Lifestyle blogger and influencer, Whitney Buha, wants her followers and others to understand the risks that come with opting for botox.
Around three weeks ago, Buha shared to Instagram how a routine Botox visit turned into a something much, much worse…
Buha revealed back in March how her Botox injector placed the protein in the wrong place near her eye, causing her left eye to droop and her right eye to be extra wide-open.
“This is so embarrassing, and I really don’t want to show this, but everyone’s like, ‘can we please see this?’ Because a lot of you get Botox and didn’t know this was possible. I didn’t know this was possible, either,” she said in a video before pulling her hair back to reveal the dramatic difference in size between her eyes.
Buha explained that after her usual visit, she noticed her left eyebrow wasn’t as high as her right eyebrow. She then went back to the clinic on the advice of her injector to get four more units added to the left eyebrow in an attempt to even them out — but the opposite happened.
“Ever since I went back, this is what’s happened,” she said, pointing to her drooping eye.
After initially showcasing what happened — Buha has since been sharing regular updates with her followers, including sharing daily side-by-side photos of progress and conversations with other doctors and specialists.
One specialist Buha spoke to explained that because her left eyelid is covering part of that eye, her vision is impaired, prompting her other eye to overcompensate, she revealed in one clip. Buha has attempted to patch her right eye, apply heat and vibrations to her left eye, and even used prescription eye drops.
In an update last week, Buha stated she had reached the point where the Botox should begin to wear off.
“I feel like I’ve gotten over the hurdle of like, the worst,” she said in one of her videos. “Now I feel like my left eye is looking almost normal. My right eye is still a little bit too big, but way less white is showing, that’s for sure.”
“So I’m just hoping over the next couple of weeks it just continues to get a little bit better each day,” she said.
According to the plastic surgeon, Adam Kolker, side effects like Buha’s are “rare and temporary,” he told Allure in 2019. Eyelid or eyebrow droopiness only occurs in between one and five percent of cases.
In a statement to PEOPLE on Tuesday, Buha said that she decided to share her story to help educate others who get Botox.
“After some consideration, I decided to share my story because I realized how few people knew that eyelid ptosis could be a side effect of Botox — myself included before all of this,” Buha said. “The second I mentioned that I had ‘Botox gone wrong,’ I received several messages asking what I meant and many saying they didn’t know that Botox could go wrong.”
“I felt like it was an opportunity to educate others and show them what these potential side effects look like,” she continued. “After I began to open up, I received so many messages from people who’ve been through something similar or those who had no clue this could happen.”
She added, “It’s been a wild ride, but I’ve been able to connect with hundreds of people because of it.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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