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Botox 1 Wk Ago - Brows Now Asymmetrical. Is 1 Wk Long Enough to Tell or Should I Wait to Go Back?

I got botox for lines on forehead & bunny line on 1 side. I felt my dr put more on 1 side of my forehead than the other (assumed there was a reason). Now,1wk later,brow on side she favored is very lifted (esp. outer 1/3, esp. when I raise them). I dont care if both brows angle up like that 1 or both are normal like the other-as long as theyre a matching pair. Its the gross asymmetry I cant do. Is 1wk long enough to give? Should it be fixed free? Should I just go elsewhere after such bad results?

Doctor Answers (8)

Asymmetry after Botox injections. It cna take up to 10 dasy for the full effect to kicj in so waiting a bit is wise. If it is si

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I would give it a full ten days to make sure the effects of the Botox have fully kicked in. If after that you are uneven, then you might need more, whether the doctor gives you a discount is up to them but I would not expect it for free.


Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for forehead wrinkles

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Botulinum toxin (Botox) typically has it's maximal effect at 10-14 days.  If asymmetry persists beyond this time it is best to revisit your physician and discuss options.  Typically these asymmetries can be addressed with additional, appropriately placed botulinum toxin injections.

Ronald Mancini, MD
Dallas Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Botox results asymmetrical, what should I do?

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You are not alone if you have asymmetrical results following Botox.  Not only can dosing vary from one side to the other, but the amount your muscle contract can factor in as well.  At 10-14 days you should be experiencing the maximal effect of Botox and this is a great time to come back to your MD for "touch-ups."  Whether or not it is fixed for a price or for free differs among practices, and hopefully this was something they discussed up front with you at the initial injection.  Good luck!

Michael A. Fallucco, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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