I am not liking my result. If I try to move my muscles a lot, will it cause the Botox to wear off faster?
Is There Any Way to Make Botox Wear off Faster?
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Botox will wear off over 3-4 months
Botox will wear off over 3-4 months. Using your facial muscles will not accelerate this. If you are having issues with drooping upper eyelids, there are drops you can get to counteract this, but otherwise, time is what you need. Using additional Botox to balance out uneven results can leave you trying to catch up each side. Each side will wear off at a different time, leaving you unbalanced unless you continue treatment. Usually, the best thing is to wait. I hope this helps.
Some effects can be reversed
Unfortunately, I agree with what has been written in response to your question. However, if the result that you don't like is a droopy eyelid, there is something you can do to reverse the effect. You would have to see an ophthalmologist for a prescription for drops to counter the Botox effect on the muscle that controls the eyelid. Good luck and be patient if that is not the problem. Botox ALWAYS wears off by 3 months or so and it is not an overnight phenomenon, meaning that the result gradually wears off over the 3 months, so you're likely to see improvement in less than that time.
The Botox will not wear off faster, but you may be able to augment your results
Unfortunately, there really is no way to appreciably make the Botox wear off faster. However, you may be able to augment the results that you already have to make some improvements. Botox works by paralyzing the muscles. All of the muscles in the face are in balance. The Botox throws that balance off - hopefully in a good way to make your forehead and crow's feet smoother. If you are not happy with your results, it may be possible to inject other muscles to help restore the balance. However, you need to go to a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in Botox injections. The one nice thing about Botox, is that is always goes away - nothing is permanent. So, after a few months you will be back to how your were. But, please do not give up on Botox. It is a great therapy if you go to the right person.
David Shafer, MD
Shafer Plastic Surgery
New York City
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Antidote to Botox?
Unfortunately, there is no antidote to Botox. If you do not like the results, you will have to wait about 3 months for it to wear off. Make sure you return to the provider of the Botox and relay the information to them on what happened and why you didn't like it. It is very common to "experiment" with Botox until you find the right combination to give you the results that you were looking for in the first place.
No way to make Botox wear off faster.
Sorry, there is no way to make Botox wear off faster than it otherwise would. This is why it's so important to go to a conservative, careful, caring board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for your treatment. Having the wrong thing done is no fun.
No, but, believe it or not, more Botox could be the answer.
Features of the face (the position of the eyebrows, for example) are often the result of a balance of opposing muscles. Relaxing the muscles that oppose the result that you don't like (with more Botox in different spots) might help.
I agree completely with the previous responders. The way that Botox works is by irreversibly binding to receptors on the cells. This means that the cells have to turn over before the Botox wears off. I would definitely visit with either a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or facial plastic surgeon with experience in Botox. Botox can produce excellent results when administered correctly.
Wait it out
Effects of Botox
The vast majority of patients who undergo botox injections are extremely satisfied with the results of their procedure. Unfortunately, we occasionally see patients who aren't happy with the changes that have occurred following treatment. Most of these patients are bothered by soft tissue sag when there's loss of underlying muscular support or loss of facial expression following these injections.
When these situations arise, there's usually no intervention that can reverse the effect of botox or accelerate its degradation. Fortunately botox isn't permanent. The effect of botox typically takes 3 to 4 months to disappear. In some cases where botox has caused droopy eyelids, prescription eye drops that effect mullers muscle can be used to reverse the impact of botox.
In most cases, waiting until the botox loses its biologic effect is the only option available. Under these circumstances it's important to stay close to your physician. Your physician should be able to help you get through the experience.
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