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Cheek drop question and recovery

  • depressedandsad
  • 6 months ago

I have seen where other people have suffered from cheek drop after Botox. Has anyone ever recovered from that? It doesn't seem possible to me that it could happen. It seems like if the muscle is weakened enough to drop the fat pad, that once strengthened, it won't automatically return to normal. I mean, how does it know how to lift it back up? It seems like once it sags, it's done, like broken tension in a cord or something like that. I know I'm not explaining it well, but I'm growing very depressed at the thought that that might be permanent, even after the Botox wears off completely. (I'm about 9 weeks in.) I would love to hear from other people who have recovered or who are currently in this situation.

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Hi ladies, I was injected crows feet top of cheeks and under each eye. My cheeks dropped , of course leaving me with eyebags, at least at the time I thought they were eyebags but unfortunately they are festoons. I'm 20 months out and my cheeks still need improvement. Facial exercises has helped a lot. It has also help me to eliminate my saggy jowls. I'm thinking that 12 months is to long for u to wait before starting an exercise program. You need to start 4 months after your Botox injections. Exspecially if this was your first time.
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Thank you, will give the exercises a try if my situation does not improve at 4 months. I am just 3 months out of cheek ptosis causing jowls this is my only symptom at present. I am still holding onto hope they come back in the 4-6 month range. I think the exercises are a must for anyone that has tried botox more than once.
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Did you get better, I also have cheek drop :o( at 10 months out
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No, I got worse. I'm now almost six months out. It has worn off a lot in the past week, but every time I think it's gone completely, it rears its ugly toxic head again. I lost all cheek fat, too, all of it. It started melting off within two weeks of the horrific injection by the inept doctor, and just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I lost more a couple of weeks ago. So between that and the dropped cheeks from the muscles not holding them up, I'm completely sagging and have no volume left in the face. I don't look anything like I looked before Botox. And I have the sagging skin now, too, on the sides of my face, now that it has worn off more. And temple hollows also. I look completely different to the point where people who saw me at the holidays and see me now just stare. They don't mean to be rude, but the change is so shocking. I've aged at least 10 years since getting this crap. And it was my first time, too. Wish I had better news to report. I'm still hopeful that my face will fill out more now that it is wearing off (hopefully), and maybe, just maybe, the muscles that 'broke' (yes, I felt them 'snap' when I tried to smile too widely one day) will come back, too. (There are indentations at the top of each cheek where the muscles stopped working, and I'm hoping for a miracle that those will at least come back, too.) On the 'bright side', I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be able to smile a wide smile for the first time in six months. One side of my face is still weaker than the other, and my smile doesn't turn up as much as the other. But after being in a vice for the past six months, with almost every muscle in my face blown out, I'm just grateful I can smile again. I hope it continues. How are you doing otherwise with the after-effects of it?
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Thank you for your reply. So if you have gotten worse since the holidays a month or so ago that means that you actually got worse after 4 months when you were suppose to get better..... what a slap in the face it makes me so angry to be going through this and to hear your story as well. It seemed like mine did not even kick in for approximately a month and then all types of changes took place on a daily basis, it appears my glabella muscle has caved in now bunching between my eyes. I feel like there might be light at the end of the tunnel here I feel a little better today like my poor face is trying to move normal again. I am a wreck. It effects your entire life, I am in sales and whenever I am talking to a client I feel like they are staring at my face I have lost all my self confidence. I am a personal trainer in the evenings and there are mirrors EVERYWHERE around me.... I seriously do not recognize myself. Please try to take care of yourself and focus on other things for a while. Get yourself in the best possible shape ever with cardio and weights then by the time this stuff wears off you will be feeling great!!!! We should start the facial exercises after 12 months, I have heard it does wonders. We are going to be ok, just try to think of people who are permanently deformed from car accidents, stroke, etc with no hope of recovery. Keep smiling xoxoxo
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Where were you injected? were you injected under your eye? I had glabella and crows
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I am also a wreck and it does affect your entire life. I also have completely lost confidence and can barely show my face anywhere, and when I do, I hide behind glasses and cover my face when I laugh. I don't recognize myself either. And I know people say it's only noticeable to yourself, but it has been so dramatic everyone around me has noticed. I look strange, and my face has lost all proportion. I am also trying to get fit in all other areas of my life, and I have ordered the facial exercises but I'm too scared to do them until this has worn off. (Some day I still feel like I have a brick in my forehead.) Sorry you are going through it, too. Yes, even though I did look like a stroke victim with one part of my face drooping, that has finally recovered, so you're right, we think of the positives and keep going. Take good care of yourself!
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Yes, glabella and crows for me, too, not under the eyes.
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My biggest issue is one side of my face drooping, how long until that cleared up for you?
