February 26, 2024 | Botox

What To Do If Your Botox Gets “Botched”

Shocked young woman having rejuvenating procedure

Finding out your Botox treatment didn’t turn out as expected can be quite a shock. If you’re dealing with surprises like side effects, unevenness, or just results that don’t match up with what you hoped for, it’s important to figure out what steps to take next. 

Knowing what can be done to fix the issue and having realistic hopes for fixing it are crucial. 

With the right information and approach, tackling these issues becomes much more manageable. Let’s help you out with this post. 

Identifying a Botched Botox Treatment

Facial Asymmetry

This could mean your eyebrows sit at different heights or one side of your mouth moves differently from the other. 

These signs suggest the treatment may not have been applied evenly across your facial muscles.

Facial asymmetry is often subtle at first. You might see it only when making certain expressions, like smiling or frowning. If friends or family members start pointing out these differences, it’s time to take a closer look in the mirror.

Excessive Symptoms

Swelling and bruising can happen after any Botox injection. But if these symptoms seem worse than expected, there might be an issue. Normal swelling subsides within a few days or a week, but anything longer than that is cause for concern.

Bruising should also fade over a similar timeframe. Large bruises or those that spread far from the injection site indicate something went wrong during the procedure.

Muscle Weakness

Feeling less control over your facial expressions is another red flag. You might find it hard to smile fully or raise your eyebrows as high as before.

This muscle weakness occurs when too much Botox spreads into areas it wasn’t intended for. It affects how well you can move parts of your face, impacting daily interactions and confidence levels.

If you suspect botched Botox work:

  1. Contact your cosmetic surgeon: Reach out immediately to discuss concerns and potential solutions.
  2. Seek professional advice: Consider getting a second opinion from another licensed professional experienced with Botox treatments.
  3. Document everything: Take detailed notes and photos of any symptoms for reference during consultations.


  1. Not all effects are permanent; most issues resolve as the Botox wears off.
  2. Legal advice may be necessary if severe negligence occurs.

Immediate Steps After Noticing a Botched Botox

Avoid Adding Pressure to the Area

Your first instinct might be to touch or massage the area in hopes of fixing it. Do not apply pressure to the affected areas. 

Massaging or so much as constantly touching the area can spread the botox to unintended muscles, leading to more unwanted effects. It’s best to leave the area untouched and follow further instructions from a professional.

Keep Your Head Elevated When You Sleep

Swelling is a common issue with botched Botox treatments. To help reduce swelling, keep your head elevated above your heart level.

You can use extra pillows while sleeping or resting. This position helps decrease blood flow to the area, reducing swelling and discomfort.

Contact Your Surgeon

Once you notice that your Botox results look odd, call your plastic surgeon immediately so they can immediately discuss the correct course of action

Explain the symptoms and results in full detail or better yet, provide them with pictures. You can also take pictures every day if you’ve noticed any changes. 

Write down what’s bothering you about the results. Include all symptoms and when they first appeared. Your list might have items like swelling, asymmetry, or unexpected results. This documentation will help any professional understand your situation better.

What are My Options?

Corrective Procedures

These can include additional Botox injections in strategic areas to balance out the effects of the initial treatment. 

Corrective procedures come with their own risks and recovery times. It’s crucial to discuss this with your plastic surgeon before you jump into the procedure.  

Patience Pays

Sometimes, patience is key.

The body will naturally start correcting some of these unwanted effects over time as the product wears off. This process may take several months but could restore a more natural appearance without needing invasive interventions.

Remember that every individual’s skin reacts differently to cosmetic procedures like Botox; what works for one person may not work for another.

Prevention Tips for Avoiding Botched Botox

Choose Wisely

While you may immediately want to jump into getting Botox, you need to take your time by researching options and the plastic surgeon who will do the procedure. 

Do your research, not just on the benefits of Botox, but on the risks as well. Ask yourself if it’s worth getting it. There are other options, such as Daxxify or Dysport that are more gentle and less intensive. 

Clear Communication with a Surgeon

Consultation with your surgeon is important to help you go over different options, discuss risks and benefits, and offer advice on recovery post-surgery. 

Choosing a Qualified Provider for Botox Treatment

Find a Reputable Plastic Surgeon

Look for a doctor who is qualified to do the procedure and has specialized training in cosmetic procedures.

Your surgeon should also be licensed by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Read Reviews

Reading reviews is an excellent way to gauge the quality of care you can expect. Look for feedback from previous patients on the clinic’s website or on third-party review sites.

Check Before and After Photos

Trusted plastic surgeons should have before and after photos on their website or that they present to you during a consultation. 

Safety Protocols

Ensure the clinic follows strict hygiene and safety protocols. This is vital to avoid complications or infections post-treatment.

Clinics should use sterilized equipment and maintain a clean environment at all times. Ask about their safety measures during your visit.

Your Botox Procedure Should Make You Feel Happy

Let this guide serve not only as a roadmap for recovery from botched Botox but also as a reminder of the importance of due diligence in choosing cosmetic treatments and providers. 

If you suspect your Botox treatment didn’t go as planned, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice. Remember, it’s your right to feel confident and satisfied with your cosmetic decisions. 

The Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery offers exceptional expertise and care in Botox treatments. Trust us to enhance your beauty and confidence with our skilled procedures. Schedule your consultation today and embark on your journey to a rejuvenated appearance with confidence.