Can Botox injections under the eye and for crow's feet cause Bell's Palsy?

Q:

3-5 days after I had Botox injections, 6 under each eye, which seems too much for me as it looks unnaturally smooth now, I was diagnosed with Bell's palsy on the right side of my face and my left cheek and side is swollen. I have chipmunk cheeks on both sides as well. Your opinion would be greatly valued. Thank you.

A:

The most common cause of Bell's Palsy is Viral. Your symptoms seem to go along with this diagnosis ( swelling, etc.). It would be Very Very Very Unusual for Botox to cause a Bells Palsy.

 Best,

 

Gary Culbertson, MD, FACS

 

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