What are the Long-Term Effects of Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved low-risk treatment with an excellent safety record. If you continue to work with a reputable and experienced injector, you are unlikely to experience any negative effects from long-term use of BOTOX. Immediate side effects of injections may be flu-like symptoms that are accompanied by nausea and headaches. If you are a Botox enthusiast, your muscles will weaken and you may not need as much over time.

Think about it when your muscles are “trained” not to move. This will also prevent wrinkles and help with the aging process. Years of using Botox may mean you'll need less and less maintenance over time. After years of using Botox, some patients notice visible thinning in the affected areas.

This may be a side effect of starting Botox “too soon”, causing the skin on the forehead to become prematurely thinner. And if you notice thinning of the forehead and it continues, it is possible that your eyebrows and eyelids will start to look heavy. Ask your Botox professional about your risk for this side effect before you try Botox. And as always, making sure you apply sunscreen daily will also help. After repeated use, Botox can also make the skin appear thinner.

In an interview with Byrdie, Dr. Patricia Wexler, MD, dermatological surgeon, said that while this is not typical, if you start using Botox at age 20, there might be a higher chance of this happening to you. Not likely, but it can happen. The 1990 National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference included botulinum toxin as a safe and effective therapy for the treatment of adductor spasmodic dysphonia, oromandibular dystonia and cervical dystonia. Multiple injections of lower doses of botulinum toxin appear to play a role in achieving a successful outcome and preventing systemic side effects.

This manifestation may be an effect of disturbances between botulinum toxin and nerve endings in areas of the skin rich in nerves. Aesthetic and functional adverse effects are associated with different muscle responses to botulinum toxin or with botulinum toxin misplacement. While randomized controlled trials may provide data on the safety of botulinum toxin, they do not actually report serious or long-term adverse events of botulinum toxin. The therapeutic use of botulinum toxin was introduced about two centuries ago, when Justinus Andreas Christian Kerner recognized the effect of botulinum toxin on skeletal muscles and parasympathetic function. There are some possible interactions between botulinum toxin and the drug that can modify the final effect of injections and cause unexpected complications.

However, widespread diffusion of botulinum toxin is possible especially after long-term therapeutic or cosmetic use. Whether you're using Botox long-term for its anti-aging qualities or for one of the many other uses doctors may sometimes recommend, there are some surprising long-term side effects of Botox that you should be aware of that are different from the short-term side effects you may have heard about in the past. The first investigated the effect of remote diffusion of botulinum toxin in a cohort of 187 patients who received 266 injections of botulinum toxin for the treatment of spasticity. Long-term safety data indicate that the toxic effects of botulinum toxin may appear in the tenth or eleventh injection, following uncomplicated previous injections. In addition to complications at the injection site, there is a group of aesthetic and functional adverse effects associated with different muscle responses to botulinum toxin or with misplacement of botulinum toxin. Preventive methods for bruises include applying ice to the site before injection, causing vasoconstrictive effects, and also making sure that the patient is not taking any blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin or aspirin, and that he does not have any underlying clotting problems. But how does Botox work? And are there any long-term effects that should be considered before making such an appointment? Read on to learn about the positive (and not so good) long-term effects of Botox.

These side effects should be discussed immediately with a doctor, as they can lead to permanent vision loss and eye problems. This is not common, but Wexler says that patients who start Botox too early, such as age 20, may be at risk for this side effect.

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