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Will I Get Permanent Side Effects if I Try Botox?

Is it possible to try Botox just once and not have permanent effect on the area if you don't keep up the injections? I'm thinking of Botox for the first time.

ANSWER

No permanent changes from Botox

Botox used only a few times is unlikely to cause permanent problems - outside of complications (it is possible - though extremely unusual - to have a hematoma from a botox injection that may leave some scar tissue or contour deformity). Botox itself usually does not have an effect that lasts beyond six months. There is some discussion that being treated for years with Botox can cause some atrophy (weakening and shrinking) of the muscles it is used to treat but this is usually a subtle change after long-term usage. I hope this helps.

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