What Can You Do If BOTOX® “Isn’t Working?”

BOTOX® is one of the most widely used cosmetic treatments worldwide, and the wrinkle-reducing injectable has many benefits to offer—such as being a quick, straightforward treatment with no recovery time to speak of. One factor that many patients may not consider, however, is that it doesn’t always work ideally for everyone. Of course, the vast majority of patients won’t experience any issues and will be happy with their results, but in rare situations, some patients may develop antibodies and become “immune” to the effects of BOTOX®. This only occurs in roughly 1 to 3 percent of all patients, so most people won’t need to worry about it. In other cases, the injections might not be as effective as they could be because the dosing or product itself is not potent enough for the patient. Here are some options to consider if you have recently had BOTOX®, but think your anti-wrinkle injections from our Los Angeles-based team aren’t working as well as you would like.

Talk to Our Team

If you’re not as happy with your results as you would like to be, contact us. We might be able to administer other treatments that work with the initial BOTOX® injections to create a more comprehensively rejuvenated look. There’s no “one size fits all” rule for BOTOX®, and there’s no guarantee that it will work the same way on everyone. You might just need to have your injections done in a different pattern or receive a higher number of units in the future.

Be Patient

BOTOX® doesn’t work right away. On average, it’s estimated that it may take at least three to four days for the nerves and muscles to be affected—and as long as two weeks for the full results to become noticeable. If you wish you saw a more dramatic result in the mirror shortly after your injection session, just give it a little time.

Try Alternative Aesthetic Treatments

People who do not see much response to a BOTOX® injection session in their face can certainly choose to embrace their wrinkles, but there are also plenty of other cosmetic treatments that may work better for them. Laser skin resurfacing, microneedling and PRP, and Ultherapy® can help to enhance the appearance of skin and reduce wrinkles. There are also other injectables that work in a similar way to BOTOX®, such as Jeuveau.

Need some advice on BOTOX® or facial fillers from an experienced injector who’s also a board-certified dermatologist? If you’re planning to have—or have recently had anti-wrinkle injections and want some questions answered—us at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills to find out more. Fill out a contact form, or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to request a consultation.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.

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