Not everyone is a good candidate for Botox. If you are in poor general health, your skin is very thick or you have existing muscle weakness in the proposed injection site, you may not be a good candidate for Botox. Patients with sensitive skin may experience an allergic reaction at the injection site.
BOTOX® candidates should be in good overall health. This treatment is not suitable for those who suffer from or have a history of nerve damage or muscle conditions, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
BOTOX resistance is a situation in which a patient either has built up antibodies against the botulinum toxin, or happens to metabolize the BOTOX drug exceptionally quickly. As a result, for these patients BOTOX injections provide underwhelming results, a very short-lived effect, or no effect at all.
A good injector should know where to never inject.
A qualified, experienced injector should never inject the area near the orbital bone right above the pupil. If Botox is injected here, it can drift down toward the upper eyelid and cause an eyelid droop. This can last from weeks to even months.
Nausea. Redness. Temporary facial weakness or drooping. In rare instances, the botulinum toxin may spread beyond the treatment area, causing botulism-like signs and symptoms such as breathing problems, trouble swallowing, muscle weakness and slurred speech.
"If you do too much Botox on your forehead for many, many years, the muscles will get weaker and flatter," cautions Wexler, adding that the skin can also appear thinner and looser. Moreover, as your muscles become weaker, they can start to recruit surrounding muscles when you make facial expressions.
After the age of 35, it may be too late to benefit from the preventive capacity of Botox®, especially if you have a very expressive face or fair skin, are genetically predisposed, or have unhealthy lifestyle habits such as using tan beds, overexposing yourself in the sun, or smoking.
Because Botox is a form of a toxin produced by a bacteria, the body can sometimes develop an immune response to the injections. This will cause the body to break down the Botox injections quickly so that they are no longer effective.
There is no upper age limit for people who want to have Botox. In fact, many women enjoy the refreshed look they can get from Botox and complementary treatments when they are in their 60s or older.
Go to a licensed medical professional
The person administering your filler or botox injection should be a licensed doctor, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant, with the latter two being supervised by doctors.
There's a common misconception that Botox makes you look older when it wears off. On the contrary, regular Botox treatments make you look younger even after the neurotoxin wears off.
In most cases, Botox begins to work fully within the first week after treatment, so by day four you should be able to see a slightly noticeable difference in the appearance of the areas that were treated. If this is your first treatment, you may experience a “heavy” sensation in the treatment areas.
Studies have shown that Botox (most commonly known as the brand name Botox), when used in low but effective doses, does not ruin your face, but rather is a temporary paralyzation of the microscopic muscle nerve endings.
When people see lines forming after BOTOX wears off, they assume treatment made their wrinkles worse. Actually, your face simply returns back to its natural state. No new wrinkles or lines are ever caused by these injections.
To answer this question, let's look at the 3 reasons why BOTOX will not work for you: You are not getting enough units. You are not being injected correctly. You have developed antibodies.
Many people worry that if they stop getting BOTOX injections, their wrinkles will come back faster and worse than before. However, this is not the case. If you stop BOTOX injections, your wrinkles will slowly start to come back, but slower than if you had never used BOTOX to begin with.
Why does Botox eventually stop working? Your body makes new neurotransmitters all the time, so the “blocking” effect of Botox gradually wears off as these chemicals start circulating in your body again. The muscles are no longer inhibited.
People who are between 30 and 50 generally have strong enough muscle tone for the Botox injections to be effective. Unfortunately, from age 65 upwards, facial muscle tone may be too weak for the treatment to show the desired results.
The average age for people to receive their first BOTOX treatment is, generally, at some point in their 30s. Most women, and some men, begin to notice a few fine lines or wrinkles around their eyes or forehead area at this age.
Why Does Botox Make Your Forehead Shiny? Light naturally reflects off of smooth surfaces, so the smoother your skin, the more light will bounce. Botox injections smooth the skin, which can cause it to appear shinier, especially if it is overdone.
Facial expressions can be lost
Botox is popular due to its ability to paralyze muscles and prevent wrinkles. However, this may result in some facial expressions being lost. If it's not injected properly, Botox can freeze certain facial muscles and cause a constantly surprised look.
After getting Botox, it's typical to have redness, tenderness, and swelling. These side effects usually disappear in 1 day. Bruising is also common. You can apply a pack of ice for relief.