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What Side Effects Are Possible With BOTOX Injections?

As we grow older, especially entering into our late 30s or 40s, the signs of aging skin begin to creep in. If you have thought about trying temporary injectables, you are not alone. Every year, millions of people in this country choose dermal fillers, BOTOX®, or both to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and turn back the hands of time. BOTOX has become wildly popular in the last decade for providing smooth, more youthful-looking skin around the eyes or forehead area for women, and now even more men. Nonsurgical treatments, like injectable wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers, provide stunning, temporary results that require no downtime. However, a common question often asked is, "What are the side effects of BOTOX?"

It is essential for every patient to feel comfortable before their injectable appointment. The experienced team at JEM Medspa, with two convenient Chicago-area locations in Elmhurst or Orland Park, IL, are here to help. Read on to learn more about this popular cosmetic injectable for Chicago-area patients and what are the side effects of BOTOX to be on the lookout for, so you can be better prepared.

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX is a neurotoxin that can treat and diminish wrinkles on your upper face, including wrinkles around your eyes (known as "Crow's feet"), forehead lines, and those pesky "11" lines between the brows. It is a wrinkle relaxer derived from a purified strain of botulinum toxin type A that once injected blocks nerve signals sent to facial muscles used when we express ourselves. Targeted muscles and underlying tissues are unable to contract or tighten, making it challenging to perform repetitive movements that cause dynamic wrinkles, such as frowning, squinting, or furrowing the brow. It lessens the formation of fine lines or wrinkles when smiling, frowning, or squinting. Patients visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by limiting certain facial expressions (lifting the eyebrows high or deep frowning). In the Chicago, IL area, women and men of all ages get BOTOX year-round.

What are the side effects of BOTOX?

BOTOX injections temporarily relax the targeted facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles around the eyes or on the forehead area. It should always be administered by an experienced, qualified injector, or trained medical professional. Although BOTOX injections are safe, some side effects are possible but usually temporary, lasting about 3 – 5 days. In extremely rare cases, some patients may have a more severe allergic reaction and should call a medical professional or their injector immediately. Possible side effects from BOTOX injections are:

  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Painful swelling or bruising at the injection site

How long does BOTOX last?

BOTOX can deliver subtle, natural-looking results that generally last about 3 – 6 months. Following your appointment, you can go about your day, aside from avoiding strenuous activities or exercise for about 24 hours. Patients will begin to see visible results in about 5 – 7 days. Our experts at both locations in Elmhurst and Orland Park, IL can suggest options to help patients look smoother and softer without the visible signs of fine lines and wrinkles, and even incorporate dermal fillers overall rejuvenating experience. The critical part of this temporary anti-aging solution is finding the right qualified injector to perform it. JEM Medspa has a team of qualified, skilled injectors helping patients in the Chicago area who wants to look younger and more rejuvenated with BOTOX's power. So, when can you start? Whenever you wish, by contacting our office today.

The excellent news about BOTOX is a consultation and treatment session can take place on the same day. Upon arrival, one of our JEM Medspa experts will discuss any areas of concern, review a patient's personal medical history, and discuss potential BOTOX injection sites to achieve optimal results. Our mission is to make patients feel completely comfortable during the appointment and leave feeling eager to see their results to shape.

If you are considering BOTOX or other injectables for the first time, you may have more questions about what to expect. At JEM Medspa, we care about our patients and want them to be fully informed about how their treatment or procedure will achieve their aesthetic goal. With two locations in Orland Park and Elmhurst, IL, our premier medical spa is an industry leader in the Chicago area, helping patients get natural-looking, excellent results. Contact one of our team members and schedule your BOTOX appointment today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.