Written by Emel Gerdaneri.
Why Some People Look Natural With Botox and Others Don't
Botox is the most commonly used treatment to reduce the visual effects of facial aging.
It is used to treat forehead lines, frown lines and crow's feet, and what's more, it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
However, while some people look very natural after botox treatment, some unfortunately face the opposite situation. We asked our doctors about the reasons for this and what needs to be done:
Botox Does Not Interfere with Wrinkles, But The Muscle That Causes It
Dermatologist Zahide Eriş MD:
“Lines and wrinkles are mainly used to treat dynamic lines by preventing muscle activity behind repetitive movements. It also helps soften static lines.
Unlike filler that adds volume to areas of the face to remove wrinkles, Botox is injected into the facial muscles to temporarily relieve them. Botox does not affect wrinkles in any way.
The muscle that causes wrinkles takes effect and after a few days your skin gets a chance to regenerate, so the wrinkles begin to smooth out.
Think of your skin like a piece of paper. Fold that paper over and over, and you'll see the crease getting bigger and deeper. And when you stop folding it, it will decrease.”
What Causes Botox To Look Unnatural?
Medical Physician Gokce Haspolat MD:
“Botox is generally considered safe and can seem natural to most people when done right, but mistreatment has several consequences.
It can be injected into the wrong muscle, injected unevenly, or over-injected. The result is an unnatural looking face!
The patient tries to express his feelings with his mimics, but an erroneous botox treatment does not allow this. Some people are very expressive with strong facial movements and others are not exactly like that.
I always say botox shouldn't take you out of your facial personality, but move you into the category of impressive, but you should still look surprised when you're surprised and still look angry when you're angry.”
Can a Bad Botox Treatment be Fixed with Botox?
Medical Physician Nedim Budakoglu MD:
“Botox yes, sometimes it can be fixed. In cases where the previous treatment did not completely freeze all the muscles, this unsuccessful result of the patient can be corrected with supplemental botox treatment.
In addition, more botox can be injected to correct the existing imbalance. That's when we can use it to neutralize certain muscles and raise a drooping eyebrow or lower an overactive eyebrow.
However, it is important to remember that too much botox can cause problems. There is nothing we can do but wait for the effects to reverse.
It usually takes three to four months for the results of the treatment to wear off, but it can take even longer if you inject regularly because it weakens the muscles.”
How Can You Make Sure Your Botox Looks Natural?
Dermatologist Ebru Zehra Aygun MD:
“There is a clear answer to this question: technique is key, and so is understanding facial anatomy.
I always evaluate the patient's muscles and expressions to deal with specific muscles with precision without unduly paralyzing each individual or surrounding muscles.
During the first conversation, I examine his face and focus on his facial expressions. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee or formula that every doctor will do botox treatment correctly.
You need to trust a specialist doctor. Botox is an treatment that looks natural to everyone when done right. As long as your doctor has the appropriate training, your botox will be done correctly.
Communicate With Your Doctor and Start Slow
Medical Physician Nurullah Doster MD:
“I believe that patient-doctor communication is the first rule for correct treatment and outcome. It is very important to understand which wrinkle suffers the most, and to find out what lines it likes or dislikes.
In fact, I always advise beginners to take it slow. Express to your doctor that you have had botox for the first time, and that you do not know whether you will like the treatment or not.
Say you want to start with a small amount of injection where you'll look good so you can get an idea of what it's like. That way, anything you don't like won't bother you as it won't be too obvious.”
The Number of Units Used in Each Treatment Should Be Reassessed
Medical Physician Sule Sakrak MD:
“If you are someone who gets botox 2 or 3 times a year, over time, some muscles may not need botox because decreased muscle activity weakens them, which means less activity and fewer lines.
No aesthetic treatment is done by heart. The patient's current condition and previous treatments should be reviewed. If the muscle is already weak, there is no point in injecting repeatedly.
In addition, it is necessary not to attach it to very deep lines as botox. When appropriate, different combinations can be made in the treatment of wrinkles.
It is also possible to benefit from filler treatments, mesotherapy and medical devices.
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Written on 17/02/2022
Last Update: 15/11/2022