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3 things to look for – NBC Chicago

Kristin Podgorski knows that beauty can be a fragile gift. She started getting Botox when she was 19. Now in her early 30s, Podgorski said she never had any problems until last summer. It started a few days after a Botox treatment.

“It really looked like I had one eye that was half asleep and one eye that saw something crazy and was shocked,” Podgorski told NBC 5 Responds.

She returned to her longtime injector, but didn’t get the help she was looking for.

“She said, you know, ‘This is weird. This is weird. I don’t understand how this could have happened.’ There really was no medical explanation,” Podgorski said.

Photo of Kristin Podgorski after undergoing a botched Botox procedure. Photo credit: Kristin Podgorski

But there was a medical explanation, and Podgorski knew where to turn to find it: injection registered nurse Birttony Croasdell, medical director of Fulcrum Aesthetics.

Speaking about Podgorski’s case, Croasdell told NBC 5 Responds, “I probably get at least one to two DMs a week all over the world for this specific type of case.”

According to Croasdell, Podgorski had developed blepharoptosis, a drooping of the upper eyelid. This is a potential side effect of neuromodulators also known as Botox.

“The literature actually shows that in an experienced injector, the risk of blepharoptosis occurring is about 0.5%,” Croasdell said. She went on to explain that this condition is easy to treat under the care of an experienced injector.

The Croasdell Clinic is prepared to deal with all types of complications.

“If you’re getting a dermal filler, you want to make sure they have Hylenex in the room with them,” Croasdell said. “If you ever have a vascular occlusion or a dermal filler gets stuck in an artery, this will reverse the situation for you and keep you safe.”

Croasdell said that’s why it’s important to choose a medical spa that has an experienced nurse, dermatologist or plastic surgeon on-site or nearby.

“When we have complications with dermal fillers, in very rare cases some of them may need to be removed, therefore surgically excised, and that’s really where plastic surgeons come in and it’s extremely important to have one on staff,” Croasdell said.

Key takeaways

  • Experts told NBC 5 Responds that you can expect to pay at least $13 to $15 per unit of Botox in Chicago. Any price lower than that means it may not be Botox.
  • Correcting botched Botox can be expensive. It can cost up to $1,500 to repair complications like Podgorski’s. But if the provider who administered the Botox knows how to resolve the complication, they will usually cover the cost.
  • Croasdell recommends receiving your injections only from a registered nurse, physician assistant, or doctor. Not a beautician.

NBC Chicago

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