Are there ways to minimize Botox side effects?

I heard that Botox has some side effects like droopy eyelids. Any way to make sure my Botox (first time!) has no negative side effects?

Answers from doctors (5)


Dr. Robert L. True

Published on May 17, 2018

There are indeed techniques to minimize the side effects of Botox. For instance, to reduce the incidence of droopy eyelids, don't dilute it with so much liquid. I do this and am able to precisely place the Botox within the belly of the muscles that I want to relax while preventing excessive fluid from "drifting" to other muscles, such as those that raise your eyelids.

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Answered by Dr. Robert L. True

There are indeed techniques to minimize the side effects of Botox. For instance, to reduce the incidence of droopy eyelids, don't dilute it with so much liquid. I do this and am able to precisely place the Botox within the belly of the muscles that I want to relax while preventing excessive fluid from "drifting" to other muscles, such as those that raise your eyelids.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John Zannis, M.D.

Published on May 16, 2018

The most important thing to prevent complications like this is injector's technique. Injection too close to the levator muscle of the upper lid may sometimes cause it to droop.

What you can do is avoid exercising after injection to prevent the medication from dispersing and potentially affecting adjacent areas that were not intended to be treated.

In any case, the good news is the adverse effects will wear off within a few months!

Answered by John Zannis, M.D. (View Profile)

The most important thing to prevent complications like this is injector's technique. Injection too close to the levator muscle of the upper lid may sometimes cause it to droop.

What you can do is avoid exercising after injection to prevent the medication from dispersing and potentially affecting adjacent areas that were not intended to be treated.

In any case, the good news is the adverse effects will wear off within a few months!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Esta Kronberg, M.D.

Published on Jan 06, 2010

Yes. To minimize your side effects from Botox you should go to someone well trained. This should be a Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, Ophthalmologist or ENT doctor. Do not have it done at a Botox party and have the physician perform the injections. Botox has low risk of side effects and is very safe.

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Answered by Esta Kronberg, M.D.

Yes. To minimize your side effects from Botox you should go to someone well trained. This should be a Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, Ophthalmologist or ENT doctor. Do not have it done at a Botox party and have the physician perform the injections. Botox has low risk of side effects and is very safe.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Celibre Medical Corporation

Published on Jan 06, 2010

The way to make sure that the possibility of side effects with Botox (like droopy eyelids) are avoided is to find a highly qualified practitioner. While we understand that price is an important component to all consumer's cosmetic decisions, finding a skilled practitioner
does not always mean that the services come cheap. Find a referral from a friend if possible and go to several consultations to ask what the rate of ptosis (droopy eyelids) is for each practitioner. Good luck.

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Answered by Celibre Medical Corporation

The way to make sure that the possibility of side effects with Botox (like droopy eyelids) are avoided is to find a highly qualified practitioner. While we understand that price is an important component to all consumer's cosmetic decisions, finding a skilled practitioner
does not always mean that the services come cheap. Find a referral from a friend if possible and go to several consultations to ask what the rate of ptosis (droopy eyelids) is for each practitioner. Good luck.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa

Published on Jan 06, 2010

Yes, make sure your injector is experienced and knows what he/she is doing. Also, start with a more conservative dose of botox and plan to return in 2 weeks to see how the botox took effect, and whether or not you need more.
None of the above is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor.

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Answered by Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa

Yes, make sure your injector is experienced and knows what he/she is doing. Also, start with a more conservative dose of botox and plan to return in 2 weeks to see how the botox took effect, and whether or not you need more.
None of the above is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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