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Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) Risks and Safety

by Dr. Daniel Lin


Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) Risks and Safety | Pasadena | BreaBotox is the world’s number one non-surgical facial anti-wrinkle treatment. The FDA approved this treatment in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of frown lines, and further approved it in 2013 for the cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet around the eyes. As long as Botox injections are administered by a cosmetic surgery or another aesthetic professional, the procedure is considered safe.

New patients should, however, acquire all relevant information about Botox, including its potential risks, before going ahead with the procedure. The main ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A, which can create serious side effects if delivered wrongly or in wrong quantity.

Profound, reliable, and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin provides Botox treatment to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations in this part of SoCal.


Potential Risks

Common risks and side effects that are typically associated with Botox include inflammation, redness, swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection and pain in the injection sites. An allergic reaction may be indicated in a few cases. In case of dizziness or breathing difficulties after Botox, the patient should get prompt medical attention.

Botox is also associated with a few other less common side effects, such as muscle spasms, twitching, droopy eyelids, headache, neck pain, dry mouth, fatigue, or numbness in the treated sites. Numbness may occur due to muscle immobility in a few cases. If the Botox injections have not worked well, the patient may go through muscle spasms.

Adverse reaction in the surrounding healthy tissue may occur if the Botox medication spreads to unintended sites due to wrong administering. For instance, droopy eyelids may occur temporarily in a few cases if Botox is injected close to the upper lids or between the brows. In any case, the potential risks of Botox are much lower compared to a cosmetic surgery procedure.


Additional Complications

Botox may lead to a few other potential complications in rare cases, particularly when it is administered wrongly:

  • Twisted or crooked smile

  • Symptoms resembling a flu

  • Cockeyed brows

  • Unexplained tearing

  • Difficulties in vision

  • Muscle weakness in the injected sites

  • Obstruction in swallowing or speaking

  • Weak bladder control

Reliable and innovative plastic surgeon Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and other communities and neighborhoods in this region of the state for Botox.


Who Should Avoid Botox?

To achieve safe and predictable outcomes, the provider should carefully determine candidacy. People with one or more of the following conditions may have to avoid Botox:


  • Allergy to an ingredient of Botox

  • Suffered earlier from the side effects of Botox or a variant

  • Suffering from an untreated skin infection in the injection site

  • Suffering from ALS, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or another disease affecting muscles or nerves

  • Having asthma or chronic breathing troubles

  • Bleeding issues

  • Recently received a facial surgery procedure

  • Planning to undergo a facial surgery

  • Weak forehead muscles

  • Unable to stop the use of NSAIDs and blood thinners

According to the manufacturer’s guidelines, pregnant, and nursing women should also avoid Botox injections.



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