Side Effects of Botox Injections (Top 3 NEGATIVE Symptoms)
Botox treatment truly has an unparalleled ability to “remove” wrinkles and make the skin look younger. There are few anti-wrinkle products on the market that are better than Botox when it comes to making a noticeable difference in your skin. However, the effects of Botox are only temporary. Plenty of plastic surgeons have patients who come in for Botox injections regularly — that’s the only way the result will last.
Even with all of its popularity, too much Botox can be really harmful to your body. Botox injections may be effective, but they aren’t the safest choice for regular skin care and beauty maintenance.
How Safe is Botox, Really?
Before we can begin to unpack the risks of Botox, we need to have a decent understanding of what it is.
What is Botox made of? The name alone, “botox”, is short for its scientific name, botulinum toxin type A. “Toxin” is a scary word, but the Botox injections we use as a cosmetic skin care tool is not the raw and potentially toxic form of the chemical. Still, the dangers of Botox can be linked to trace amounts of toxins.
What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
Botox toxins, as small as the amount may be, can sometimes be enough to hurt you. There are still enough poisonous elements in the typical plastic surgeon’s Botox injection formula to be dangerous if it spreads beyond the intended area.
About 12% of all Botox treatment patients experience this, while another 3-10% experience moderate to severe side effects.
1. Upper Respiratory Infection
One of the most often reported side effects of Botox use is an upper respiratory infection — likely a remnant of the effects the pure Botox toxins had on the body. Upper respiratory infection caused by Botox injections is usually accompanied by hypertonia, back pain, dizziness, violent coughing fits, and rhinitis.
General fatigue or weakness is also associated with this particular side effect of Botox, usually, because the Botox toxin is interacting with parts of the body outside of the intended area.
2. Excessive Underarm Sweating
Unsuccessful Botox treatment has also been linked to causing excessively sweaty armpits, known medically as axillary hyperhidrosis. This inconvenient yet seemingly harmless side effect of Botox has serious risks, like the increased risk of infection at the Botox injection site or the possibility of a hemorrhage.
Other signs of axillary hyperhidrosis brought upon by Botox treatment include flu-like symptoms, headaches, dizziness, pharyngitis, and general pain, especially in the neck.
3. Compromised Immune System
If the Botox toxins are not sufficiently diluted in the Botox injection formula, the patient might exhibit signs of being injected with botulinum toxin. In fact, some studies suggest that many of the side effects of Botox injections are caused by the body developing an immune system response to the treatment.
Essentially, the body fights off the biological effects of Botox (something it is unable to do if the Botox treatment were at full strength) and prevents it from doing what it is supposed to do. While there is no data yet on just how this causes the negative side effects of Botox, it has been linked as the primary cause of the problem.
There are some indications that the closer the Botox treatment formula is to its toxic origins, the lower the chances of a successful immune response — of course, bringing on a new set of potential hazards.
Is Botox Worth It?
Botox reactions vary by person, so it’s up to you to do the research and make a decision for yourself. If you’re interested in Botox injections, talk to your primary care doctor about the negative side effects of Botox and how likely you are to experience them.