Botox, is it supposed to look like this? (photo)

First time doing Botox. I asked for forehead only. She told me I should do gabella too but I didn't want everything done my first time and the forehead lines are the ones I feel more concious about. She said if you don't do the gabella, it will weird but ok. And now after 3 days and a half it looks like this.

Doctor Answers 25

More time for Botox to work

Hello rachelg234,

Thank you so much for your question and photo. We do not have a "before" photo to compare thus unable to see what progress has been made. Secondly 3 days is not sufficient to make any determination as to effectiveness, correct dosage and areas potentially in need of a touch up. Make plans to go back to the office where you had your Botox at the 2 week mark and any touch ups if needed or other concerns can be addressed. Being your first time many will treat very conservatively to assess your response and fine tune after that. I am of the camp that believes for best results overall counter balancing the forehead with the glabella region or vice versa is a good idea. Tincture of time is needed at this point. Be well.

Greenville Physician
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Thank you for your question and picture.  It is too soon at 3 days to know what the final results will be.  It usually at least 7 days for the full effect of Botox.  That said, and without seeing your pre-injection pictures, it may all correct itself or you may need more Botox in the glabella area.

Ramiro Morales, Jr., MD
Pembroke Pines Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Botox results

Thank you for your question rachelg234. I am sorry to hear about your situation. Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expressions such as the horizontal lines seen on the forehead when one raises the brows and the vertical lines between the brows seen when one frowns. In the face there are muscles that raise the brows and muscles that lower the brows. These muscles work in a delicate and harmonious balance so if one group is relaxed with Botox without relaxing the other group the appearance can look unnatural. For my patients I recommend treating both areas in order to avoid this possibility. Also it can take up to 2 weeks for full results of a Botox treatment. In our office we have patients return at that time to take after photographs  in order to assess the results. More Botox can be added at that time. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations.  Good luck!

Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
Encino Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Botox to upper forehead only

Hello rachelg234,I think that your injector was trying to steer you in the right direction. It appears that the product is working where it was injected. The lower portion of your forehead, including the glabella, is still very active and the disparity between the two areas shows a lot of contrast. Not all is lost though. You can return to your injector and have them give you a conservative treatment of the lower areas as well.Good luck!Michael M. Kim, MD

Michael M. Kim, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Botox for Forehead & Glabella

The Botox usually takes 5 to 7 days to see the full effect. It would have been a good idea to get it all at once as suggested by the injector, that being said nothing wrong with calling and getting another appointment for the Glabella and it will also soften the lines on the side.


It looks like you have strong forehead and glabella muscles.  It is difficult to treat those lower brow lines without causing the brow to drop especially when not balancing the treatment with botox in the glabella ( the muscles responsible for the vertical lines when you furrow your brow). It is not uncommon to start with a lighter treatment for a first time treatment and add additional botox if needed, so don't be discouraged  My personal preference is to treat these areas together and rarely treat the forehead in isolation.  However at  3 days post injection, botox has not reached its maximal effect so you may want to wait  a week, but there is a good chance you will need to return to your injector to discuss additional treatment.

Amy Kulak, MD
Jacksonville Ophthalmologist
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It would have been a good idea to listen to your injector as they have the most experience.  Muscles need to be balanced and if they aren't this is what happens.  I'm sure if you return to your injector she can inject your glabella and you will have a more desirable outcome.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 416 reviews

Botox to forehead

First, botox takes about 5-7 days to get to full effect. Second, one can not knock out the lower wrinkles/muscle action or you  might get brow ptosis. Treating the glabella can soften the lower central lines.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Botox - is it supposed to look like this?

Thank you for your photograph and question.  My advice is that you wait a full week before considering a full result from a Botox treatment.  My personal preference that Botox should be balanced, creating an overall smooth and natural appearance.  I wish you good luck.


Thank you for your question. Botox is designed to smooth out lines and wrinkles on the forehead. I suggest that you remain patient as you are in the early healing stages of your procedure. After a few more days, you will be able to evaluate your results and discuss in your appointment with your board certified facial plastic surgeon. Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

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