Woman's Death After Botox Injection Highlights Dangers of Procedure

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Although Botox injections are mostly harmless, minor side effects are still possible — and so are incidents like this.

According to Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, a 32-year-old Singaporean local property agent Lau Li Ting died upon receiving a Botox injection last Wednesday, March 13. Reports are still inconclusive as to how the injection caused Lau's unexpected death, although her father attributed it to heart failure. This recent incident has highlighted the numerous Botox dangers inherent in the treatment, and serves as a warning to others thinking of carrying out a similar treatment. 

It is imperative to understand what to expect before undergoing any medical treatment.

The botulinum toxin contained in Botox is harmful, but as it is only injected in tiny, targeted doses, the procedure is still considered safe overall.

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Although Botox injections are mostly harmless, minor side effects are still possible. Also, as effects of Botox injections are temporary, most get repeated doses over a period of time. 

However, the verdict is still out on the long-term efficacy and safety of the treatment, even though the overall risk is minimal.  

Side effects could vary according to the individual, for example:

  • pain, swelling, or bruising
  • headache
  • chills
  • fever

Meanwhile, side effects could also be focused on a particular area, for example, the eye area could experience:

  • excessive tearing
  • drooping eyelids
  • dry eyes
  • uneven eyebrows

Written by

Melia Widjaja