How To Handle Botox-Induced Headaches

If you believe that botox is not as popular as it was a few years back, think again. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 4 million Americans got botox in 2020 alone. Botox procedures are a huge favorite among women who fear signs of stress and aging that may manifest on the skin.

Botox is administered in the form of injections and its function is simple: to temporarily prevent the nerves from firing signals to release chemicals that may cause wrinkles (via the Mayo Clinic). In other words, they put a stopper in muscles that constrict with age, and as a result, they delay skin aging. Botox is also used for treating excess sweating and chronic migraines. Its longevity varies from person to person. In some cases, the injections may last from 3-6 months, but in those who are just getting started, it's normal for the effects to fade within 2 months or less.

How to deal with botox headaches

Although reducing wrinkles with botox is a safe cosmetic procedure, it's possible you might experience certain side effects after getting the injections. The important thing is to get the procedure done by a certified professional with positive reviews. Most people complain about dry eyes, infections in the injection spots, or difficulty smiling or moving mouth muscles, reports the Mayo Clinic.

You might also experience botox-induced headaches, but research on this is limited. According to a 2001 study published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, post-botox headaches occur in only 1% of the patients and are usually temporary, disappearing within a couple of days. The pain may be localized to the forehead and mostly happen because of intense muscular constriction, improper injection administration by an inexperienced person, or using an inauthentic chemical.

The best way to handle botox-induced headaches is to take some over-the-counter medicines, as they offer the quickest relief. Experts also recommend against future botox procedures if you've had headaches previously — go for safer alternatives, such as Myobloc drops, which are directly applied onto wrinkles (per Healthline).