Botox Side Effects

Botox is an effective treatment for smoothing lines and wrinkles on the face. A non-surgical option with very little downtime, Botox is used to treat a number of age-related facial issues, including horizontal lines on the forehead, vertical lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, smoker’s lines around the mouth, and vertical and horizontal lines on the neck.

 While side effects from this injectable “toxin” are rare, it’s still a very good idea to have a working knowledge of such effects. The Kopelson Clinic offers some of the best Botox treatments in Los Angeles, with the clinic’s dermatologists more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Let’s review of some of the potential side effects of Botox:


Bruising at injection sites is common, especially if you regularly take blood-thinning medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen. For best results, stop taking these pills at least two weeks before your treatment, and be sure to tell your Los Angeles dermatologist about any other medications and supplements you’re taking. Some supplements, such as fish oil, thin the blood as well.

Other Common Side Effects

Additional common side effects of Botox include droopy eyelids, nausea, facial pain, muscle weakness, heartburn or indigestion, eyelid swelling, high blood pressure, and tooth problems. Eye dryness is also possible.

Rare Side Effects 

Rare side effects from Botox injections include cornea irritation, decreased blinking, and eyelid swelling. Skin rash, body aches, blurred vision, breathing difficulty, headache, nervousness, double vision, tightness in the chest, and wheezing are also rare side effects.

Avoiding Side Effects 

Don’t panic over the above side effects, as even the more common ones aren’t likely to occur. The best way to ensure the least amount of side effects is to make certain you’re a Botox candidate, and to work with reputable dermatologists who don’t “water down” their injections. While watered-down Botox injections such as those found at spas are less expensive, they also significantly increase the risk of complications.

Get your Botox injections done at The Kopelson Clinic and know you’re working with the best!

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