What are the risks associated with botulinum toxin?
Although all procedures have some degree of risk, FDA-approved injections of botulinum toxin are relatively low risk in the hands of an expert injector.
The most common side effects with botulinum toxin are:
- Temporary muscle weakness
- Redness, irritation and swelling at the injection site
- In some cases, patients experience slight bruising that usually resolves within a week or two
- In rare instances, patients may experience dry mouth, headache, dizziness, nausea and fever
If you have a symptom that is more serious, such as a rash or trouble breathing, please call your surgeon immediately
If you go to an untrained, inexperienced individual, you increase your risks for complications such as:
- Adverse reactions
- Muscle spasm
- Drooping eyelid or facial muscles
You can help minimize botulinum toxin risks by going to a board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon and following their advice and instructions before and after your treatment.
See Injectable Safety Guide