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Risks you may face when seeking Perfection with Botox

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 19, 2013
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  • Protein called botulinum toxin is what works as cosmetic medicine.
  • Too much of it causes paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning.
  • Most commonly you would get bruises that may last up to a week.
  • Eye brow droop and eye lid droop are also two probable side effects.


The mention of Botox takes us to the periphery of perfection, Botox signifies perfection. It is used in cosmetic medicine for highlighting or improving one’s features.

side effects of botoxBotox is only a trade name for the neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin and this is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. When given in large doses the protein causes what is known as botulism which is a rare paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning. This protein is used in cosmetic medicine in order to treat conditions such as moderate to severe brow furrow, uncontrolled blinking of the eye, lazy eye, wrinkles, and creases on the face. A small amount of diluted botulinum toxin enables controlled weakening of the muscles. But how safe are they?

Some side effects of Botox


This is the most common side effect of botox, and the bruises last up to seven days and are usually around five to ten millimeters on diameter. The bruises last for up to seven days, and are very common when you are being treated the crow’s feet. You can help yourself with ice as it can happen to prevent such bruising, and treatment includes a topical like Hirudoib or a vascular laser or an IPL at a vascular setting.

Eye Brow Droop

You will experience this most commonly when you are being treated for the horizontal forehead lines. This issue of drooping eye brows could vary from being a small problem to the extent of being very obvious. The patient may complain of looking tired or even having difficulty while putting on eye makeup. The treatment for this side effect is treating more Botox being injected into your muscles, and this will pull down the brow. It will last long depending on factors such as the dose and the placement of the product.

Eye Lid Droop

One of the most feared complication that is faced by patients; doctors fear this situation for being too obvious. Drooping eye lid can last from weeks to a few months and you can treat it by getting your eyelid lifted.


Getting infected is a rare complication and is possible when a needle punctures the skin, known as ‘spocking’. Such a thing occurs when the doctor aims to avoid injecting too close to the outside area located above the eyebrows in order to avoid an eyebrow droop. There is however, a possibility that the reverse would happen with too much of movement from the area. This can leave the patient with a strange appearance which is definitely not very desirable.

There is also a possibility that the effects of botulinum toxin could spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism signs and symptoms. These include weakness in muscles, vision problems, trouble speaking or swallowing, trouble in breathing and loss of bladder control.

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