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How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox is an FDA-approved, effective treatment to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Botox injections block specific chemical signals from nerves to the muscles, causing your muscles to relax and soften instead of contract.

Botox Overview

Botox is an injectable medication that may help eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also used for non-cosmetic uses, such as treating migraines, reducing neck spasms, or decreasing excess sweating (hyperhidrosis).

The average treatment takes around 15 minutes, and there’s no downtime. You can receive injections on your lunch break. Typically, Botox results last between three and four months. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to Botox injections. Your Botox treatment with Dr. Smith will be tailored to your unique needs and goals.

How Long Does Botox Take to work?

It typically takes two weeks for Botox to fully set in. However, you may begin to see early results within three to five days. Once completely set, it can last anywhere from three to four months, though some patients will see their Botox lasting for more or less time than this.

Botox naturally wears off over time. Your metabolism will eventually process your Botox, meaning you’ll need to continue treatment for long-term results. Also, stress and your physical activity levels can impact the effects.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox lasts three to four months. That said, there are a few factors that can contribute to the longevity of your injections. For example, the injection site and the amount of Botox injected can affect how long it lasts.

Other factors can influence the effectiveness as well, including:

  • Your age
  • Your skin’s elasticity
  • Wrinkle depth
  • Your metabolism
  • Activity level
  • Facial expressions

There are ways to maintain your Botox injections and prolong your results.

How to Make Botox Injections Last Longer

Whether you’ve received cosmetic injectables or are considering getting them, you know they are not a permanent fix. However, we understand wanting to maintain your results for as long as possible. To help, we’re sharing tips on how to make your Botox last longer and get the most out of your results.

5 Tips to Make Botox Last Longer

#1. Avoid Sun Damage

Sun damage leads to premature aging and is the leading cause of prominent lines and wrinkles. Always use SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen outdoors, and avoid tanning beds. Unprotected sun exposure degraded the quality of your skin, reducing the effectiveness of your Botox and potentially leading you to need more over time.

#2. Don’t Smoke

Stay away from all nicotine products. Cigarettes, vapes, and other nicotine products break down the collagen in your skin and damage your skin cells. Smoking also causes fine lines around the mouth (smokers’ lines) and the eyes that Botox can’t fix.This can also increase your Botox requirement to achieve best results.

#3. Avoid Rubbing Your Face

Don’t tug, pull, or rub your face for 1 week after Botox injections. Rubbing or exfoliating your skin, or having other treatments such as facials, can increase Botox metabolism and decrease the longevity of your treatment. We also recommend that our patients refrain from energy-based treatments, like Morpheus8 for 1 week after Botox, as these treatments can accelerate Botox breakdown as well in the early days of treatment. 

#4. Update Your Skincare Routine

Regularly moisturizing with a good-quality facial moisturizer and staying hydrated will go a long way. Preserve the results of your botox injections by keeping your treatment areas well cared for. Look for skincare formulated with collagen and hyaluronic acid intended to be paired with botox and fillers. Keeping your skin in good shape will decrease the amount of Botox you need to achieve your desires aesthetic over time. 

#5. Eat a Proper Diet

Skip the packaged and processed foods and stick to a healthy diet to help prolong the results of your Botox treatments. Also, consider taking a zinc supplement to make Botox last longer. Zinc is known as a “Botox booster.”

Botox Maintenance: How Often Can You Get Botox?

The recommended treatment for Botox injections is once every three to four months. However, some patients may benefit from small touch-ups between treatments to tweak their results. We provide these maintenance treatments at no charge. . Patients who receive Botox treatments regularly may be able to go for longer periods between injections.

Botox is safe for long-term continued use if the physician administering the treatment is board certified and experienced.

Looking for Botox in NYC?

Get in touch with Dr. Darren Smith’s office for more information. In addition to Botox, Dr. Smith can discuss other ways to reverse signs of aging with top-of-the-line cosmetic treatments like a brow or facelift for intensive rejuvenation.

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