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I read that after awhile the muscles shrink and cause sagging, it makes sense that if you stop the muscle from moving it eventually shrinks. Just wondering what your thoughts are on this, don't know if i can afford to use it forever! Thanks

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Re: Reading about botox and...

Some swear by Botox. Me I just can't be bothered to try it. Now that it has been around for a while it will be interesting to see the long term use issues come out.

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Re: Reading about botox and...

Most of the posts I've read are by those who continue to use it (because they are happy with the results), so haven't read about what happens if it's discontinued.

I think that reason -- muscles atrophying, sagging -- are why Dr. Perricone isn't a fan of botox.

ETA: Just checked this out on realself -- different dermatologists have different opinions, so no definitive answer.

http://www.realself.com/question/What-happens-when-you-stop-routine-Botox-and-Restylane

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Re: Reading about botox and...

Makes since. That probably why they don't just cut the muscle.

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Re: Reading about botox and...

I've used it for several yrs between the brows and forehead, I get it 2x a yr & will continue! No sagging. It costs me $500 a yr!
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Re: Reading about botox and...

I will tell you what I thought was very scary about receiving Botox. There was a married couple that went for Botox injections and unbeknownst to the dr. it was not Botox. Both the man and woman were paralyzed, speech problems, etc. and in the hospital for a long time. It was awful. This was on 20/20 or one of those programs a few years back. If I remember correctly, the dr. bought it from another source trying to save some money.

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Bangs or botox......I'll take the bangs!

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Re: Reading about botox and...

I have myfascial pain syndrome in my pelvic floor. Treatment involves botox injections in the vagina. Three weeks ago I had twenty injections. I'd gone to two other doctors in the past and never had that many. You have to wait three months between injections. The doctor I'm seeing now is the best. It really hurt like but that's because I wasn't numbed enough and his technique is more painful. There is concern about forming antibodies. This is rare but if happens the botox won't be effective.My insurance covered it. My hairdresser had it for neck spasms and it's also used for migraines. It was originally used for drooping eyelids. There is a problem if it's used too much but I can't explain it properly.

There will always be horror stories. Especially with something that really can be a cash cow for dishonest people. I see a cosmetic derm but I only see her for straight dermatology stuff.

If I ever do anything I'd use her. She's well known and is affiliated with two superb hospitals.

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Re: Reading about botox and...

That's half right. The more you use the Botox, the muscle will atrophy. The alleged upside of that is if the muscle stops working then you need less and less Botox because with the muscle not moving, you won't get the lines. I think it would take a very, very long time for this to happen to a normal person using normal amounts of Botox, unlike some actresses and models. Yes, I do get Botox.

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