Tightness, Heavy Head 24 Hours After Botox

My Head is Starting to Feel Tight and Heavy 24hours After Botox to Forehead and Frown Line. What's happening?

Doctor Answers 3

"Heavy Head" after Botox

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Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles of the face where it is injected, so that they can't cause lines and wrinkles. Often times, the injections and the product itself can cause sensations that you may not be used to and it can feel quite bizarre. Rest assured that this is completely normal and many people may feel that their face and head feel odd after the procedure. Hang in there and it will likely resolve itself soon. 

New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Tightness After Botox

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Hi Mummy.  We have heard this before from our patients as well.  A feeling of "tightness" especially in the forehead area.  It seems counterintuitive because we are actually relaxing the muscles, but we do hear patients refer to a sensation of tightness regularly.

As for the "heavy" sensation, we have not heard this often, but we would not be alarmed by it.  You should get used to the feeling of getting Botox injected over time.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What to expect after Botox injections

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It is not uncommon for patients to have these sensations after Botox injections.  The area may feel tight and heavy and their may be various explanations for this.  Most patients get "used to it" or the sensation goes away.  Keep in mind that Botox is a liquid injected into muscles and therefore may contribute to the tightness or heavyness you feel.  As long as everything else is fine, do not worry.  Otherwise contact your doctor.

Albert Dabbah, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon

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