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Botox - How Long Before Numbness and Drooping Wears Off?

I have had Botox previously and they only did inbetween my eyebrows and the few lines above that area. Now, I went back and the new DR there, injected my entire forehead and my upper lip. I have no feeling whatsoever in those areas.

Not only do I have the droopy eyelids, I can not feel my upper lip. I am having trouble eating, drinking etc. I can't even whistle! What can I do?? I had no problems from the first treatment 8 months ago. Do I have to wait that long without feeling in my face and not being able to eat or drink or even smile right?

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Fortunately the results are completely patient and you will return to normal


Fortunately the results are completely patient and you will return to normal. There are eye drops that may help temporarily to stimulate your upper eyelid muscle to contract and raise your eyelid if the droopiness is due to a direct effect on the eyelid muscle. If, however, it is due to an imbalance of your eyebrow raising/lowering (forehead) muscles, then the drops will not work.

You may have the impression that you cannot "feel" your lip, but Botox does not effect the nerves that carry sensation, rather only the nerves that carry the signals to muscles to move.

You don't have to give up on ever having Botox again, just be sure that you discuss your recent results thoroughly with your (next) treating physician.

Coral Springs Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Unfortunately there is not much you can do. The Botox...


Unfortunately there is not much you can do. The Botox will wear off in about 3-4 months. You will probably notice some improvement before then as the muscles start to come back. Unfortunately though there is no way to reverse Botox so it will just have to 'wear off'.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Botox Injections


The great thing about Botox is that it always goes away.  The bad thing is that it may take several weeks to months.  Please make sure that you are injected by an experienced board certified physician.  Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

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It will most likely wear off before the Botox does


Botox has very few side effects; however, one of the most troubling to patients is when an eyelid droops. This side effect is rare and happens less than 1% of the time. The drooping eyelid syndrome is not permanent. It will most likely wear off before the Botox does. If eyelid drooping starts three to four days after the injection, it will most likely last three to six weeks. If the drooping begins four to six days after the injection, it should go away faster. In the time it takes to wear off, the doctor might prescribe a medication by way of an eye drop that may reduce the drooping.

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The effects of Botox usually dissipate within 3-4 months. However, I have never heard of patients becoming numb from the Botox.  Very unusual, are you sure it was Botox?

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Be patient- your Botox results will wear off



These days, many doctors are offering Botox treatment. It is important to remember that Botox is still a medical procedure and one that should only be performed by physicians who have great deal of experience with this medicine. I'm sorry to hear that you develop these problems with Botox. The bad news is that not a great deal can be done to reverse the symptoms. The good news is that Botox will eventually wear off in 4 to 6 months. Although it may be tough to do at this time I would counter blessings that these are not permanent changes and next time doublecheck your doctor's credentials and level of experience with this medical procedure

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Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Be Patient and Always Check Credentials!!!


Sorry to hear about your results. When BOTOX Cosmetic is administered correctly by a trained and experienced injector, there should be a very low chance of adverse results. From what it sounds like, I would check the credentials of this new injector and see what type of experience they actually have with the use of BOTOX.


Because BOTOX affects motor nerves, it is rare to have numbness following treatment. The droopy eyelid might be able to be treated depending on whether it is a drooping eyelid or a drooping brow. You should see the treating physician and have he/she address this. If they are not comfortable treating this adverse outcome, ask them to recommend someone who is. As for the drooling, treatment around the mouth can be tricky and overtreatment can lead to inability to form a tight seal of the lips and, ultimately, drooling. This will fortunately wear off but it may take several weeks to a few months to see a difference. One thing that can be useful is to have a small amount of Juvederm or Restylane injected around the borders of your mouth to effectively stiffen the lip somewhat. This can sometimes help with closure.

Gregory A. Buford, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

At least it isn't permanent......


This is a very unfortunate situation as only time will fix the problem. I remember one lady who I had treated with Botox many times who wanted it all around her lips for her 50th birthday party. She came in telling me her friend had it done around her eyes and cheeks and lips by Dr. Docwholearnedbotoxatweekendcourse and would I do it? I had only ever treated between her brows and forehead and explained to her that Botox injections work well in certain areas but in the wrong amounts or even in the slightly wrong place can do what you are describing. She left me and went to the other doc who promptly treated her. 2 weeks later she came back to me crying that her 50th party was coming and it looked like she had a stroke around her mouth! I told her that unfortunately there wasn't much that we could do except wait it out. Not only did she have droopy eyelids but her smile was completely asymmetric. Your story highlights the point that it was a "new" doctor doing Botox there. You didn't mention if it was a plastic surgeon or dermatologist or ENT/facial plastics doc who would understand the anatomy and inject appropriate amounts in appropriate places. All throughout the country docs learn how to inject Botox (as a source of cash income) who were not trained in cosmetic surgery. In my area there are several Botox factories with docs that trained in internal medicine/family medicine/emergency medicine, etc...While perhaps they do a good job, it would seem to me that doctors should do what they are trained in. That is my opinion and only an opinion, however would you go to a plastic surgeon to treat your flu? Would you go to a plastic surgeon if you were about to deliver a baby? Would you go to a plastic surgeon if you were having chest pain and thought it could be a heart attack? It is more likely you would go to a doctor trained in that specialty. Most docs are certified in something. Remember that. I hope that from your story perhaps some people will do their homework and protect themselves from outcomes such as you describe!

Evan Sorokin, MD
Cherry Hill Plastic Surgeon
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Botox - How Long Before Numbness and Drooping Wears Off?

I am not aware of Botox causing numbness. These symptoms that you describe are due to the effects of Botox done badly. It will wear off completely in 3 months. Sadly there are no quick fixes. 

Naveen Somia, MBBS, PhD, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Botox effect before the drooping wears off

Fortunately, the results from Botox are only temporary, so the droopy eyelid will eventually wear off in the  next few months. There are eyedrops available from your physician can help stimulate the eye muscles and open  the eyelid more to improve with the droopy eyelid

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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