May 19

Botox Side Effects – Are You At Risk?


Botox Side Effects – Are You At Risk?

Botox side effects are fairly obscure. Rarely do you hear about any negative Botox side effects. Since Botox is being used to enhance youth and beauty, you would not expect that Botox could make you appear like you have had a stroke.

If you hear about any Botox side effects, doctors are quick to say these are rare occurrences and in the hands of qualified physicians, there would be no Botox side effects at all. That is partially untrue. Training to inject into a muscle is very important, however, I have seen Botox side effects from the best plastic surgeons. A doctor can never know exactly how each individual body will respond.

The Botox side effects usually do not last long and women are willing to put up with them to reduce the appearance of aging. But are the Botox side effects as harmless as people think? Are the few weeks of side effects truly harmless or is there more going on under the surface that we cannot see?

Botox has been used to great advantage by neuroscientists and physicians to correct afflictions. In fact, Botox was originally being used to treat crossed eyes in the 1970’s until an opthalmologist observed an interesting side effect.  The wrinkles around the patient’s eyes began to smooth out.

Most people are aware that Botox is the protein Botulinum Toxin Type A, produced from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox will “freeze” muscles by interrupting the signals of the nervous system. Botox prevents muscles from working through this manner. There is a concern that Botox travels through the nervous system in minute amounts.

In studies on the brain, Botox was shown to travel to different areas of the brain and still show presence in the brain for up to 6 months. Neuroscientists have discovered that Botox can diminish experiencing emotion.  This sounds a little like an anti-depressant.  Some Botox side effects can cause respiratory distress, temporary headaches, and muscle drooping and puffiness, most notably around the eyes.

Botox side effectsEye drooping, known as blepharoptosis, can appear in several hours to several days after the injections. Effects can last a few weeks to several months and can hinder your vision. Some patients that have experienced Botox side effects say they are dealing with permanent eye drooping, change in vision, and puffiness. However, physicians that administer Botox in their clinics are quick to point out they have never heard of any permanent cases of Botox side effects. People suffering from Botox side effects are speaking out and warning people not to have Botox injected.

Botox side effects causing eye problems come from the Botox leaking into the muscles surrounding the eye or into the eye itself. Dry eye after Botox is being reported more often. If Botox leaks down into the eye, your cornnea or tear ducts could become permanently damaged. There are some Opthalmologists that caution against the use of Botox. They report that all it could take to permanently damage the eye is one bad Botox experience.

The eye is very delicate and made up of many nerves which could be damaged by Botox. Opthalmologists that are against injections done in non-FDA approved areas of the face caution people that if they have had any Botox side effects, such as eye drooping, puffiness, headaches, or vision changes, then they should not have Botox done again. It appears that some people have a higher propensity for Botox to migrate from the injection site causing damage that ranges from temporary to permanent.

A few quick liver cleanses can help droopy eyes caused from the Botox side effects return to normal.  It could be that the Botulinum Toxin is processed in the liver.  Once that is cleared, the body begins to metabolize and clear the side effects caused by leaking Botox.

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  18. Thank you so much Kelly Colby!!!
    How often go Botox injections become dangerous?
    Is Botox treatment worth the risk?

  19. Greatings, This is a really good artical. This helped me. I hope it help my ED.


    1. Hi Bernie.

      Just stick with it and you will begin to see the results. I am glad the information helped you.

    1. You’re welcome. I am glad that my blog is helping you. Blogs are great. I read so many other’s blogs, and it is inspiring that we have such a venue to teach and let the world know our thoughts. I really believe it opens the doors for readers to being able to see life in a whole new way. Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog.

  20. My name is Sandra and i would like to show you my personal experience with Botox.
    I have suffered with migraines and neck pain for many years. Botox has given me my life back. I have arthritis in my neck and Botox is the ONLY thing that has given me relief.
    I hope this information will be useful to others,

    1. Hi Sandra.

      I am glad that you found a way to not be in pain again. I understand what that is worth. Botox has helped many people when used medically. Like I stated in the article, Botox was originally used to treat cross eyes. That was a lifesaver to many. And pain. Botox has been used successfully to treat people that have migraines because it goes in and prevents the neurons from firing the signal of pain. I have had migraines and I know how debilitating they can be. Mine start when I was little and lasted until early adulthood. I would have the blackout migraines where my vision would literally go black. I could not function. But again, migraines and even neck pain (neck pain is liver/gallbladder related) is caused from an internal imbalance. The body is not functioning as it should. Your body cannot speak like we do. The body’s language is pain. The pain is alerting you there is something going on that must be looked at and corrected.

