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A Bladder Infection Made My Botox Disappear

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Did you know that there are five things that can deactivate your expensive Botox?

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Dr. Wendy Walsh: If you're like me, you know the tell-tale signs of an annoying bladder infection. Frequency, pressure, burning while urinating. Yuck, I thought. Another round of antibiotics. I had been down this road enough times to know to ask for Cipro right away. But in the few days that my symptoms subsided, I noticed that I began to look older and haggard, more so than I had in years. I am a mother in her forties who takes good care of herself. I eat well, exercise, use excellent skin care, and do indulge in a few injectables to stave off nature's cruel course. Although I am a bit of a veteran in this arena, I was surprised to learn that there are a few things that can deactivate Botox!

Some antibiotics are prone to take away the effects of your shots, for starters. Botox is made from a toxin called botulism, after all, and as my Cipro attacked the pesky bacteria in my urinary tract, it also did a sweep for any other invaders. Botox was clearly in its sites. So, I marched back to the "best in the business," Jodie Emery, RN, the head of the injectable team at the office of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher. (Yes, the dude from "Extreme Makeover.") Jodie confirmed that my antibiotic was the culprit, and then ran down a list of things that can make expensive Botox wear off quickly.

"There are some things that I have noticed over the past 15 years of injecting patients that seem to help one's body metabolize Botox more easily," informed Jodie. I was all ears as Jodie gave me the top five enemies to my beauty secret.

1. Detoxifying herbs like milk thistle, garlic, and cayenne. Any kind of liver cleanse. Apparently things that flush toxins out of your body can also flush out your Botox.

2. Some antibiotics make it tougher for your Botox to hang in there as well. That one I clearly knew about.

3. Fasting. Yes, people who fast for supposed health reasons send their bodies into panic mode. Their immune system sweeps out everything.

4. Vaccines can do it too. Jodie recommends no vaccines for two weeks prior or two weeks following a Botox treatment.

5. Finally, the big killer of many things: STRESS. "Everybody is different, and everyone's metabolism is different," says Jodie. "And everyone injects Botox differently. For best results, go to an experienced practitioner who will inject the correct number of units for your unique muscle mass. It takes 24 hours for the Botox to bind to the muscle, so no gym workout for 24 hours after the injection."

No naps on injection day either, ladies -- don't lie down for four hours after the injection. No facials or massages for one week. The full effects of Botox can take up to 14 days to kick in, but visible results start to show in 3-4 days.

According to Jodie, the best time to get Botox is right before a vacation. Relax. Let that chemical puppy iron the years off your face, and pray you don't get a bladder infection.


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous January 7, 2010, 8:52 AM

What’s more important your bladder or your fake face?

tennmom January 7, 2010, 1:09 PM

For myself, I would vote bladder!

CC January 7, 2010, 2:26 PM

There’s a reason Botox wears off more quickly when your immune system goes into overdrive - it’s a toxin! Why people still use it to stay young is beyond me. Eat right and take care of your skin, but please stop short of injecting Botulism into your face.

chris January 7, 2010, 3:54 PM

I’m melting…I’m melting. haha

dermal filler training May 14, 2010, 3:51 AM

Thank you for a great post


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