In general, adverse reactions to Botox injections occur within the first week after the procedure and can last for several months or longer. Although not very common, an allergic reaction is possible. Possible side effects of Botox include pain at the injection site, infection, swelling, redness, bleeding, and bruising. These symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction; other allergy symptoms include itching, wheezing, asthma, rash, red hives, dizziness, and fainting.
If you experience any of these symptoms after a Botox injection, contact your doctor or surgeon immediately. Kathy Leeman was 30 when she first tried Botox eight years ago to reduce expression lines in her forehead and between her eyebrows. Table 4 of a study on the treatment lists selected adverse reactions reported by ≥ 1% of Botox Cosmetic (#3D66) subjects aged 18 to 77 years that were evaluated in two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Botox Cosmetic has been available by prescription in the United States since it was approved by the FDA in 2002. It is important to note that some disreputable people have reportedly given injections that were overdiluted or underdiluted with saline, as well as counterfeit solutions that did not contain Botox at all.
Additionally, Botox may spread slightly beyond the intended injection site and affect surrounding tissues. It is important to always go to an experienced, board-certified dermatologist or surgeon for any medical procedure, including cosmetic or therapeutic Botox injections. After the procedure, it is important to take care of yourself to enjoy the full effects of your Botox experience. If you still have questions about Botox injections, including reactions and concerns, contact your doctor.