There’s a common misconception out there that BOTOX® Cosmetic causes facial numbness. The truth is that numbness after BOTOX in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Torrance or elsewhere in Southern California is not normal. BOTOX targets facial muscles, not the nerves that regulate sensation. So, when injected correctly, you should never experience numbness.
What Is Normal After BOTOX?
Some minor changes in facial sensation are normal after receiving BOTOX. For example, you may notice that your skin feels slightly tighter or you could experience a mild feeling of muscle weakness after treatment. These feelings usually dissipate within a week and are normal reactions.
Rare reactions that may occur in some people include:
- Slight bruising at the injection site
- Mild redness
When BOTOX is injected directly into the lips, it can cause a brief period of numbness which should resolve within 2 weeks. If the numbness continues, contact your physician.
What Is Not Normal?
Facial paralysis or numbness after BOTOX is not a normal reaction and should be reported to your surgeon immediately. Additionally, if you experience any of the following reactions, please tell your doctor:
- Bumps or other facial abnormalities
- Muscle paralysis
BOTOX has a 20-year safety record and is very effective when administered properly. In order to avoid any potential complications, it is essential that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who uses FDA approved BOTOX manufactured by Allergan for your injections. Be sure to tell your physician about any medications or health concerns that may interfere with your treatment.