Risks of Botox

It seems everyone these days is trying to look younger. Whether it be the baby boomers trying to get back to their younger looks, or a twenty or thirty-something trying to keep their appearance up, the antiaging skin care market is huge these days and growing every year. While some are recognizing the signs the aging (like eye wrinkles) and taking preventative measures before things go south, many are trying to treat themselves after the fact.

The safest way to treat aging skin is to use a topical cream or eye serum, like all of the eye serum products we talk about on this site. While it may require patience and repeated use, you run minimal risk with this kind of treatment and you can discontinue use at any time if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

For some, they want a quick fix and are turning to botox.

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A patient receiving botox filler treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox is the injection of a drug made from the bacterial toxin named Botulin. While there is use for it for some muscle issues, these days you almost always hear it associated with the treatment of wrinkles in the skin. The injection temporarily paralyzes the muscle under the skin to make it more form. This is particularly used in the facial area, especially around the eyes, to reduce sagging skin and restore tautness to the epidermis. The result is a younger appearance.

While many, if not all, of the eye serum products we review on this site will cost you less than $100, you will pay much more for botox treatments. A quick search describes that it will typically cost anywhere from $450 to $800 for treatment around the eye area or for frown lines (cheeks and chin area).

What are the Risks of Botox?

The dent it will leave in your wallet is not the only damage that you can get from these injections. For one, you can have a bad physical reaction such as pain and swelling, even bruising of the injected area. Take a look at this video below of Kim Kardashian dealing with the aftermath of a painful botox treatment.


While she may be a bit of a drama queen, you can still see the effects are real. Other physical side effects may include headache or flu-like symptoms. The temporary paralysis of the facial muscles could lead to drooling out of a crooked smile, since you have a weakened control over your face. This is especially the case when injections are done for frown lines since it is the mouth and cheek area that is numbed. Likewise, when it is injected in the eye area, the patient may experience dry eyes (read our tips for dealing with dry eyes) or conversely may have excessive tearing.

Outside of the reactions you may get from the botulin itself, there are also risks of choosing the wrong provider. If the physician who is administering the treatments is inexperienced, many problems may occur. You may get a lopsided appearance if it is applied to the wrong part of the face, or unevenly on both sides.

There is also the risk of the application of too much of the toxin. When overapplied, the muscles behind the skin may become so weak that they cannot properly support the flesh in front of it. Not only is this painful, the external appearance will become droopy and defeat the entire purpose of botox in the first place.

Lastly, the result is only temporary. It typically takes around three to seven days for the effect to show fully, after the swelling has gone down. After that, the results stay for around four months. This can vary depending on the depth of the wrinkles and each individual’s responsiveness due to different skin types.

Is Botox Worth It?

With the hefty price tag, side effects, and uncertainty of proper application or long-lasting results, we feel it is much safer and more prudent to go the topical route. It may take more patience, but your skin will thank you for using an eye serum instead. Take a look at our top recommended eye serum here for starters.