Too Much Botox: Should I Worry?

Botox is one of the most common injectable treatments of our time. It has been widely used for nearly twenty years now. For this reason, there may be a misconception that nothing could ever go wrong when getting Botox for wrinkle reduction or prevention. Early on, there were several examples of how Botox could go awry. Then, it came down to inexperience with the cosmetic drug. Today, this is still a possibility. Here, we discuss the problem of too much Botox, how it can happen, what it may look like, and what can be done about it.

How One Gets Too Much Botox

Botox can create problems in one of two ways. One is that an inexperienced provider administers too much product. We know how popular those Botox specials and parties can be, but they may not be as reputable as one would think. Another way that one can end up with too much Botox is to get touch-up injections too soon. They say that the average touch-up schedule is every 3 to 4 months. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Some people may only need injections twice a year. The best way to know that it’s time for a Botox touch-up is simply to look at your face. Are you still happy with reduced lines? Then your touch-up can wait.

What Happens if I Get Too Much Botox?

It is important to get Botox injections from a provider who has been fully trained and has gained significant familiarity with how this drug works through ample clinical practice. Botox works by relaxing muscle contractions. When the muscle is too relaxed, the following may occur:

  • Too much Botox in the frontalis muscles can cause the eyebrows to arch too high on the forehead. The face looks surprised all the time.
  • Too much Botox in the forehead muscles can cause the eyebrows to droop, making the upper eyelids look very heavy and hooded. The face may look angry or sad all the time.
  • Too much Botox around the eyes can dramatically affect facial expression. The face is simply frozen.
  • Too much Botox around the mouth may result in an odd-looking permanent smile that resembles The Joker from Batman movies.

If Botox migrates from the lower eye area, the face may become lopsided.

Botox must run its course. This can be a great thing when the results of treatment are good. When Botox goes bad, waiting it out can be frustrating. There is no way to reverse the effects of Botox injections, so it is vitally important to get this treatment from a skilled injector. We’re here to help! Call 713.271.9000 to schedule an appointment in our Houston or Sugarland office.

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