Your Symptoms Are Probably Not Related
There are quite a few patients who have asked on RealSelf
if flu-like symptoms are a side effect of BOTOX. While the timing may suggest
otherwise, BOTOX does not cause these types of symptoms. The most common side
effects are swelling, bruising, and redness in the treatment area. The small
amount of BOTOX injected during cosmetic treatments remains localized in the
vast majority of cases. It is fine to treat any flu-like symptoms you experience.
If they persist, I recommend that you see your primary care physician. Best
It is highly unlikely that your flu symptoms are related to your Botox injections.
It is highly unlikely that your flu symptoms are related to your Botox injections. It is far more likely that you simply happened to coincidentally get sick following your injections. I would recommend visiting your family doctor for a checkup to see what’s wrong and how to manage it.
I would say that it is very unlikely that these symptoms are related to a standard Botox injection. It is more likely that this is a coincidence. You may be actually getting sick with the flu, so I would follow up with this to a primary care doctor.
Thanks for your question. This is a question that we
get asked often by our patients. The most common SIDE-EFFECTS of toxin
injections include: Swelling, Redness, and Bruising at the site of injection. Complications
are rare and only temporary, but may include paralysis of other nearby
muscles, temporary eyelid ptosis (dropping of eyelids, 2% risk, lasts 2-3
weeks), temporary brow ptosis (dropping of eyebrows, 2% risk, lasts 2-3 weeks),
cross-eyes, ectropion or edema of the lower eyelid, dry eyes, double vision,
transient headaches (10%), local numbness (lasting 2-3 weeks), flu-like
symptoms, rash at the injection site, pain at the injection site, infections,
and bruising (need to avoid blood thinning medications). Cold compresses
may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling only if needed. This
may be applied for 3 minutes, 3 times per day, for up to 3 days. This is best
done with a bag of peas in a zip lock bag. Only apply light pressure to the
area. Only take Tylenol if you get a headache or migraine.
This is a legitimate question although I have not experienced it in my practice. I would see a physician about the flu like symptoms because I don't think it is related to the Botox.
Thank you for your questions. These are not typically symptoms that one develops after injections. I'd recommend booking an appointment with your physician.
Flu like symptoms after cosmetic Botox injection. Any suggestions?
It is purely coincidental that you developed the flu after receiving Botox. The symptoms you developed including fevers, muscle aches, and fatigue are not associated with Botox. I'd recommend you see your physician to be evaluated for the flu and receive any appropriate treatment if needed.
I hope this helps and good luck.
I would put this in the category of a red herring-two events occurring coincidentally but are not related. Hopefully the Botox works great for you and after calling my mother, she feels strongly in the positive effects of chicken soup for your other symptoms.
There is no known relationship between getting Boyox and then developing the flu. This is coincidental and the flu will run it's course regardless of the Botox injection.
Botox and Flu-like Symptoms
I would have the flu evaluated by your internists. There have been cases of flu-like symptoms reported with Botox injections but these are typically with patients who have large doses injected for non-cosmetic reasons. Best, Dr. Green