Negative Effects After Botox for Frownlines. Numbness, Dizziness, Sensitivity; Normal?

I have numbness, dizzines, sensitivity to touch from my forhead to my crown after having botox injected into my forehead. I'm also having anxiety that comes and goes once or twice a day. Some nausea and fatique. It seems somewhat better when I lay down. I'm scared and don't know what to do or expect. Can anyone help?

Doctor Answers 3

Dizziness after Botox

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Dizziness is an uncommon but known side effect from a Botox treatment. The symptoms should resolve within a few days to a week. If the symptoms do not resolve after two weeks, I would suggest that you see your physician in follow up.

Numbness should not be caused by botox

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these vague symptoms may not be related to the botox although some of them might if the botox had been injected a day or few before the symptoms occurred.  Numbness is not expected from Botox but if a nerve in the forehead were irritated by the injection, then there may be a neuralgia which can transmit pain to the upper forehead and forward half of the scalp on that side (it would be doubtful to have it on both sides) and there might be some numbness too from such a mechanical trauma.  Often this spontaneously resolves. On the other hand, since you have such a number of symptoms you should see a neurologist.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Could be anxiety.

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Botox can cause systemic side effects but these are relatively uncommon.  An anxiety reaction is probably more common.  You did not say when your injection was or how much treatment you received.  I recommend discussing these feelings with your injector.  Generally they do pass.  On the other hand, you might decide the risk of these side effect are not worth the clinical benefit of the treatment.  

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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