“I have horns!”
They aren’t horns, they are bumps.
Well, that sounds almost as bad. But these bumps are from the injection of Botox under the skin and sometimes into the muscle (depending on the location of Botox injections). Botox is reconstituted as a liquid (from a powder), and then injected as a liquid in these locations. Liquids will naturally take up some space, and they look like little bumps. Probably a little bit bigger than those TB testing shots that we get from time to time in our forearms.
The bumps usually go away in about 15-30 minutes.
Fortunately the Botox bumps usually go away in a few minutes. Sometimes by the time a patient drives home.
The Botox bumps I’m discussing in this blog are the ones that can be seen immediately after a Botox injection. I’m not discussing bumps that occur hours after or days after the Botox injection.
What else could it be?
If these Botox horn or Botox bumps don’t go away, it could be something else like a hematoma. A hematoma is a collection of blood – from bleeding, which could happen after injections with a needle. And the collection of blood could cause the bump. Hematomas will also resolve with time, but ideally, I try to avoid large hematomas by observing the injection site during and after my Botox injections. Sometimes hematomas can’t be avoided. But I would try to minimize them. A smaller Botox needle might help, too. Hematomas usually will result in bruises which will also resolve. At least this is what I do in my Modesto Botox Practice.
Below is a picture of me, not a picture of Botox bumps.
If you haven’t looked directly at my crows feet or glabellar lines – in person and at my office – then we have not established a formal doctor-patient relationship. Please see your own doctor. There is no medical advice here, just medical information for general use – nothing here is directed at any specific person.