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Bumps After Botox: Everything You Need to Know

Kristina Cadwell  
August 9, 2022  

Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment for wrinkle reduction in the upper face. It is quick and delivers impressive results, but patients should expect mild side effects such as swelling and bruising. Another common side effect of a Botox treatment are skin bumps in the treated area.

This article explains why Botox bumps appear, how long they last, and whether you should see a doctor.

Bumps after Botox and what to do about them

What Causes Botox Bumps?

Botox bumps are a common reaction to the treatment. They mainly affect first-time patients, but no one is entirely immune to this side effect. Below are the main reasons why these bumps occur.

1. Reaction to the needle

Botox is a minimally invasive procedure, but it still causes a micro-injury because the injection needle punctures the patient’s skin to deliver the botulinum toxin. Some people’s skin reacts by developing bumps.

2. Allergic reaction to Botox components

A few people are allergic to botulinum toxin or the agent used to reconstitute Botox. If you are among them, you may experience bumps after the treatment.

3. Unskilled Botox provider

The risk of bumps and other side effects is higher with untrained, non-medical cosmetic practitioners who may use poor-quality or expired Botox units, inject too much, or in the wrong location.

Note: Learn more about how Botox works, where it can be injected, and the treatment’s advantages and disadvantages.

How Long Do Bumps from Botox Last?

Bumps after Botox are a mild, painless reaction to the treatment that typically goes away after a few hours. In rare cases, the bumps can become painful and last longer than two days, in which case you should visit your Botox provider for a check-up.

How to Get Rid of Botox Bumps?

If you experience bumps after Botox, try these measures for a quicker recovery.

  • Apply an ice pack to the injection site
  • Use Arnica oral tablets
  • Avoid smoking and drinking
  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Don’t rub or pick on the bumps

When Should You See a Doctor?

Botox bumps are usually mild and short-lived, but in some cases, they can develop into a more severe complication. Pay attention to them and see a doctor if you notice the following:

  • The bumps become painful
  • They increase or multiply
  • Other unpleasant side effects accompany them
  • They last longer than two days

Note: Read our blog post on Botox pros and cons to better prepare for the procedure.


Bumps after Botox are a common side effect of the treatment. They typically last up to two days but if they persist or become uncomfortable, visit your doctor. To minimize the risk of complications, make sure to book the treatment with trained medical professionals.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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