Botox is a very safe and effective anti-ageing treatment. However, it does need to be used with care and each patient needs careful assessment to determine the optimal site for their injections and the appropriate dosage. So botox treatment can be botched if it’s given in the wrong place, or if too much to too little is given. Knowing precisely where to give it and where not to give it, and the appropriate dosage requires expert training and a very thorough knowledge of anatomy, as well as knowledge of the potential risks of inaccurate injection. Although distressing, the effects of botched Botox treatment are nearly always temporary (the exception would be extreme over dosage which could be fatal) and will wear off by themselves over a 3 – 5 month period.
Give the injection in the wrong place and the wrong muscle groups will be paralyzed for the next four to six months. This can lead to temporary facial disfigurement such as an eyelid droop (one or both sides) or a droop of one side of the face or mouth. For eyelid droop there is a prescription eye drop medication called Lopidine which helps a bit, though it needs to be used several times a day.
Using too much Botox around the lips can cause impairment of lip function and not being able to eat properly as the mouth cannot be sealed properly around a cup or spoon. If Botox is used inappropriately around the neck swallowing difficulties and hoarseness can occur. This is a serious complication that can mean the need to support the patient with nasogastric feeding until the Botox has worn off.
Drooping of both eyebrows and eyelids after botox is usually caused by inexperienced providers not assessing the forehead and forehead muscles properly. There is no specific treatment for this other than waiting. The next Botox treatment will need to be given at a lower dosage, higher up on the Buy Cardarine forehead or a combination of the two.
If too much Botox is given it can lead to a plastic, unnatural or frozen look. Some people like that but most would prefer a more subtle, natural look which allows some facial expression. If too little is given you will see very little improvement in your appearance and the effects will wear off more quickly than the usual three to five months that you should expect. If your Botox has been botched with too little effect you should speak to your provider. Most good quality providers do before and after photos and provide the opportunity for a review at two weeks after treatment. This is a good time to raise these concerns.
The risks of botched Botox can be reduced by asking the following questions of your provider:
– what is their training and experience? Were they trained by an accredited institution? how many patients do they treat each week? If your provider is seeing only one or two each week they are unlikely to be able to develop or maintain their Botox skills
– what kind of on-going appraisal and revalidation system are they governed by? If you are seeing a doctor in the UK then you can be assured that they have to have an annual appraisal and demonstrate audit of their work