What are the possible side effects?
Botulinum Toxin has been used for many years in appearance medicine for cosmetic purposes and has an excellent safety profile.
However, like any medicines, there are risks and benefits that you may wish to consider before you consent to treatment.
Common Side Effects Include:
Redness, swelling, bruising or tenderness at the injection site for 24hrs post-treatment.
Rarely: A prolonged headache, flu-like symptoms, pain, itching, or pins and needles, nausea, and infection at the injection site
Rarely: small amounts of your botulinum toxin can migrate into nearby muscles – this can cause unwanted muscle weakness which manifests differently depending on the area which has been treated, these side effects are always temporary and wear off over 2-8 weeks.
Drooping (ptosis of the upper eyelid) Lowering of the brow, swelling of the eyelids, double vision, dry eyes,
Drooping of the lip difficulty whistling or drinking through a straw alteration in speech dribbling from the corner of the mouth
Masseter Muscle: Weakened chewing or jaw opening It’s important to note that this is uncommon, always temporary and wears off over 2-8 weeks.
Underarms: In the amounts used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection such as redness or small bruises at the injection site. The most common side effects for primary hyperhidrosis are a perceived increase in sweating in areas other than the underarms, pain at the injection site, pain, hot flushes, and transient arm weakness. If you have any questions about side effects, please ask your doctor.
Do not hesitate to phone the clinic if you have any questions or experience any of these symptoms.