I have received botox injections quarterly for several years. Recently, I've not felt right--headachy (never happened before)and feel a little dazed, not as sharp as usual; could the recent injections have caused me harm?
Can Botox Injected into the Forehead Go Through and Get into the Bloodstream?
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Botox for forehead
Botox Cosmetic injections Forehead in Blood & Headache
Venus2195 in Venus,
As other Botox specialists have stated, Botox Cosmetic can theoretically enter the bloodstream after treatment injections. Botox is placed in the facial muscles to reduce wrinkles and considered safe by the FDA. However, one may occasionally have systemic reactions such as headache or flu-like symptoms, which are typically temporary. Speak with your Botox provider regarding any concerns you may have. Best of luck.
BOTOX in blood stream is extremely rare
Theoretically, if you inject BOTOX into a blood vessel in the forehead, it can show up in the blood, but that’s extremely rare.
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Botox stays at the site of injection
When approving Botox treatments for chronic migraine, the FDA hast stated, that treatment with Botox for cosmetic uses or for excessive sweating is safe.
Botox should not cause long term systemic side effects
When symptoms have been attributed, extremely rarely, to systemic effects, from possible circulatory absorption, the flu-like symptoms or headache these symptoms seemed to resolve after a couple or few days, not much longer. Again, this is very rare. It certainly is not an allergic reaction and you can have further treatments when this one wears off if you're comfortable with that option.
Botox side effects
It is very unlikely the botox gets into the general circulation. Even if it does, only a small amount can get there when injected from the forehead and it should not have any systemic effects. It is possible to get a headache from the injection and there have been some isolated reports of flu-like symptoms but those usually go away after several weeks. I would check back with your treating physician to express your concerns.
Botox injected into the blood stream
What anything is possible, it is not probable. Most likely the needle irritated a sensory nerve in your forehead which may give you temporary discomfort. If your symptoms do not improve, you should see the advice of your doctor as it may just be coincidental and have nothing to do with the Botox at all.
Injection of Botox
While it is certainly possible for Botox to have been injected into a small vessel, the likelihood of it causing any problems is minimal.
Botox Should Not Cause You to Feel Dazed
Although it is possible for a small amount of Botox to get into your bloodstream, it should not cause you to feel less sharp or dazed. Common side-effects include headache, bruising or drooping of the brow. If you continue to have this problem I recommend you consult with your internist or family physician.
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