Everything you need to know
Surely one of the most frequently asked questions when you are looking for info about Botox, is how long Botox lasts, and what effects or factors influence its duration. That is why today we are going to explain it in depth.
Let's start with what Botox is. Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is one of the most used substances in beauty treatments because it gives great results and is non-invasive. Due to its different components and method of application, it is used on the muscles of the face to prevent the muscles from contracting, thus firming the skin.
This type of aesthetic treatment has become more prominent in recent times, because it makes patients' faces look more relaxed and youthful, without losing the natural expression of the face.
Botox is ideal for treating aging. But like the vast majority of aesthetic treatments, the effects of Botox have a duration, which can vary according to certain parameters.
How does Botox work?
Now that you know what it is, let’s talk about what it does. Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves.
Think about this:
Every time you smile, laugh, or frown, you are causing your underlying facial muscles to contract, which therefore results in unwanted wrinkles.
Botox injections into specific areas of your face relax those muscles so that no matter how much you fake smile during visits with your in-laws, your overlying skin will remain just as smooth as you are.
This is what a patient looks like before and after Botox treatment.
How long does Botox last?
Now the answer you've been waiting for:
Although longevity varies from person to person, on average, Botox lasts from three to six months.
But this depends on several factors, such as:
- Your age
- The elasticity of your skin
- Your wrinkle depth & intensity
- Your metabolism
- Some patients experience longer results in the 4-6 month range
- Some patients experience shorter results in the 2-month range
- It’s common for first-timers to experience a shorter result the first time and a longer result the second time
- Regular users may notice the results last longer over time because the muscles are shrinking
The reason you need re-treatment is that the neurotoxins begin to wear off over time, and your nerves will send signals to your muscles again to start contracting, bringing back those wrinkles and fine lines.
How long does it take for Botox to work?
At the earliest, you may begin to see results within 24 – 48 hours.
However, you’ll experience the full effect in one to two weeks.
If you have an event coming up that you want to be ready for, we recommend getting Botox at least 2 – 3 weeks in advance. This gives you time to view the final result and determine if you require touch-ups.
How often should I get Botox?
To maintain your youthful appearance and prevent additional signs of aging, you should seek retreat as soon as you notice your wrinkles or fine lines reappearing.
Again, this is every 3 – 6 months on average.
The frequency of injections shouldn’t occur any sooner than three months in order to prevent the development of resistance to Botox. You may be able to go for longer periods of time between Botox treatments if you receive Botox on a regular basis, possibly up to six months.
How can I make Botox last longer?
Here are a few tricks to increase the longevity of your Botox results:
- Seek a skilled Botox injector
- Avoid rubbing your face for 24 – 48 hours after treatment
- Avoid strenuous exercise or heat for 24 hours after treatment
- Limit sun exposure
- Decrease your stress levels
- Stop smoking
- Wear sunscreen
- Find an effective skincare routine
- Wear sunglasses and/or hats outside
- Eat a balanced diet
Does repeat use affect duration?
Using Botox regularly may cause the effects to last for longer periods of time with each use. Botox paralyzes the muscles, so you can’t use them. If muscles aren’t used, they get shorter and smaller. This means that you may need fewer Botox treatments over time to get the same effect.
Are there alternatives to Botox?
Yes, there are some alternatives to Botox to treat wrinkles or delay their appearance, here we tell you some of them.
- Mini facelift
This process is used to reposition the skin of the cheeks, cheekbones, and neck. The Mini facelift is ambulatory and consists of making small incisions in the area to be treated.
This process consists of injecting hyaluronic acid. The procedure and the way it works, and the effects are different, although the duration is similar (six months). The main purpose of this compound is to hydrate and fill; however, it is not considered a filler as it stimulates collagen production.
This compound is a neurotoxin and is used as a counter alternative to Botox. The difference is the technique used and the doses, which are smaller.
Is Botox safe?
If you are thinking about undergoing Botox treatment, you may have questions about the safety of Botox. You should know that this treatment has been used for over 100 years, and in the last decade, it has become an incredibly popular anti-aging therapy.
Botox is an approved treatment all over the world, and in the United States, it is approved by the FDA.
When administered by trained and experienced professionals, there is a very low risk of side effects and complications.
Botox is suitable for a wide range of people, but there are restrictions that must be applied. Botox is intended for healthy men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 or older. It is not suitable for people with some underlying health conditions, including those with neurological and muscular diseases. If you are pregnant or have had an allergic reaction to Botox in the past, this treatment is also not suitable.
Price of Botox
The cost of a Botox treatment will be affected by numerous factors, such as:
- The actual cost of the Botox per unit
- The time the provider performs the procedure
- The area being treated
- The desired results
- Your geographic location
- Procedural supplies
Average Cost of Botox: $408
Price Range for Botox: $100 - $2,800
The cost of Botox will depend primarily on the number of units of Botox you receive (that's how they measure it) and the area you inject into your face.
The average cost of Botox per unit is $15 - $17 when administered in clinics and with experienced practitioners.
Botox comes in vials that are either 50 or 100 units, (a single injection tends to hold 3 to 5 units). The number of Botox units you'll need will depend on your facial anatomy and desired result (more units = a more dramatic smoothing effect, while fewer units = a subtle softening effect).
Looking for a Botox provider near you?
You need to know that not all Botox providers are the same.
The key things to look for are experience, reputation, and training.
At Cosmetica Plastic Surgery we have the latest technology, the best-qualified staff, and the best care to perform this and more procedures.
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