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I have cheek dropping on both cheeks, and neither has resolved (and those have gotten much worse with losing the cheek fat). On top of that, I actually had a 'paralyzed' side of the face, where I couldn't smile or lift the cheek up (or any part of the face) at all. It was frozen, with no muscle or nerve activity to move that. That has gotten much better recently. I can now smile, and that side of the face lifts. But I still have dropped cheeks, with all of my face sinking lower, and I have jowls now, too, which I never had before. So my overall face is droopy, much more so than it was before, but the 'stroke-like' effect on one side of my face seems to have resolved, I hope.
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Thank you for your response, I can move my face but it is droopy (more on one side) not majorly noticeable, my nasalfold lines from nose to mouth are very pronounced and I did not have any before along with deep lines on the side of my mouth on one side that I never had. I just hope the muscles wake up soon. I am so sorry to hear that you had no movement on one side and could not smile that must have been so hard on you. What doesnt kill us makes us stronger, this experience will change the way we feel about our faces. Who cares about a few wrinkles, just let us have our face back. Your fat in your cheeks will come back once those muscles get moving again. You should not have any permanent damage from the muscles and nerves being paralyzed its just going to be a long recovery. I hope in the next 6 months now that things are moving that you see a big change. Thinking of you. Prayers
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Thanks so much. Yes, not being able to smile and express myself has been devastating, even beyond how grotesque I looked during this. I won't get my cheek fat back, that's just gone. But I'm hoping as the muscles and nerves recover that the cheeks will lift up more so that they appear more full. I'm sorry to hear that it's been 10 months for you, though. I read where some people have seen their faces keep changing back to normal for up to a couple of years after, so we have to keep hoping. It has changed how I feel about my face and aging and wrinkles, so perhaps that's the good that will come out of this horrible experience. I hope you also see improvement. Please update as you see changes, and I will, too. Fingers crossed for both of us!
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Its actually been 10 weeks for me not 10 months
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At 10 weeks, you're still in the thick of it. If this is your only side effect, and you haven't lost any cheek fat, then I think you will likely recover well, at least according to all I've read on this. I had (have) so many side effects, but when I originally posted this, I was focused on the cheek ptosis. But looking back on it now, I can't separate that from all the other side effects as far as things getting much worse for me over time rather than better. So mine is a 'worst-case scenario'; yours seems to be strictly about cheek ptosis. At 10 months out, I would be more concerned about recovery. But at 10 weeks, I think you have an excellent chance of everything going back to normal. It will just likely take time, which is difficult. And that time seems to be different for everyone. So hang in there, and post back when there have been improvements!
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Thank you. So you got much worse after 10 weeks? that is so bizarre all the other side effects that you mentioned, did they start immediately or as time went by. My main concern is the cheek ptosis, my face does look much thinner, not sure if it is just because of the droopyness or if I am indeed losing fat. Anyways, I will keep you posted and will pray for a full recovery for you soon.
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The 'paralysis' started first, and from that I couldn't smile and I got chipmunk cheeks, and from trying to smile, I 'busted' the cheek muscles holding up the part near the nose. But there are other muscles holding up your cheek, and any drooping will make your face look thinner, with or without cheek fat loss. It got worse after 10 weeks because the muscles were unused and I looked strange, and I continued to lose cheek fat. Now that I have some muscle/nerve function back, I have the sagging skin that goes along with them not being used for that long, and with not having cheek fat anymore. So I look completely different from before. I don't think you're going to experience any new side effects at 10 weeks in, but your face is continuing to adapt to muscles and nerves that are not working right now, and there may be changes still to come because of that. But eventually the Botox will go away. Mine hasn't completely yet, even after all this time, but parts of it have worn off, and I see improvements with that. But I look so different, and everything has sagged and drooped and I have jowls. I don't think your side effects sound that severe, so you should bounce back when the Botox wears off.
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How are you doing? Any improvement in the last couple weeks? Im just watching my cheeks drop further down my face :o( my 10 year old daughter asked why I look so different :o( I just hope now that I am at the 3 month mark it starts to improve and not get worse. Did you cheeks come up at all?
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My face continues to 'widen' as I get more muscle function back. So cheek drop from the sides is improving. But the inner drop from near the nose isn't improving. If your cheek drop is from the sides, then I'm sure that it will improve. But I think it could take up to six months, unfortunately. The next timeline for me is the nine-month mark, and I'm just trying to be patient for that. Hang in there. I'm sorry that your daughter is noticing. :-( It's awful when this happens, both because Botox is perceived as safe and something you do on your lunch hour, and also because the doctors throw out statistics for how long this can last, which means nothing for people in our situations. In the end, we just have to take care of ourselves as best we can.
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My heart goes out to you when I read your comments. I talked to my dermatologist today that did my injections she told me I needed to see a neurologist because this type of muscle weakness is unheard of ??? have you seen a neurologist?
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I found a little info on cheek ptosis (cheek drop) over on this forum post:

Botox for crows feet side effects

Hope that helps!

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