Neurotoxin injections such as BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are some of the most popular anti-aging skin treatments among women and men alike. They can be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows, at the corners of the eyes, and in other areas. While BOTOX injections are a generally safe and minimally invasive procedure, they can come along with temporary side effects on your forehead and other areas where they are administered.
It is important to research potential BOTOX side effects prior to your appointment so that you know what to expect in the days following your treatment and can easily tell what’s normal and what might be considered a complication. Here, we take you through some of the most common side effects of BOTOX, as well as rarer complications, and provide tips on how to reduce BOTOX side effects to see results sooner.
Most Common BOTOX Side Effects
As with any injectable treatment, some mild side effects in the few days following your BOTOX, Dysport, or Xeomin appointment are to be expected. Some of the most common side effects of these anti-wrinkle injectable treatments include:
- Tenderness of the injection site
In some rare instances, more serious complications of BOTOX are possible. These can include shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, excessive muscle weakness, allergic reactions, nausea, and drooping eyelids. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your medical provider promptly.
How Long Do BOTOX Side Effects Last?
BOTOX side effects like bruising, swelling, and redness typically last for two to three days after your injections, though they can linger for up to two weeks. For this reason, we recommend that you come in for your BOTOX appointment at least two weeks before an important event such as a wedding, reunion, or vacation so that any bruising or swelling that occurs has plenty of time to diminish, revealing your final result in time for your event.
How to Reduce BOTOX Side Effects
First and foremost, you can significantly reduce the risks of BOTOX complications and side effects by choosing a qualified and highly experienced provider. The technique used to administer BOTOX can have a profound effect on the severity and longevity of resulting side effects after BOTOX, Dysport, or Xeomin. For example, drooping eyelids after forehead BOTOX injections often occur due to improper injection technique and placement, as well as using too much BOTOX in the wrong areas. This side effect of forehead BOTOX can be avoided by simply choosing a provider who has ample experience administering BOTOX in this area.
In addition to working with a reputable BOTOX provider, you can help to reduce mild BOTOX side effects such as bruising and swelling by following these tips:
- Avoid vigorously rubbing or massaging the treated area for the first 1 to 2 days after getting BOTOX. This will prevent the product from spreading to other areas.
- Gently apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity for the first 1 to 2 days after getting BOTOX to help reduce swelling and bruising.
- Do not take blood-thinning medications or supplements for a few days before getting BOTOX, as these can make bruising worse.
- Avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours after your BOTOX appointment to reduce bruising and swelling.
- Keep your head elevated while sleeping or relaxing at home to keep blood from pooling in your face, helping to reduce bruising and swelling.
- Talk to your provider about taking arnica tablets before and after BOTOX. Arnica montana is a common herbal supplement that may help to reduce bruising.
Are There Long-Term Side Effects of BOTOX?
No, there are no long-term side effects associated with BOTOX when administered properly. BOTOX works by temporarily relaxing the muscle contractions that cause lines and wrinkles to form on your skin. This effect gradually wears away over three to six months, as your body metabolizes the product. Thus, once the BOTOX is eliminated from your body, it has no lasting effects.
Again, it is important to note that you will see the best BOTOX results with the lowest risk of side effects or complications when you work with a properly trained and experienced provider. Doing the extra research upfront to find the best BOTOX provider near you will pay off in the long run with top-notch results and a minimal risk of side effects.
Can You Stop BOTOX Once You Start?
Yes — as mentioned above, the effects of BOTOX are only temporary, so your face will return to its natural appearance as soon as the product has fully worn away. The rate at which the body metabolizes the product will vary from person to person, though three to six months is the average longevity of BOTOX results.
The only cosmetic effect you should notice after stopping BOTOX is that lines and wrinkles will become noticeable again. However, there is evidence that getting regular BOTOX injections may help to slow the aging process and prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming in the future.
Side effects like mild to moderate bruising, swelling, tenderness at the injection site are normal and to be expected in the days following your BOTOX appointment. However, if you notice anything out of the ordinary such as intense pain, bleeding, or eyelid drooping, contact your medical provider for advice on the next appropriate steps.
When it comes to getting beautiful BOTOX results as quickly as possible with minimal side effects, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — choose your Boca Raton & Fort Lauderdale BOTOX provider wisely! Take a look at before and after BOTOX pictures online, read online reviews, and ask for referrals from friends and family to help you pick the most qualified and experienced BOTOX provider in your area.
If you still have questions about BOTOX side effects or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your injectable treatment options with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers, call our Boca Raton & Fort Lauderdale office at 561-462-0377 or get in touch with us online.