Wrinkles? Migraines? Botox can Help, but is it too Risky?

Botox can help people improve their appearance and their lives, but there are some risks involved. How severe are they, and can you avoid them?

Botox injections are extremely common cosmetic procedures, but they are also used for certain medical conditions. They are a popular alternative to surgery because of their safe effectiveness. In addition to improving skin conditions that result from aging, people choose Botox to relieve chronic migraines, excessive sweating, cervical dystonia, and even lazy eye.

While Botox itself is a naturally-occurring substance, you need to know what risks are involved before agreeing to any procedure. So what are the dangers associated with these treatments, and how can you reduce them?

Most common

When performed correctly, the side effects of Botox are minimal. As with any sort of injection, patients can experience swelling or bruising at the injection site. Headaches or flu-like symptoms may also occur. These are natural bodily reactions that are also common in non-invasive therapies like massage. They typically subside within 24 hours.


If the injection is not placed properly, you risk experiencing some of the effects you may have heard horror stories about, especially when Botox was first introduced. These include: eyelid droop, crooked smile, crooked eyebrows, or dry eye/excessive tearing. It is possible to experience some of these, too, if you rub or massage the injection site before the substance has been fully absorbed. These effects are temporary, and again, the result of inaccuracy.


As with most procedures, there are worst-case scenarios. These effects are extremely rare and avoidable so long as you have a thorough conversation with your carefully-chosen practitioner. If the botulinum spreads to other parts of the body, it can cause botulism-like signs and symptoms. These are reasons to call your doctor immediately: muscle weakness over the whole body, vision problems, trouble speaking or swallowing, trouble breathing, loss of bladder control.

Ensuring a safe treatment

Again, the most severe effects are rare. Your best protection against any adverse effects of Botox is to choose a qualified practitioner, have a thorough consultation, and follow any advice he or she gives you.

If you’re ready to discuss the benefits that Botox or dermal fillers can bring you, make an appointment with Urban Retreat. Our owner and Botox administrator, Suzanne, is medical professional with 8 years of experience. She is meticulous and passionate about helping people improve their lives. Take your first step towards a happier life: 952-974-7858 or contact@urbanretratmn.com.