What Causes Botox to Freeze Your Face?

The reason why so many people are too scared to try Botox injections is that they are worried about their face “freezing”. While the risk is minimal if you see a reputable dermatologist or cosmetic specialist, it can be high if the person doing it is unqualified or inexperienced.

A “frozen” face is something you may have for many months but is not permanent. However, for those few months, you may field a few strange looks. Here’s why people can suffer from a frozen face after Botox.

Your Doctor Used a Template

There is no “one size fits all” approach to Botox, but when you take a course on how to inject Botox, that’s sometimes the teaching process. Many people learn how to apply Botox by filling in the areas of a standard template. However, that’s not how the average person’s face works.

That’s how over-filling, muscle paralysis, and a frozen face can occur. Your doctor can inject too much or not enough Botox into an area of your face – based on how they would have done it on the template. That may not suit your face.

If you are unsure about whether to use a particular specialist, take note of their patients. Does their Botox look natural? If you don’t like the results of their previous “work”, then try to find another experienced Botox specialist.

Your Doctor Didn’t Customise the Experience

Similar to using a template, a way in which to get that “frozen” look on your face with Botox is by your doctor failing to consider your unique face shape. When you make your appointment, the specialist should be analysing your face, facial muscles, and asking about the look you’re going for. If they don’t, then how do they know when enough Botox is enough for you?

The Wrong Pattern

There is a particular pattern that Botox specialists follow to ensure your muscle movements remain natural. If, for example, they inject Botox in a pattern that causes your cheeks to sag, your face won’t rest or move naturally. Instead, your cheeks can appear chipmunk-like, and your eyes may even appear hollow.

With the proper amount of Botox injected – and in the right pattern – you should be able to move your face naturally and have it appear natural looking when it’s resting. Any irregularities in this pattern can cause your face to freeze.

How Long for Bad Botox to Wear Off?

Fortunately for you, Botox is not permanent. However, if you suffered from a “frozen face”, you may be waiting for between three and four months for it to wear off.

If you want to avoid an unnatural or frozen look after Botox, then it can be as easy as ensuring you see a reputable specialist with experience applying Botox effectively. When you do, the results will surprise you.