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HELP! Is my face permanently ruined from botox?

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I was injected with 21 units of botox 12 weeks ago. A few days after, I woke to find both my eyes swollen horrifically and new bulging bags. I NEVER had this prior. My injector said I'd have to sign a form from her lawyer if I wanted to be seen. My general Dr. believes the muscle around my eye has been weakened/damaged & periorbital fat seeped out on top and underneath. Fluid also cannot "pump out" properly. Nobody can tell me if I will heal ever. I have NOT improved. Is there any hope?

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Problems around the eyes, though rare, are not that unheard of with Botox injection. Most of these have to do with the experience of the injector. When these occur, almost every member of  the American Society of Plastic Surgeons  and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will see you back and discuss the problem with you. Fortunately, almost all these problems are due to paralysis of the muscle function by the Botox and will resolve when the Botox wears off, usually from 3-8 months. See a member of one of the above societies and discutiesss you concerns with him or her. and t 

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Dr Buchanan is absolutely right. The injector you have seems to be working outside the scope of practice to ask you to sign legal papers.

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This seems to be a severe reaction. I hope you had photos to compare your concerns. If this is due to an injection by one of our members as stated below they would invariably see you back. If your injections were done by someone else then I suggest a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation. Be sure to bring all of your records and appropriate photos. With difficult cases I prefer to have in opportunity to go over the information prior to seeing the patient.

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This seems to be a severe reaction. I hope you had photos to compare your concerns. If this is due to an injection by one of our members as stated below they would invariably see you back. If your injections were done by someone else then I suggest a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation. Be sure to bring all of your records and appropriate photos. With difficult cases I prefer to have in opportunity to go over the information prior to seeing the patient.

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