Our goal is always to make you look completely natural and not “frozen”. The most common effect is a small bruise. A “Spock effect” which means one eyebrow goes up more than the other, is the next most common and is easily corrected with an additional small amount of Botox injected above the elevated brow.
Much less common is a drooping brow or eyelid, or double vision. These conditions are extremely uncommon and occur only if Botox migrates to nearby tissues. We inject very carefully and dilute our Botox minimally to avoid migration. If it does occur, it is temporary, although we will do whatever we can (prescription eye drops, additional procedures to attempt correction).
Botox may also cause a headache, which occurs because other muscles try to compensate for the muscles that have relaxed. A severe headache may persist up to 2 weeks after Botox injections, but this is very rare.
Treatments given too early (less than 3 months) may reduce the effectiveness of Botox.
Botox has been used safely since 1998 to treat muscle diseases of the eyes and voice box, headaches, stomach spasm, and other neuromuscular diseases. Botox is approved by the FDA for the cosmetic treatment of brow wrinkles, excessive sweating of the underarms, and certain muscular disorders of the neck, eyes, and eyelids.
Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your medical provider and cosmetic coordinator.