Do not walk around feeling any less than beautiful!
While the effects of these Botox mistakes are temporary and disappear once Botox wears off, no one wants to walk around with a half-closed eyelid or a Spock brows. To avoid getting a botched Botox procedure, it is imperative to get your Botox from a board-certified, skilled and experienced injector.
Ask your friends for recommendations. Do your research and compare expertise instead of price. Get consultations at various locations. And finally, avoid Botox “sales” that seem too good to be true (they usually are).
True eyelid ptosis (eyelid drooping) is rare, but unfortunately, it does happen.
Eyelid ptosis happens when the muscles that control your eyelid (levator palpebrae superiorus and levator aponeurosis) are Botoxed. Botox can either be mistakenly injected into these muscles or spread from a near-by site. Since Botox prevents muscle contraction, having the muscles that control your eyelid inhibited means that your eyelid will droop. If you have discomfort with your eyes after getting Botox, contact your injector immediately.
Eye drops (iopidine 0.5% or apraclonidine 0.5%) can be prescribed to alleviate eyelid ptosis. Make sure you get your Botox from an experienced injector who knows how and where to inject Botox around the eyes.
Drooping eyelids or eyebrows are two of the most common Botox complaints. In most cases, post-Botox drooping is not “true eyelid ptosis” but rather the result of improper Botox application (usually injecting the Botox too low, too deep, or too much).
When Botox is injected into your forehead, it inhibits the muscle that is used to lift your eyebrows. When this muscle is relaxed, it can make your forehead feel heavy, especially if you have a habit (conscious or not) of lifting up your brows. When your forehead is relaxed and heavier, your brows might also drop or feel lower as a result. This is more pronounced if you have hooded eyelids, if you have excess skin above the eyes, or if you have a habit of raising your brows to widen your eyes. So in essence, it’s not your eyelid that drooping, it just looks drooped because it’s been pushed down.
There is not a quick fix for post-Botox drooping that is not true ptosis. You must simply wait for the Botox to wear off. You can prevent drooping by ensuring you go to an injector who is experienced with injecting Botox in the forehead and around the eyes. If you are worried about potential drooping, ask your Botox injector to be more conservative with the treatment. Again, get Botox done by an experienced medical professional for the best results.
Using too much Botox can give you a “frozen face” where it seems like nothing on your face moves (especially in the forehead and glabellar region) but your mouth. This results in a blank, expressionless, plastic, hard, and unnatural facial expressions. However, more often than not, post-Botox “frozen face” happens when Botox is inappropriately administered.
When Botox is used to reduce wrinkles, the goal is to soften negative expressions (like frowning, crow’s feet). It takes a skilled and experienced physician to maintain your natural facial movements without immobilizing your face.
Overtreatment of Botox is temporary and will go away once the Botox wears off. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. To prevent overtreatment of Botox, make sure you and your Botox injector are on the same page as to what results you hope to achieve. Always choose a board-certified, reputable, and experienced injector.
Undertreatment of Botox occurs when Botox results wear off too fast or when Botox “doesn’t work.” This often happens when a less reputable injector “waters down” your Botox or if your Botox dosage is too low. Make sure that you discuss your goals with an experienced injector.
Get a Botox consultation to make sure you are a good candidate for the treatment. Make sure you understand the effects of Botox and that your injector understands your goals. Again, go to a certified and skilled Botox injector for the most precise results.
Sometimes Botox can give you asymmetrical results. Lopsided features can result from poor Botox placement or simply from having different facial anatomies that react to Botox placement differently.
Lopsided features can typically be fixed by adding more Botox to balance the asymmetries. Otherwise, you just have to wait for the Botox to wear off. Make sure you go to a highly skilled injector to avoid this Botox mistake, especially if you are going to get Botox in the lower facial region.
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