Negatives to Botox
I had gotten Botox twice before. The first time, I...
- 3 Feb 2009
I had gotten Botox twice before. The first time, I felt my Dermatologist used a bit too much as I had droopy eyelids, but was amazed at how my wrinkles on my forehead virtually disappeared. The second time, my Dermatologist used less Botox. It didn't last as long, but I had no drooping at all, with noticeable results.
My third time, I'd gone to a different Doctor who, like the first time, used too much, way too much. My side effects were much more intense as a result. My sinuses swelled up, my forehead felt very heavy, my eyelids drooped, my right eye had slightly blurred vision, I also had flu-like symptoms (queasy, fatigue, achy), bruising, and worst of all panic attacks!
This lasted for weeks. I was in the Emergency Department twice. The first time was Day three after my injections, which is about when Botox takes full effect. I had a feeling of doom come over me that I couldn't shake. It's strange to not be able to move your forehead at all after going throughout your life taking it for granted (The blurry vision was bad too). Palpitations started, shortness of breath, & increased blood pressure. I felt a tightness around my diaphragm/upper abdomen.
My Family Practice Doctor diagnosed me with a sinus infection and anxiety. Antibiotics seemed to help, but side effects from them caused more problems, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My second ER trip was from work as I suddenly had an increase in heartrate and blood pressure and shortness of breath, as well as tingling in the arms and hands.
I had one more episode outside the ER visits where I was able to calm myself down. I keep my Xanax handy just in case. It has been about 7 weeks now and I'm finally starting to feel more normal. My wrinkles are also starting to show again.
Botox is simply not worth the price. The only pro about it is that people don't believe me when I tell them how old I am. I only hope that my eyesight is not permanently damaged.
Didn't listen to me when I said not to use too much. Hit my nerve during injection. Bruising.