Is It Possible to Build Up a Resistance to Botox?

May 3rd, 2016

resistance-to-botoxBotox injections are arguably the most popular method of treating fine lines and wrinkles in the face, and for good reason – Botox offers speedy results without the pain and downtime associated with surgery. Even better, Botox treatments are typically much less expensive than comparable surgical procedures. Unfortunately, despite the millions of successful Botox treatments administered each year, some patients still experience results that don’t live up to their expectations.

The Truth About Botox Immunity

While the vast majority of Botox patients will never experience diminished effectiveness from their injections, research has shown that a small percentage of people may have this issue. So why does this happen? Though extremely uncommon, it is possible for the immune systems in some patients to produce blocking antibodies that can essentially inactivate the biological activity caused by Botox.

The three primary factors in the development of a Botox immunity are:

  • Dosage: when Botox is administered in higher dosages, it can increase the probability of blocking antibodies being created. By using the minimum needed dosage, positive results can be achieved without increasing the risk of immunity.
  • Frequency: Botox injections typically need to be repeated every 3-4 months to maintain results, however, frequent administration can also increase the chances of your body developing immunity. Waiting the maximum amount of time between treatments can help avoid this.
  • Technique: there is actually a fine art to the administering of Botox injections. Pinpointing the ideal injection site will maximize results while minimizing the size of the required dosage.

The Woodlands Botox expert Dr. Wesley T. Myers draws from the experience gained from countless injections and an understanding of your unique physiology to help ensure the best possible results after your first treatment and many treatments thereafter.

Alternatives to Botox

Despite efforts to avoid it, a very small number of patients may still develop an immunity to Botox. The good news is, there are non-surgical alternatives to Botox that may be more successful. Dysport and Xeomin, while derived from the same root toxin as Botox, have different molecular compositions and may work in cases where Botox injections fail.

If you’re one of the few to experience issues with Botox injections, don’t give up. Dr. Myers can explain all of the potential alternative treatments and find the right one for you. Call today for a consultation.

Looking for a non-surgical way to restore youth to your face? The Woodlands Botox expert Dr. Wesley T. Myers can help. Call us today at 936.539.8115 for your consultation.