Feelings of depression and loss of self esteem when a cosmetic treatment goes badly.

Hello thank u very much for taking time to read this. I had botox around my eyes because I had only wrinkles only when smiling. After a week realized horrible wrinkles under my eyes. I thought they will go away after 3 months when botox stars wearing off but they did. I went to see another dermatologist,he suggested to inject me under the eyes to rectify it but it didnt actually It made it worse.Did i Now I am wondering if this horrible wrinkles will ever go away or if they are permanent. It has been 5 months since the first injections and 3 months after the second ones. Did I make it permanent by getting it done twice?Is ever gonna go away? Please answer me I am feeling really depressed. THANK U.

My heart goes out to you on this.    I really think that many women feel these feelings when a treatment doesn’t go well.   It’s very diffucult to look in the mirror every day and feel okay if you are seeing a problem from a treatment – even for a few months.  You are not alone on this one.

To start with, if these feelings are lasting more than a month or so, or you have a history of depression in the past, please see your doctor right away to discuss this and get some help.   Just like childbirth can trigger depression in some women, so can a health event trigger it.

Generally, if you had very few problems in the area before, and it was Botox/Dysport that was injected, this will go away over the next 3-6 months.   Here are some thoughts to look and feel better sooner:

  • No more Botox/Dysport please for at least 1 year and then research carefully and find a doctor who will do a very minimal treatment if you decide to try again;
  • Use a good eye cream and concealer;
  • Consider getting a weekly or twice a month facial with an eye treatment to keep the skin very hydrated and stimulated;
  • If you have a good aesthetcian nearby who does oxygen or electrostimulation facials….try them…they may help some;
  • Try camoflauging your eye area with a pair of really fun, fashion glasses for a few months;
  • Don’t blame yourself –  as long as you followed your doctor’s instructions, you did nothing wrong!

Good luck!  Dr. I



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