Botulinum A Toxin (Botox) injection has been FDA approved for use in the cosmetic treatment for glabellar frown lines only – the wrinkles between the eyebrows. While Botulinum Type B is not FDA approved for cosmetic treatment it works the same as Botulinum Type B. Botulinum Type B is approved by the FDA for spasmodic torticollis and other medical treatments.
Injection into the small muscles between the brows causes those specific muscles to halt their function (be paralyzed), thereby improving the appearance of the wrinkles. The goal is to decrease the wrinkles in the treated area. This paralysis is temporary, and re-injection is necessary within three to four months.
The possible side effects of Botox/ Dysport/Myobloc include but are not limited to:
- Risks: Swelling, rash, headache, local numbness, pain at the injection site, bruising, respiratory problems, and allergic reaction.
- Infection: Infections can occur which in most cases are easily treatable but in rare cases a permanent scarring in the area can occur.
- Most people have lightly swollen pinkish bumps where the injections went in, for a couple of hours or even several days.
- Although many people with chronic headaches or migraines often get relief from Botox/Dysport/Myobloc, a small percent of patients get headaches following treatment with Botox/Dysport/Myobloc, for the first day. In a very small percentage of patients these headaches can persist for several days or weeks.
- Local numbness, rash, pain at the injection site, flu like symptoms with mild fever, back pain.
- Respiratory problems such as bronchitis or sinusitis, nausea, dizziness, and tightness or irritation of the skin.
- Bruising is possible anytime you inject a needle into the skin. This bruising can last for several
hours, days, weeks, months and in rare cases the effect of bruising could be permanent.
- While local weakness of the injected muscles is representative of the expected pharmacological action of Botox/Dysport/Myobloc, weakness of adjacent muscles may occur as a result of the spread of the toxin.
- Treatments: I understand more than one injection may be needed to achieve a satisfactory result.
- Another risk when injecting Botox/Dysport/Myobloc around the eyes included corneal exposure because people may not be able to blink the eyelids as often as they should to protect the eye. This inability to protect the eye has been associated with damage to the eye as impaired vision, or double vision, which is usually temporary. This reduced blinking has been associated with corneal ulcerations. There are medications that can help lift the eyelid, however, if the drooping is too great the eye drops are not that effective. These side effects can last for several weeks or longer. This occurs in 2-5 percent of patients.
As Botox/Dysport/Myobloc is not an exact science, there might be an uneven appearance of the face with some muscles more affected by the Botox/Dysport/Myobloc than others. In most cases this uneven appearance can be corrected by injecting Botox in the same or nearby muscles. However in some cases this uneven appearance can persist for several weeks or months.
This list is not meant to be inclusive of all possible risks associated with Botox/Dysport/Myobloc as there are both known and unknown side effects associated with any medication or procedure.
Botox/Dysport/Myobloc should not be administered to a pregnant or nursing woman.
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