My Botox for crows feet was terrible. It was my first time and the results are uneven, I had bruising, which is still here after 11 days, and my smile is altered completely. I read that calcium supplements may help the Botox metabolize faster. Is this true?
Calcium Supplements to Reverse Botox Effects?
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Botox; Will Calcium Supplements Reverse the Effects?
Unfortunately, Calcium supplements will not reverse the effects of bad Botox. Tincture of time will, but you won't find it in any pharmacies (one of my patients once called me after a few days and said that he could not find it anywhere!).
Choose your injecting physician most carefully.
You can wait it out
Calcium will not help bad Botox
If you are unhappy with the result of Botox in the crows feet, unfortunately, you will just have to wait it out. In 3-4 months, most of the effect should be gone. I am not sure how your smile is affected from Botox to the crows feet area.
I always tell new patients to come to the office 2 weeks after treatment to see if they are happy and if there are any asymmetries to treat. After that, the patients know what to expect and come in if they feel the need to do so.
You should call your doctor and see them to see if your concerns can be addressed. Good luck.
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I am not aware of any evidence that there is any treatment that will reverse the effects of Botox. Fortunately you will start to see your old smile return in 3 to 4 months. If the major problem is asymmetry, then additional Botox may correct this problem. Warm packs to the bruises will help them resolve faster.
Botox is not a calcium channel blocker
There is no evidence to my knowledge that calcium supplements would have ANY impact on Botox effects. Botox does not work by blocking calcium. It blocks the release of a neurotransmitter from the nerve to the muscle that causes muscles to contract. This process has nothing to do with calcium. An experienced injector should be able to even out your result with further treatment. Good luck!
The only thing is time
With Botox, if you are not happy with the results, the only options are additional Botox to try and even out the asymmetry or time - as Botox always goes away. If the Botox injections for your crow's feet affected your smile, it may be that the Botox was injected too deep or too medial or may have migrated into the muscles which control your smile. This is not typical with crow's feet injections, but it is possible. Good luck.
Calcium supplements do not affect the longevity of BOTOX.
If you're unhappy with the results of your BOTOX because one side doesn't look the same as the other, see your doctor for a dose adjustment.
I routinely check my BOTOX patients between 7 and 14 days after injection since asymmetries are common, and are easily remedied with an additional injection to the side that is still making crow's feet when you smile.
Doubt that calcium supplements help metabolize botox
I haven't seen any published evidence that calcium supplements affect metabolism of Botox. I'm sorry to hear about your experience, in good hands Botox should work very well in that area. The good news is that the effect is temporary in any case.