      Medical use of Botox is very different from cosmetic use of Botox. With medical use, like all medical drugs, the doctor and patient are aware of side effects and willing to risk them. With a cosmetic procedure, many people are unaware of the true risks that can be associated with a beauty procedure. We live in a world where image is everything and that’s how we grow up. How we, and others, view us is very much tied to our image. I understand that. I get up, do my hair, put make-up on, work out, and wear clothes that make me feel good because when I feel my image is good, then I feel good. At the age of 37, I went to have Invisaline to straighten my teeth. I basically have clear plastic adult braces for teeth that are not that crooked. I understand how important image is to us all.

      What is someone’s cure is another’s poison. My blog is not about telling people WHAT they should do, it is about informing them about things they may not know, so they can make an informed choice. This is how I raised my kids. It doesn’t matter if they did something bad or good, as long as they knew exactly what they were doing and they made the choice. If they did something bad, then they were ready to accept the consequences of their actions and not be a victim to circumstance/backlash. This has set them on the road to success and even when something negative happens, they can turn it into a positive.

      Thank you for letting us know about your positive experiences with the medical use of Botox.

      1. first time ever after many years of botox i have a droopy lid and now back of neck stiff with pain. What liver cleanse do you recommend to alleviate. eye drooped after three days one week later no improvement . When can i expect improvement and is it slowly or all of a sudden?

        1. Hi. I would suggest 3 liver cleanses (3/4 c olive oil and 1 cup grapefruit juice at 10:00 pm) in a row and it will dramatically improve your eye. In TCM the eyes and liver are related.

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    1. I think with many things, like stem cells, we are seeing new results as more therapies, modalities, and drugs are explored beyond the previous scope.

      My first inclination would not be to use Botox or something else to cure baldness, it would be to find out in the body what is lacking or stressed to cause baldness. Usually there are a few main things to look at; kidney/adrenal (including sexual organs) stress and lack of sufficient minerals. The body works on a hierarchy system. Your hair is viewed as dispensable by the body. The body will funnel it’s focus to the organs that need energy and nourishment and away from things that are not life threatening; ie keeping hair healthy or keeping it at all.

      Even if baldness is hereditary, there is something that can be done. Internal weaknesses can be inherited, but also fixed if you pin-point them. If your dad was bald and now you are showing the signs of losing hair, your body would probably show the same deficiencies as your father. You grew up eating the same way and in the same environment; with many of the same stressors (that you inherited by default). Those first years and up to puberty are so important to set the stage for our own personal mineral reserves.

      We are a fast food society, we want things now. Correcting imbalances does not happen overnight. But the true path to health, wealth, and happiness requires inner personal balance; including how efficient our system runs. If your body has to compensate in certain areas, this will be reflected in your life, somewhere and somehow there is an area you are really struggling with. The monkey on your back. I cannot stress the importance of finding the internal core issue. It literally could be the difference between a long healthy life and long very unhealthy and unproductive life.

  22. I found this interesting… May 2010, the maker of Botox was ordered to pay 15 million dollars for failure to disclose Botox side effects.

    Excerpt: Ray Chester, partner of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P. and lead trial counsel in the case, represented Dr. Sharla Helton in her lawsuit against Allergen alleging that Botox injections in 2006 led to severe and disabling side effects. Dr. Helton, an obstetrician and gynecologist, suffered botulism poisoning after receiving Botox injections, and was forced to sell her medical practice and step down as medical director of Lakeside Women’s Hospital in Oklahoma City due to botulism and debilitating pain.

    Botox is the trade name for botulinum toxin, type A, which has been described by the Journal of the American Medical Association as “the most poisonous substance known.” JAMA, February 28, 2001, 285: 1059-1070. Botox, especially at high doses, can migrate out of the injected muscles and cause severe injuries which constitute, or at least mimic the symptoms of, botulism.
    “We are convinced there are a great number of Botox victims that have not yet associated their symptoms and illnesses with their use of Botox. We hope this verdict gives them the courage to come forward and hold Allergan responsible for their corporate misconduct,” said Ray Chester. “It is simply unacceptable for a drug manufacturer to withhold vital safety information from the public.”

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