Several months ago, a doctor I trusted at a New York medspa gave me over diluted Botox without my knowledge. It is standard practice for providers to dilute Botox with saline, but unethical providers will heavily cut the product. Doing this will make it weaker and less effective, requiring multiple injections to achieve the same effects as one dose. Getting over diluted Botox didn’t happen right away, though. Our relationship began two years ago when I agreed to provide social media promotion in exchange for services. For over a year, I was happy with the treatments and felt confident in promoting the medspa. But ultimately, things got shady.
Here’s What Happened:
Before it all went wrong, I was visiting every few months. But at some point, I got so busy that the product dissolved by my next appointment. On the day of, the staff took photos for my file to compare before and after pictures. These shots require me to smile, furrow, and raise my brows dramatically, allowing the doctor to see what needs treatment. She administered the Botox, and then the fun part comes: waiting for the product to kick in. It usually takes 3-5 days, but nothing happened the following week. At my followup a few days later, the doctor agreed I needed more Botox and added extra. Note: Often, providers will administer a small amount as not to overdo your look. She carefully went through each area, distributing more. I assumed this would do the trick, but I was mistaken.
Would a third time be the charm? A month after my second Botox visit, I was frequenting the medspa for EmSculpt treatments. I shared my issue with one of the estheticians, who squeezed me in one last time. She arranged for the doctor to see me in another room to discuss the problem. The doctor was only willing to administer a little more because she had already given me “too much.” She said I could be building immunity to Botox. The doctor mentioned that it might no longer work for me if the Botox didn’t take after this treatment. I was hopeful but concerned. Why would my body build resistance to Botox all of a sudden? It didn’t make sense. Sadly, the product did not work, and I was to blame.
With nothing to do but wait since the pandemic hit, I had time to research. I discovered that one could build immunity to Botox, but it is rare. Once practices started to reopen, I made efforts to find a new doctor. Through a different PR Company, I found a Board Certified dermatologist I love. Within our first visit, she put my worries to rest, sharing how unlikely Botox resistance is. My new doctor made a plan for me that involved “sprinkling” Botox and fillers throughout my face to preserve my skin. And guess what? The Botox WORKED! Delighted but pissed off, I took to Instagram to vent about my experience with the previous doctor, and here’s what others had to say:
The bottom line is the doctor lied to me. Because I trusted her as a professional, I believed when she said I was building immunity to Botox. She also cheated me out of our arrangement by giving me over diluted Botox. I offered services and got nothing in exchange. For months I sulked about not being able to use a product I loved so much. There are other neurotoxins I could have used like Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin, but Botox worked exceptionally well for me. I also asked my new doctor about the resistance reversing after time, hoping maybe the previous doctor was right. But again, it is practically impossible. And there’s more. Within the past few years, this practice has changed business names three times. While this may be a case of rebranding, that is also highly unlikely.
I share this information with you not to bash the doctor and medspa, but to inform you of my experience. Some of you may remember who/what I am referring to, but I am happy to share that information with you if you do not. It was a conscious choice not to name the person or place because that’s not my style. I am incredibly happy with the doctor I am working with today. My new doctor understands my needs and has excelled in helping me look and feel my best. Please use the button below to email me, or leave a comment below to chat!