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How long does Botox last?

Botox is one of the most popular means of reducing the appearance of fine to moderate dynamic lines and wrinkles from your skin. Strategic injections of Botox can reverse the appearance and effects of aging, environmental factors, gravity and much more. Botox treatments make your face look taut and youthful. However, Botox treatments don’t last forever. You will likely need to get Botox injections at routine intervals to retain that beautiful and more youthful appearance.

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What is Botox?

Since it received FDA approval in 2002, Botox has become synonymous with anti-aging treatments. Botox is a product containing the toxin Botulinum Type A, which blocks nerve impulses of certain facial muscles responsible for the appearance of dynamic wrinkles — wrinkles formed through repeated muscle movement. By blocking these nerve impulses, Botox gives you smoother skin with a taut and youthful appearance. Botox is a completely safe procedure that’s also used in medical procedures to treat excessive migraines, sweating, and a host of other conditions.

What to expect during the Botox procedure

During your initial consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will discuss your reasons and goals for Botox. Based on an assessment of your goals and skin type, our master aestheticians will curate the ideal treatment plan for you. Botox isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach as the person administering it has to select the ideal locations and dosage for injections to achieve the desired results.

Our aestheticians will clean your face and usually mark the areas to be injected. He or she will likely apply some numbing cream to reduce any discomfort, and provide you an ice pack to numb sensation. Once you’re ready, the aesthetician will inject Botox into the strategically targeted locations to achieve the desired results. You may notice a few small bumps on the injection site, but these will recede by the time you leave the office.

When does the Botox take effect?

All neurotoxins take a few days to kick in. Botox injections start taking effect after 3 to 5 days, but you may notice the final results after 7 to 10 days. Most patients should expect to see the final results of the procedure roughly 2 weeks after treatment. Botox isn’t an immediate procedure, and it takes some time for the neurotoxins to block the targeted nerve impulses.

How long do the effects of Botox last?

As with all neurotoxins, the effects of Botox will eventually wear off, and your nerves will resume sending neural signals to your facial muscles. The neurotoxins usually begin to start wearing off after 3 months, so you can expect the results to last 3 to 4 months. However, this is an approximate period, and different patients see different results. In some cases, the effects of the Botox last for as long as 5 to 6 months while in others, the effects of the Botox injection may fade away within 3. Everyone has a unique experience with Botox injections.

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