Heading into my third week since forehead injected with 15 units of botox for frown lines. My left eye is almost shut, right eye socket feels tight, vision in hindered. Headaches are every day. Forehead has unusual sensations.....feeling very tight. I took 5 sick days this week at work in hopes that next week will be better. I have returned to the skin clinic twice. They have said that sometimes this happens.....1%. My life has been turned upside down. Isn't 15 units a small amount?
Severe Botox Side Effects
Doctor Answers (7)
Botox Side Effects
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, some side effects can include flu-like symptoms with Botox, which is very rare. There is an eye drop you can use for your eyes to help with the shut eye. You can take Tylenol for headaches. If your symptoms worsen, go to the ER. Be sure to always get treated under the supervision of a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for best and safest results. I hope this helps.
Botox and severe side effects
Without seeing you in person and making a thorough assessment, it sounds like you need to see your PCP to determine what could be going on. 15 units is not a lot, but in your forehead muscle, it's a good amount.
Unusual Response to Botox
I would recommend seeing another physician for a "second opinion" just to make sure you haven't had something else causing these symptoms, such as an infection known as "Bell's Palsy" or a neurological concern. This is an incredibly rare response to Botox.
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It sounds like you had the glabella area treated for concerns of "11" lines. I am not sure why this happened to you. It is unusual.
Severe Botox side effects
I'm very sorry you are going through this. I must tell you I've injected tens of thousands of patients and I haven't seen something like this. Yes, 15 units is absolutely a small amount and there is no way even 1% of people have this issue after Botox. Were you treated at a reputable physician's office? The reason I ask is that there are a lot of "gray" and "black market" injectables around. Even though reputable physicians wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole, other less ethical places may. I would definitely ask for the lot number of your vial (if the office doesn't have this, that's a sign it's less than reputable!) and report your effects to Allergan adverse reaction team at (800) 433-8871.
Botox and side effects
The good news is that the side effects from Botox are temporary. The headaches are usually short lived. If you have an eyelid/eyebrow ptosis (droop), this also wears off. I would ask your doctor about an eyedrop called Iopidine, which can temporarily help with the ptosis until it resolves. I would also make sure that you are seeing a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is familiar with the possible side effects of Botox and how to best treat them . I hope this helps. Lana Long, M.D.
Botox complications unusual
Andrew C. Campbell, M.D.
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon