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What are side effects after botox (botulinum toxin type a)?

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Dr. Richard Baxter answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Rare for cosmetic: A special boxed warning that patients are supposed to read before receiving Botox injections lists several very serious side effects, but these are generally related to high doses for medical applications. In fact, none of these has occurred with cosmetic doses of botox. Temporary eyelid droop is the most common and this is less than 1%.

Answered 7/2/2015

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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Few: Botox is has few adverse reactions, but there is always a small chance you can be allergic to the drug itself. In higher doses, it can cause respiratory problems, and weakness. To name a few.

Answered 11/27/2017

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Botox Side Effects: Very rare to have any side effects at all. In my experience of 1000's of injections the most common occurrences are mild discomfort at the injection site (seconds to minutes), mild swelling or redness (seconds to minutes), bleeding (drop), bruising (mild), unsatisfactory result (<5%) (over or under corrected), drooping eyelid (exceedingly rare), allergic (exceedingly rare).

Answered 8/18/2012

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Dr. Mike Bowman answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Temporary bump: Side effects are rare. There may be bumps at the injection site, which might be accompanied by redness and rarely bruising. The bumps resolve in a day or two, the bruising fades in a week or two. Eyelid drooping can occur if placed improperly. This should be a rare event, and can be improved with eye drops usually. Asymmetry after injection also may occur and can usually be corrected.

Answered 8/18/2012

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Dr. Babak Azizzadeh answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Possible, but rare.: http://www.facialplastics.info/botox.htmlthough side effects from Botox are very rare, it's possible for people to experience bruising and swelling following their injection. It's important to remember that there are two forms of botox--one used for medical purposes, and one used for cosmetic purposes. The amount of Botox injected cosmetically is much lower than the amount used medically.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Weakness: Botulinum toxins work by weakening muscles. Thus a high dose may cause more weakness than desired. If the toxin spreads beyond the desired area it can cause more serious side effects such as swallowing or breathing problems. These need to be monitored and recognized quickly as they can be treated until the effect of the botulinum toxin wears off.

Answered 3/5/2013

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