Can I Get Too Much Botox?

Botox has been around for almost 20 years now. We’ve become so accustomed to hearing about this amazing wrinkle-reducing treatment that many have the perception that there’s nothing Botox can’t do. This is a far cry from the early days of injectable treatments when there was widespread fear that Botox would lead to a frozen appearance! This is a topic worth discussing. Can you get too much Botox? Absolutely! So, you need to know how to avoid that.

Too Much Botox: How it Happens

Botox injections need to be administered by a trained, experienced professional. It isn’t enough to look up the best price for Botox in your area; you also want to know that whoever is injecting this drug knows how it works and how it may adversely affect the face if not used properly. This is one way that too much Botox happens, that an unskilled provider simply administers too much. Another common way that one may end up with adverse effects from too much Botox is by getting Botox too often. The general guideline that people hear is every 3 to 4 months. This isn’t a strict guideline at all. Some people may get Botox only once or twice a year. How can you know your best touch-up schedule? Be familiar with your face! By observing your face frequently, you’ll know when the effects of Botox have worn off. Until then, there is no need for more injections.

Too Much Botox: What It Looks Like

Botox reduces dynamic wrinkles, the ones that develop because of muscle movements. When one gets too much Botox, the muscles become too relaxed. This can result in:

  • Eyebrows that sit too high on the forehead. The face has a perpetual surprised expression.
  • Eyebrows drooping downward. This makes the upper eyelids quite heavy and bulky. The face may look angry or tired.
  • A frozen expression. Ideally, Botox relaxes the muscle. Too much and the muscle becomes paralyzed completely. Whatever expression is created, whether surprise or an odd-looking smile or drooping, is in place until Botox wears off.
  • Lopsided drooping. This can occur when Botox migrates away from the treatment area. Fortunately, migration is a rare complication.

Botox has been called a cosmetic Wonder Drug, and it can be. A few well-placed injections can beautifully rejuvenate the face. Dr. Behr and our team have years of experience administering Botox successfully. To schedule your wrinkle-reducing treatment, call our Fresno office at 559-435-SKIN (7546).

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