Since 2002, Botox has been approved for use in the U.S. as a cosmetic aid to reverse the signs of ageing. Forehead wrinkles, crow's feet and neck bands all seem to melt away under the powerful drug, which causes a controlled weakening of targeted muscles.
Every cosmetic treatment has side effects, however, and Botox is no different. What some patients see as a Botox error can actually be a known complication, like a heavy-feeling forehead or a droopy eyelid. Here is how to fix these so-called Botox errors, or at least deal with them while you wait out the effects.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Plastic surgeon or other doctor experienced with Botox and its effects
- Fraxel or Thermage treatment
- Apraclonidine eyedrops
Inject a few more drops of Botox to fix a raised eyebrow. According to Dr. Brandith Irwin of Skintour.com, a second, highly targeted injection can usually fix the problem by relaxing the muscle pulling your eyelid up.
Use prescription eyedrops such as apraclonidine, brimonidine or neosynephrine hydrochloride to help raise a droopy eyelid caused by Botox. This condition, known as ptosis, occurs in approximately five per cent of patients according to Dr. Noah Scheinfeld of New York's St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.
Arrange for an eyelid Fraxel or Thermage treatment to smooth eyelid skin that has been adversely affected by Botox. Since the muscles in this area already have a tendency to loosen over time, according to Dr. Irwin, some patients who use Botox for crow's feet experience additional puffiness and crepiness in the lower eyelid area.
Wait it out. Some Botox errors or side effects can only be reversed by time. A facial droop on one side, a frozen face and a heavy-feeling forehead each have no quick fix. As the effects of the Botox injections wear off in three to six months, the muscles will naturally realign.
Tips and warnings
- Seek referrals from friends when looking for a skilled Botox injector. Ask for freshly mixed Botox, which yields better results than mixed Botox that is more than a few days old.
- Many Botox complications occur because the drug has moved from the initial injection site. To prevent this, do not rub the treated area for at least 12 hours after injection, and do not lie down for three to four hours. Only receive Botox treatment from board-certified medical professionals after a consultation with a skilled doctor.
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