BOTOX Cosmetic Side Effects By Dr. Robert Singer on July 29, 2020

female patient receiving BOTOX injection in her foreheadWhen it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, few treatments are more popular than BOTOX® Cosmetic. This procedure involves administering medication that temporarily paralyzes the muscles associated with lines and wrinkles. The result is smoother, tighter skin.

Dr. Robert Singer offers BOTOX injections at our La Jolla, CA plastic surgery practice. In this article, we will explore BOTOX Cosmetic side effects and explain how to reduce the risk of complications.

Temporary Side Effects of BOTOX Cosmetic

Any time a patient undergoes BOTOX, some side effects are to be expected. We will take a closer look at the most common side effects in the sections below so you can know what to anticipate after treatment.

Swelling and Bruising

BOTOX is minimally invasive, but it does require injections. Therefore, it is not uncommon to develop slight swelling around the injection sites. To reduce inflammation, you can gently apply cold compresses to the area.

Some patients also experience bruising, though Dr. Singer will do everything he can to minimize temporary discoloration. These side effects typically diminish after a few days and are not a cause for concern.


Once an injection has been given, it is possible for a small amount of bleeding to appear at the site. This is usually due to a nick in a nearby capillary. Bleeding is typically minor, and it should stop quickly. 

Discomfort at the Injection Site

Since BOTOX is administered by injections, you will feel a small pinch during treatment at our San Diego, CA office. Dr. Singer can use a numbing cream to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Any post-treatment discomfort should be mild and fade in a few hours.

Are There Serious Side Effects of BOTOX Cosmetic?

BOTOX is safe and widely used, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, as with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of complications. Some individuals could develop:

  • Headaches
  • Rash
  • Itchiness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Breathing problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Speech problems
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Incontinence
  • Change or loss of voice

Reducing the Risk of BOTOX Side Effects

Most of the complications listed above are attributed to inexperienced clinicians and technical errors. When you choose a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Singer, you can significantly reduce the risk of serious side effects.

Before undergoing BOTOX, patients should be well-informed about the procedure and the results of treatment. BOTOX is used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Deep lines and creases may require cosmetic surgery. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Singer will explore all treatment options with you in detail so you can choose a procedure that will effectively meet your needs.

Contact Our Practice for More Information

Have you been considering BOTOX Cosmetic to enhance your appearance? Reach out to one of our skilled and knowledgeable team members. We are available to answer any questions you may have. To schedule a consultation at our La Jolla, CA practice, contact us online or call our office at (858) 455-0290.

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Dr. Robert Singer

Robert Singer, M.D.

Dr. Robert Singer is a board-certified plastic surgeon and former President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Aesthetic Society who gives his patients life-changing results. His technical mastery and artistic sensibilities have helped hundreds of patients achieve natural-looking rejuvenation through facelifts and other complex procedures. Dr. Singer is a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons 

To discover what Dr. Singer can do for you, request your consultation online or call his plastic surgery practice at (858) 455-0290.

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