Can Botox Mistakes Be Corrected?

Botox has become a household name over the past 10 years.  Seeing photographs of celebrities whose faces haven’t aged in the past 15 years is becoming common . . . but their secret is out.  Botox is no longer available only to the elite, it is now affordable for anyone.  It is the constant contraction of facial muscles that results in the formation of wrinkles and lines.  Botulinum toxin is a protein that relaxes muscles when it is injected, causing them to become dormant for a period of time.  When the underlying muscles are relaxed, the result is a smoother, more youthful look.  The forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, and the area in between the eyebrows are the most prevalent areas for Botox use.

More people than ever before are wanting to get Botox injections.  Because of this, many aesthetic salons and clinics are offering this cosmetic procedure, but the staff may not have been trained properly or have the proper credentials.  Remember the saying, “You get what you pay for.”  Botox mistakes are very rare if administered by a licensed doctor or a very experienced nurse, but the risks significantly increase if you choose an inexperienced or unqualified injector.  Keep in mind that an experienced professional with an eye for facial symmetry and balance is always your best option.

A common error for inexperienced injectors is to use too much product, especially in the frontalis muscle, which runs the full length of the forehead.  This results in the forehead feeling heavy, the eyebrows lowering and even the inability to raise them.  This not only looks unnatural, but lower eyebrows cause hooding (excessive skin in the eyelids) and may feel like you can’t completely open your eyes.  Unfortunately, this error cannot be corrected, and the patient will have to endure until the product wears off in approximately 3-4 months.

The opposite of this is the surprised look, where one or both of the eyebrows are elevated too high.  This can usually be corrected with a few injections of Botox to relax the muscle that has pulled the eyebrow up too high.

It can cause asymmetrical problems if the injectors who are not familiar with the amount of Botox needed and who aren’t experienced with where to inject to get the desired results.  An example of this is a lop-sided mouth, when muscles that control the shape of the lips are improperly injected.  This is more noticeable when the person is talking or smiling.  An expert may be able to modify this mistake to make it look more acceptable until the Botox wears off.

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On very rare occasions, Botox injected into crow’s feet around the eyes has moved to the muscle that lifts the cheek or corner of the lip.  Because one side of the face is higher, it causes the other side to appear as if it is drooping, similar to Bell’s palsy.  Strategic needling on the part of an expert may be able to correct this error as well.

Sometimes it is not advantageous to inject people’s crow’s feet, as the relaxation of the orbicularis oculi muscle around the eye may cause excessive puffiness in the lower eyelid.  Correcting the crow’s feet may cause another problem.

The goal with Botox injections is to minimize wrinkles without causing an expressionless face that’s unable to move.  Dr. Cory Torgerson’s objective is to make you look the best you can be, with subtle, natural results!  If you’re interested in Botox treatments, please contact our office for full details!

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