How Long Do Botox Side Effects Last? (7 Common Problems Explained)

Most people who plan on getting a Botox procedure done are often worried about their side effects.

Are you thinking of getting Botox but are not sure whether or not it could cause any side effects?

Do you want to know more about the types of side effects that you should be prepared for and how long they can last?

If you have any such questions about Botox and its effects, you can find most of the answers below. Read on to know if it is common to have side effects after a Botox treatment and also read in detail about some of the most common side effects of using Botox and how long they can last. We also talk about what could cause these side effects and how to best manage them. So if you or someone close to you is planning on getting some Botox work done, do take a look at all the information related to side effects, in order to be prepared and safe.

Is it common for side effects to occur as a result of a Botox treatment and do you need to be worried?

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  • As with any type of cosmetic procedure, or even as with certain types of medications, it is possible that the use of Botox may cause some type of side effects in some people. Though it is not very common for side effects to appear in everyone who uses it, a lot also has to do with your overall health, your skin type, whether or not you have used any medication in the recent past and so on.
  • It is also very important that you be very sure of the practitioner from whom you are getting the Botox treatment done and know in advance about the place from where you are getting it done. In many cases, the amount of Botox that is injected and the exact way in which it is injected can also have a lot of bearing on whether or not it will lead to any side effects.

7 common side effects of Botox and how long they can last

Here are 7 of the most common side effects of using Botox and a look at how long they might last, as well as what could cause it and how you can manage it in the best possible way.

1. Feeling anxious 

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  • This is one of the immediate side effects and usually happens the first time that Botox goes inside your system.
  • Being anxious and worried about the procedure may trigger further anxiety and discomfort.
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    You should feel fine in a few days of the procedure.
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    Speak to your doctor if you are experiencing any anxiety and talk about your concerns and worries. Your doctor will answer your questions and once you know more, you’ll feel less anxious.

2. Slight bleeding

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  • This is a very common side effect and many people who get Botox experience this.
  • This is a very temporary issue that will be taken care of while the procedure is done and before it is over.
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    This bleeding occurs as a result of the puncture that is caused by the injection.
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    Your doctor will clean up the site and take care of the bleeding.  

2. Feeling cold or feeling you are having a fever

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  • Botox may produce symptoms like cold, fever or the flu. You may experience a stuffy or runny nose or congestion, along with cough or chills.
  • In most of the cases, these will get better within a few days.
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    It is possible that it is the ingredient, that is Botox itself, that could be causing this kind of a reaction.
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    If you feel that there is no improvement in even a few days, do mention it to your doctor and see what you can do about it.

3. Bruising at the site of the injection:

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  • In many cases, you may start to experience bruising at the site of the injection where the Botox has been placed. While this is not considered to be a serious type of side effect, it is a temporary problem that will in most cases go away on its own.
  • It will usually go away in a few days or within a week of getting the injection. In case you do not see any improvement and if you notice that the bruising is still present after a week of the procedure, do make sure to speak to your doctor about it.
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    One of the main reasons that you may notice bruising at the site of the injection is because of the needle being injected there. In some cases, you may experience some pain or discomfort as a result of the needle being used, or even because of the ingredient, which is, Botox. As a result, you may start to develop a little bit of swelling at the place, which can also lead to some redness and bruising.
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    Your doctor will most likely suggest you to use some topical ointment to help the scarring or bruise heal faster.

4. Seeing blurry

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  • It is possible that using a Botox treatment may cause some temporary problems with your vision, such as seeing blurry or feeling dryness or slight itching sensation in the eyes.
  • This is also a very temporary kind of a side effect and in most cases, you will either feel this only on the day that you get the Botox treatment, or just for the next day or two.
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    It is believed that the ingredient, that is Botox, reacts in such a way that it causes dryness in your eyes, and as result, you may also experience itching and even see blurry.
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    Your doctor may suggest you some eye drops in case it does not get better on its own.

5. Spreading of toxin

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  • In some cases, you may also experience problems in your breathing, have problems speaking or in swallowing, or feel weakness in your muscles and partial paralysis.
  • This is a very serious side effect, so it is important that you report it to the doctor immediately.
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    The Botox that you inject is a type of poison that can cause a symptom that is similar to that of botulism.
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    You will require immediate medical help to take care of this.

6. Difficulty in nearby areas

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  • In some cases, Botox can cause temporary problems in surrounding areas where you have received the injection.
  • This can take a few days to get better and in most cases, you will not require any further medication or treatment.
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    This happens because Botox can often spread a little from the area where it is injected and may also pass around to the nearby tissues and muscles, causing some interference in the way that they function.
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    Your doctor will check the area that is affected and will suggest you how to go about it.

Can botox symptoms last so long that they cause further, more serious complications in a patient?

If not treated in time, Botox side effects can also lead to permanent paralysis, disfigurement and can, in some cases, also turn fatal, so it is important to discuss any side effect with your doctor, no matter how small it may seem.


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