The only surefire way to overcome botulinum toxin resistance is to wait for the antibodies to dissipate from the bloodstream. This process can take up to 4-5 years, so in the meantime, your doctor may suggest other treatments that could produce a similar outcome. It is important to take a break from BOTOX injections for at least 4-5 years in order to reverse immunity. BOTOX resistance is a situation in which a patient has developed antibodies against botulinum toxin or metabolizes the drug BOTOX exceptionally quickly.
In most cases, when BOTOX appears to be less effective for a patient, it is not true resistance to BOTOX. If you are looking for an experienced BOTOX provider in Eugene, I invite you to schedule a consultation with me at Movassaghi Plastic Surgery. It is much safer to undertreat with BOTOX. There is no way to speed up the process of reversing immunity, so providers are often more conservative when administering the first dose.
The risk of this happening is much higher in salons and other non-medical or quasi-medical facilities, as only licensed doctors can obtain authentic BOTOX or Dysport. Some patients may respond better to Dysport than BOTOX (and vice versa), even though the two products are very similar. To minimize the risk of this happening, it is important to choose an experienced provider with a proven reputation for achieving excellent results with BOTOX, preferably a doctor with extensive training in aesthetic medicine, such as a board-certified plastic surgeon. True BOTOX resistance is quite rare.
The manufacturers' clinical trials showed that no more than 1.5% of patients developed any “neutralizing antibodies” against the drug. Instead, a BOTOX treatment plan plus injectable fillers can help you maintain a youthful appearance and your natural facial expressions. After taking a break from BOTOX for 4-5 years, you can use it again as the antibodies will have disappeared. It is important to bring a record of your previous treatments to your new provider, including the last time you had BOTOX, where you were given the injections, and the amount.
If you don't want to go back to the same provider for any reason, seek a second opinion or switch to an MD injector before investing in more BOTOX. Unfortunately, there are unethical suppliers that sell “Botox” at a discount, which is too diluted to maximize profit margins, or isn't really BOTOX. A provider with experience with both can help you determine if Dysport is a better alternative to BOTOX for you. When in doubt, ask your BeautyFixer how to make changes to your Botox treatment plan to ensure you get the best results.