Botox resistance, or immunity, is a rare phenomenon that affects a small percentage of patients who receive injections. Estimates suggest that only 1 to 3% of those injected will develop antibodies that block the toxin's effects. In some cases, the results may not be optimal due to other factors such as loss of collagen and skin elasticity, inadequate dosage, incorrect injection site, or ineffective product due to improper storage. It is important to note that true Botox resistance is usually caused by excessive use of the product.
When Botox is used too often, the muscles become tolerant to the treatment and its effectiveness is reduced. If you think you may be overusing Botox, try reducing your dosage and see if your results improve. Clinical trials conducted by the manufacturers showed that no more than 1.5% of patients developed any “neutralizing antibodies” against the drug. This occurs when the immune system recognizes the botulinum toxin and deactivates it, so it doesn't work as well. You may need more to achieve the same effect, or your muscles may continue to tighten after Botox injections.
If you don't see the desired results from your Botox treatments, contact a professional for help. It is also important to be aware of unethical suppliers who sell “Botox” at a discount which is too diluted to be effective. To reduce the risk of developing immunity to Botox due to excessive use, ask your provider to give you the lowest dose of Botox for maximum effect. Researchers use different functional, serological and experimental tests in clinical settings to confirm the presence of antibodies against Botox, but there are no tests available on the market yet. 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 and wait for the effects to wear off than it is to overtreat.
Additionally, some patients may respond better to Dysport than BOTOX (and vice versa), even though the two products are very similar. If you experience any side effects after receiving a Botox injection, it's important to seek medical attention right away. Knowing the signs and symptoms of Botox resistance can help you get treatment as soon as possible.