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Exploring the Potential Contraindications of Botox

Updated: April 10, 2023

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Are you considering Botox for a cosmetic procedure? Botox is an extremely popular aesthetic treatment due to its quick results and minimal downtime. It can address a number of aesthetic issues in a much less invasive and expensive way than surgery. However, it’s important to understand that Botox is a medical procedure and not without its risks. Here at ELLEMES, we believe that an informed patient is the best patient, so let’s explore the potential contraindications of Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is a neuromodulator, which means that it temporarily inhibits the activity of certain nerves in the skin. It’s commonly used to reduce wrinkles and lines on the face, but it can also be used to treat a number of medical conditions such as excessive sweating and muscle spasms. Botox is injected directly into the muscles of the face and is a relatively quick procedure that results in little to no downtime.

What are the Contraindications?

Despite its popularity, there are a number of contraindications that you should consider before getting Botox. The following list is not exhaustive, but it will give you an idea of the potential risks involved with Botox.

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The first contraindication to consider is age. Botox is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.


Pregnancy is a contraindication for Botox, as it’s not known how the use of botulinum toxin could affect a developing fetus.


If you have any known allergies to botulinum toxin or any of its ingredients, you should not get Botox.

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Certain medications can increase your risk of complications with Botox, so be sure to tell your doctor about any medications that you are taking.

Neuromuscular Disorders

If you have a neuromuscular disorder such as ALS or myasthenia gravis, you should not get Botox, as it can worsen your condition.

Bleeding Disorders

If you have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, you should not get Botox.


If you have an active infection at the injection site, you should avoid getting Botox until the infection has cleared.

Eye Disorders

If you have any active eye disorders such as a droopy eyelid, you should not get Botox, as it can worsen the condition.

Autoimmune Diseases

If you have an autoimmune disease such as lupus, you should not get Botox.


Botox is an extremely popular aesthetic treatment, but it’s important to be aware of the potential contraindications before getting the procedure. It’s always best to speak with your doctor to make sure that you are a good candidate for Botox and that there are no risks involved. At ELLEMES, we take patient safety very seriously and always strive to provide the highest quality care. If you have any further questions about Botox or any other aesthetic treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa