One Major Side Effect of Getting Botox, Says Dermatologist

It’s no secret that millions of Americans get injections of botulinum toxin type A—otherwise known as Botox—every single year to smooth out their wrinkles. The last 12 months were no exception. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 55% of all plastic surgeons polled across the nation reported that Botox treatments were the single most in-demand procedure during coronavirus stay-at-home orders.

Though Botox injections are widely considered safe, the Mayo Clinic notes that there are some risks and side effects, which include headaches, flu-like symptoms, a “crooked smile or drooling,” along with pain and swelling where the needle was inserted. And as one Chicago-based lifestyle blogger named Whitney Buha recently revealed, Botox injections can also cause a condition called ptosis, which is when your upper eyelid droops over your eye.

Buha, who recently spoke to NBC’s The Today Show about her ptosis, has also been chronicling her experience on Instagram.


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It all started in early March when the 33 year-old cashed in on some complimentary injections. After four or five days, she noticed a visible change when looking in the mirror. “I noticed that my left eyebrow had gone straight and I no longer had an arch,” Buha told the Today Show. She was eventually diagnosed with ptosis.

“Ptosis from a neuromodulator, such as Botox, is most commonly caused by incorrect injection technique, whether it is improper placement of injections or over-dosage,” Kim Nichols, MD, a dermatologist based in Connecticut, explained to Today. “However, there are rare instances where migration occurs after injection.”

Buha saw a nurse practitioner, who advised her to take eyedrops as a temporary fix and actually be administered with two more injections of Botox “at the eyelash line to help open the lid again.”

Though her experience is still ongoing and her eye continues to droop, experts say that the episode will pass for Buha.

“The side effects of ptosis should subside within four to six weeks, and should not leave permanent damage,” Nichols explained. In an Instagram post yesterday, Buha revealed some of the things she’s doing to speed up the recovery process.


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They involve exercise, using a hot compress, acupuncture, and administering “vibrations to the area.” She also notes that she is not a medical professional. For more on ptosis, see here for what the experts at the Cleveland Clinic have to say about it. And for some other anti-aging tips that don’t require injections, make sure you see our full roundup of the 50 Best Anti-Aging Tips That Doctors Do Themselves.

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