Botox stories going wrong are happening time and time again. Study’s are showing that the wrong muscle is being injected and reducing the appearance of wrinkles but also leaving people paralysed in the face. People who are constantly looking for the cost of botox and cheap prices for botox in their capital cities are falling fowl of this.

There is an illness called bells palsy where due to swelling in the nerve root parts of the face get paralysed. With this being the case, it mimics a bad botox job as they call it. Australian’s are now seeing a rise in shotty cosmetic practices, good salespeople and underqualified practitioners injecting till the cows come home. So in droves! What has this done? Well, we see the effects of that in our clinical studios.

Studies in 2016 at the Wisconsin madison University showed that botox can migrate to other parts of the face and body. The target cells where botox is injected into are not the only places where botox works.

In rare cases, severe cases of botulism can occur. Botulism is essentially permanent facial paralysis where your mouth muscles are rendered unfixable. This is super rare and needs specialist care. However, what is interesting is how this patient in 2016 came about.

According to the case study she had been injected by a backyard operator and had been having too much botox in her muscles. She was complaining of the treatment not working and loved the frozen look. It is suspected that doctors and nurses sometimes view these patients as cash cows and continue to inject as per the patient’s request. They don’t stop injecting and bang. Things get worse in a flash.

This patient is now having to wear mouthguards, cannot talk properly and looks like her face is paralysed. She is having to leave her workplace as she sometimes is having minor seizures as a result of her treatment. This is now becoming a common problem for her and wants to seek out proper help. 

Her speech was affected and was made to feel very self-conscious. Having had this treatment in the back of her makeup shop has really made her rethink as to why she got this treatment done in the first place.

Jay Waterman was having treatment for cervical dystonia. She was having contractures in her neck muscles and the treatment was done with her neurology physician.

The amount of botox needed is quiet allot and the cost of botox can be severely debilitating. This person decided to have botox for aesthetic purposes and then the doctor thought along with cervical dystonia it tipped her over the edge. She was left with botulinum.

As a result, her facial muscles were left paralysed. Her speech was affected and she also became a burden on the health system. She started to have many other complications and was kept housebound for 2 years. In her search for answers, she found that suffering blurred vision and drooping of eyelids and sore skin of the face was a big issue. She then started off complaining of stabbing pains in her head and the botox treatment giving her chills and diarrhoea. She started also having heart palpitations. These are all rare occurrences now and one must see light in the way she had botox.

The patient admitted having extra botox done for aesthetic purposes without an oversight with her neurologist. She would have addtional treatment in the back of a nail salon and loved the initial outcomes but it is thought that the build up of botox in the system finally contributed to her tipping over into botulininism. 

This next person was trialling botox according to her friend’s love for it. She had her eye completely shut and was unable to attend runway shows and make media appearances. She trusted her friend’s recommendation of going to someone in a hair salon. This was never going to be a good experience. Within a few days, her eye started to droop and within a month, it was completely shut. She had to wear an eye patch and it lasted for over 2 months. The reason behind this was the injections went too deep and the injections were done right on top of the periosteum. What that created was dripping of the botulinum toxin to the upper eye lid. It caused a big shift in the way the muscles would react as it reached the upper eyelid muscles very easily rather than just staying in the eyebrow muscles.

The place she visited didn’t know how to manage the complication which threw salt into her wounds. What was learnt from this that iodipine could have helped the outcome but it didn’t? She never felt more beautiful at the time she was having treatment hence really should have not been treated. The patient admitted that her experience would have been different had she just gone to her regular doctor. It is the only way to treat yourself and not have complications later on in your treatment program. 

2 years have passed and this patient is completely well now. No real problems progressed after the doctor had treated her. She realises that this was the first time she had noticed her wrinkles again. This time she went to the right practitioner and her wrinkles are softer and she has a much more natural look. Furthermore, she has resorted to using a more natural anti-wrinkle with good skincare and antioxidant moisturiser.


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