Most clients find botulinum toxin injections to be relatively painless and straightforward.
A small minority of clients choose to have a topical numbing cream applied to the area 20-30 minutes prior to the treatment. If you feel you have a low pain threshold, be sure to put this on your medical history form, so your practitioner can apply the cream early in your consultation.
Some side effects include:
- Temporary bleeding/bruising
- Mild swelling
- Post-treatment headache
More serious side effects can occur for treatment of other areas (e.g. double vision, drooping lip, difficulty swallowing or breathing, change of voice or difficulty pronouncing some words.
This list is not exhaustive and you should consult your practitioner if you are concerned in any way.
DO NOT have botulinum toxin injections if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are trying to get pregnant
You also need to let your practitioner know if:
- You have a muscular disease (e.g. Bell's Palsy)
- You have any blood or nervous system disorders
- You are taking any medications which affect blood clotting
- You are taking any medicines
- You have any psychological concerns