Unless you’re a trained professional, you probably have no idea where your BOTOX® should be injected. You also probably don’t know how much BOTOX® is too much. For answers to these questions, most of us rely on professionals.
Is it a normal and temporary response? Do you need to get a touch-up? Does your injector understand how to fix it?
Today we’re covering how to know what the culprit could be if you don’t get the results you’re looking for. From an inexperienced injector to following post-care instructions, we’ll tell you how you can avoid any mishaps.
Facial asymmetry is pretty normal – we’re all asymmetrical in some way. Also, we each take to BOTOX® differently. This can lead to a little asymmetry after your first appointment, but it’s nothing an expert can’t resolve.
Many injectors will simply inject in set doses, points, and patterns. Expert injectors will recognize and attempt to correct existing asymmetry with an understanding of the physics of the facial muscles. They will also know how to make corrections and identify the best pattern for your face for future appointments. That’s how your BOTOX® just keeps getting better and more natural looking.
If your eyebrows look unnatural when you raise them, you could have bad BOTOX®. This could appear as one eyebrow-raising up higher than the other. It could also manifest as the outer edges of your eyebrows rising up but not the middle part of your eyebrows. (Think Spock from Star Trek.) An expert injector will understand the cause of this and will be able to correct it with a minor touch-up treatment.
This BOTOX® mishap, also known as ptosis, occurs when BOTOX® moves from its intended spot into a nearby muscle that controls the eyelid. You may have seen Chicago-based blogger Whitney Buha share her drooping eyelid story with the world back in March of 2021.
This may be an injector’s mistake, but patients can cause this, too, by not following post-care instructions. So remember – no strenuous activity for 24 hours, and no lying down or leaning forward significantly for 4 hours following BOTOX® injections!
First, we want to be clear that there is nothing wrong with a frozen face—if that’s what you want. Some people find this result very desirable, and you’ll get no shade or shame from us. (You do you!)
But for many, a frozen face is not what they want from BOTOX®. Most people want to look natural and to have a softened appearance with fewer wrinkles. One of the most common fears for new BOTOX® patients is having a “frozen” look. This can happen when too much BOTOX® is injected in a specific area.
Once a muscle has been relaxed with BOTOX®, the brain may recruit other muscles that weren’t treated to compensate for the inability of the primary muscle to contract. This is why it’s important to work with an experienced injector who can see when a muscle is overworking and who will adjust your treatment plan. How your injector rebalances treatment areas is highly individualized.
A great BOTOX® experience gives patients a more youthful, refreshed appearance. If the dose used was too low (below the recommended levels) then patients may not see their desired results.
It’s important to remember that BOTOX® does not immediately take effect. Most patients will start seeing results around 5-7 days, but it can take up to 14 days after treatment for some patients to see the full results.
If you don’t see any results 14 days after getting BOTOX®, you may need a revised treatment plan with your injector. This can also happen if you were sick around the time of the BOTOX® treatment.
The body’s immune response can have an effect on how quickly BOTOX® is metabolized, causing an underwhelming result.
Simply put, some BOTOX® mishaps mentioned above can be avoided with a great injector. (We say “almost” because everyone’s facial anatomy is different. Sometimes it’s not that your injector did anything wrong, but that slight adjustments need to be made to fit your unique anatomy and response. Adjustments can—and should—be made to correct and/or avoid any issues in the future.)