Avoiding Botox Side Effects

Since it was approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox® has become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the country. More than 6.6 million Botox and Botox-like procedures were performed in 2014. Botox has a proven safety record. However, side effects are always possible. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of having problems with your Botox treatments.

What are the most common Botox side effects?

The FDA originally approved Botox based on the results of two clinical trials that evaluated safety and effectiveness. More recently, research published March 2015 in JAMA Dermatology confirms that Botox rarely results in side effects. Researchers determined that, when procedures were performed by experienced medical professionals, adverse events occurred in fewer than 1 percent of procedures.

The initial clinical trials that led to FDA approval of Botox showed eyelid drooping occurred in 3 percent of patients who received treatment for frown lines. One percent of patients treated for crows’ feet experienced eyelid swelling. Botox manufacturer Allergan notes that other potential side effects include fatigue, headache, neck pain, vision problems and allergic reaction.

How can you reduce your risk for Botox side effects?


The most important thing you can do to reduce risk for Botox side effects is to identify a qualified medical professional to perform your procedure. Many physicians and nurses without formal training in cosmetic procedures offer Botox. Individuals with absolutely no medical training may also host Botox parties. Receiving Botox injections from inexperienced medical professionals and non-medical professionals can increase your risk for side effects.

To ensure your safety, be sure to learn about the medical professional performing your procedure. Ask about training and experience performing Botox injections before selecting a medical professional to perform your procedure.

At Finesse Plastic Surgery, Botox injections are administered by a board-certified physician assistant experienced in cosmetic procedures. These are performed under the direction of a board-certified plastic surgeon with advanced fellowship training specifically in cosmetic procedures.

The second most important thing you can do to reduce the risk for Botox side effects is to be honest with the medical professional performing your procedure. Inform the medical professional performing your procedure about all medications you take, including nonprescription medicines, vitamins and supplements.

Also let him or her know if you have received Botox within the past three months and if you experienced any side effects. Additionally, tell him or her whether you have had surgery on your face, whether you have any existing medical conditions and whether you are pregnant.

Finesse Plastic Surgery is committed to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. Whether you are interested in Botox injections, laser treatments, or surgical procedures, we will work with you to develop a Beauty Plan that meets your goals and expectations. To learn more, schedule a consultation today.


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