Why Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and be confident you are in the care of a highly trained surgeon you can trust.
When you decide to get Botox, or any cosmetic treatment for that matter, you expect to come out of your appointment looking like a better or younger version of yourself. When your results are not everything you'd hoped for, however, it is understandable that you would seek a solution to improve your appearance and maybe even undo your treatment.
So what can you do to fix a botched injectable treatment, and is there any way to prevent being unhappy with your results in the first place?
It is far easier to minimize your risk of poor results in the first place than it is to fix botched Botox once it happens. So if you haven't yet chosen a Botox provider or if you're seeking a second opinion, do some digging now into his or her credentials to save yourself heartache later.
Your Botox provider should be a plastic surgeon or work directly under a plastic surgeon and have extensive training and experience performing these injections. Stay away from "Botox parties," where someone who is often unqualified comes to a social gathering to inject a group of people with Botox. Even though it is a nonsurgical procedure, Botox needs to be performed by a trained professional in a sterile environment.
It's also prudent to schedule a consultation before committing to working with a provider you've never met before. This not only gives you a chance to discuss your goals and the details of your treatment, but it also gives you an opportunity to assess the facility and note any red flags ahead of time. Some red flags to look for in a questionable Botox injector include:
When administered by a highly trained and skilled professional, Botox most often results in a smooth, natural appearance. However, when it is not performed properly, Botox can result in a "frozen" or fake look. The most common causes of botched Botox are:
It depends. While the Botox that was already injected cannot be "uninjected" after the fact, a skilled plastic surgeon may be able to strategically add more Botox or dermal fillers to other areas of your face to create a more symmetrical and balanced appearance.
However, if the problem is that too much Botox was used in the first place and you are left with a "frozen" or unnatural appearance as a result, you will, unfortunately, need to wait until the product wears away on its own. It can take 3 to 6 months for Botox results to fade away completely.
Hyaluronic acid fillers, on the other hand, can be dissolved before breaking down themselves, so these could be a good option if you've never had anti-aging injections before and aren't sure if you're going to love the results.
If you are experiencing serious side effects following any injectable treatment, such as dizziness, shortness of breath or double vision, contact your medical provider right away.
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.