Botox ®, when used in these extremely small doses, has a high level of safety.
Since Botox ® proteins are only attracted to muscles, it does not affect the central nervous system. It does not cause numbness in the area of the injections, and muscles related to other facial expressions are rarely affected. One or two patients in every hundred may experience a temporary drooping of the eyelid, but this usually goes away in a week or two.
Serious complications with Botox ® injection are extremely rare, but like any medical procedure, it does have some risks. Going to a specialist experienced in Botox ® injection can significantly minimize the risks. The vast majority of our patients are extremely happy with their appearance after Botox ® injections.
If you decide that Botox ® injections are an option for you, we can give you additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed. Be sure you have all your questions answered to your satisfaction.
Common side effects include:
- Eye redness, tearing, or irritation
- Redness or bruising in the injection area
- A less common but more serious side effect is ptosis (drooping eyelids). This can make it hard to see. Ptosis should go away when the botulinum toxin wears off in a couple of months.