this is rare and will heal in two to five days and is also easily hidden with makeup.
- It might sting at the injection site.
- The upper eyelids may also swell. This can last up to two weeks, it is normally mild.
Possible complications of cosmetic Botox
Eyebrow and eyelid ptosis (the drooping of the eyebrow/eye) can be a possible complication of Botox injections, however, it is very rare and only one in 100 people develop this side effect. It is also normally very mild.
- Eyebrow ptosis is the result of the dosage being administered too high or too close to the orbital rim which lifts the upper half of the face. If this happens, the effect can last between two and three months.
- Eyelid ptosis develops when the Botox spreads from certain injection sites to the eyelid muscle. Being a diffused and lower dose, the effect will only last about two weeks, but in some rare cases, it is known to last up to two months.
Other rare side effects can include:
- Mild nausea
- Neck weakness
- Gallbladder dysfunction
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth