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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re considering botox and are concerned about possible adverse outcomes, or you think you’ve had a Botox gone bad experience—either way, good for you for doing your research. 

Botox is an art. It would be best if you chose a practitioner with the right mix of experience and extensive training. And, your specialist should have a firm grasp of anatomy and a keen eye for aesthetics. 

Botox isn’t a challenging treatment if your provider has the necessary qualifications. But, you can have a poor outcome if you don’t choose wisely.

Botox is so popular there’s practically a business on every corner offering Botox treatments at deep discounts. Often, these salons have a physician listed as the provider who never makes an appearance. 

If you choose your specialist on price alone, you can encounter an inexperienced or untrained provider, which means your risk of a Botox gone bad experience increases substantially.

In Florida, a chiropractor injected his patients with a Botox counterfeit. He paralyzed the faces of two patients, and they were rushed to a paralysis recovery center. 

These types of adverse outcomes are rare, but they highlight why you must choose a highly-trained professional.  And selecting the best practitioner in your area doesn’t mean you have to pay exorbitant prices. At Allurant, we offer a team of skilled experts at competitive prices.

So, if you’re concerned you’ve had a bad Botox experience, here are the five telltale signs: 

Five Signs of Bad Botox

Unnatural Movement

Neurotoxins reduce muscle movements in specific areas to reduce the appearance and formation of wrinkles. But, after the injections, you should retain natural movement in the untreated areas. If your practitioner places your injections incorrectly, it deactivates the wrong muscles. 

Your Resting Face Looks Unnatural

A poorly administered Botox treatment can make your face appearance of look unnatural at rest. Your eyebrows can look pointy like Mr. Spocks from Star Trek, or they can rest low and look heavy like a cave dweller.

If your practitioner incorrectly administers your Botox, it can lower your cheeks’ natural elevation, making you look like a chipmunk. And, if your “expert” injects too much Botox around your mouth, it can cause temporary droopiness.

Your Practitioner Used a Template

If your practitioner whips out a template and uses it to guide the placement of your injections, you should run for the door. Inexperienced providers often use a template so they’ll know where to inject your Botox. Unfortunately, your practitioner can’t customize a template to your unique facial features. The result? You can look frozen as though you’re wearing a mask. 

If you consult with a Botox provider and don’t analyze your facial muscles’ characteristics, keep looking. 

Your Provider should ask you questions regarding your desired results and have you move your facial muscles multiple times during your visit.

You Don’t See A Difference

Botox results aren’t instantaneous, and It can take one to two weeks for the neurotoxin to penetrate and fully relax your facial muscles. But, if you don’t see any changes 14 days after your treatment, that’s an issue. Your provider didn’t use enough Botox to give you results, or they injected your muscles incorrectly.

You Can’t Get a Follow-up Appointment

If you’re unhappy with your results, your provider should be happy to discuss your options and make corrections. If you can’t seem to get in for a follow-up to discuss a poor outcome, that’s a sign your provider has frequent bad results. 

Dr. Kat leads our team of experts at Allurant. She’s an experienced emergency medicine physician, a skilled aesthetics doctor, and an artist, and she’s on staff full-time. 

Contact us for a complimentary consultation today and discover which treatments are right for you.