Common Side Effects of Botox


If you are looking for an alternative to younger looking skin, you may be interested in a popular procedure called Botox. What is Botox, you might ask? Botox, or botulinum injections is a drug used medically for people with muscular conditions, but most commonly known for reducing lines are wrinkles on the face by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. Some other uses for Botox include bladder control, excessive sweating and migraines. Though proven to work on all of these conditions whether it’s cosmetic or for an underlying health issue, there can sometimes be side effects with this injection.

A side effect of Botox can, first and foremost, appear at the site of the injection. Some of these might include bruising, bleeding, redness or swelling, muscle weakness or even pain. These are all normal examples of feelings that may occur post injection. Botox can sometimes cause a rash as well whether it’s near the injection site or located elsewhere on the body.


One common side effect of Botox injections is headaches. You may also experience neck and back pain, diarrhoea, nausea, stomach pain, weakness and loss of appetite. In some cases fever can occur, along with other flu like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, etc). These are all mild side effects, which usually diminish on their own and do not become severe.

In a case where Botox is used for a medical condition such as Blepharospasm, you may experience drooping of the eyelid, dry and itchy eyes, tearing and eyelid swelling and/or bruising.

In a case where the patient has a serious side effect of Botox injections, they might experience trouble breathing or talking, heartbeat irregularities, chest pain, loss of bladder control or a severe skin rash that does not improve. For several weeks after injection you are prone to all these side effects, whether mild or severe. Be sure to pay close attention to anything happening to your body that is unusual post Botox injections.

Botox injections prove to be highly effective both medically and cosmetically and have become quite a common procedure in recent years. With everything medical, you risk having side effects. Though most are mild and quickly disappear, it’s important to watch for signs of these side effects you might experience after getting a Botox injection.