Botox can smooth away wrinkles the way a clothes steamer smoothes away creases in your favorite linen dress. It’s a safe, quick, and easy treatment with dramatic results, so no wonder it’s one of the most popular injectables we offer at SEV. But is Botox worth the cost? How long do its results last?
You’re right to wonder about this! What’s the point of anti-wrinkle treatment if it’ll fade away too quickly? In this post, we’ll explain how long you can expect your Botox injections to last and help you decide if it’s right for you.
What is Botox?
First of all, it’s important to understand how Botox works and on what kinds of wrinkles. Botox is a neuromodulator, which means it’s able to control how muscles contract. As a cosmetic treatment, its job is to paralyze the muscles that lead to expression wrinkles like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
It has been approved by the FDA as a wrinkle treatment for over 2 decades now, but it has actually been in use as a medical treatment since 1989. At this point in time, we have a lot of data and we can say with certainty that Botox is a safe choice for addressing wrinkles.
How Long Does Botox Take to Show Results?
Unlike dermal fillers, the effects of Botox don’t show up right away. You will start seeing your muscles slowly relax a day or two after your treatment. With every passing day, your wrinkles will appear softer and softer. It can often take up to 2 weeks to achieve peak results.
How Long Does Botox Last?
As with everything in life, results can vary. Generally, results from Botox will last for around 3 months. By the start of the 4th month, you will probably start to see normal muscle activity return, and with it, your wrinkles.
However, there are other factors that can impact this. If you have fast metabolism, your body may break down the Botox a little faster, which may impact the longevity of your results.
On the other hand, those who get Botox regularly will often discover that their results can last for up to 6 months, since the muscles responsible for wrinkles shrink and learn to stay relaxed.
How Often Do You Have to Get Botox Injections?
You have to wait at least 3 months between Botox injections. It’s very possible that after a year or two of regular Botox treatments, you’d be able to wait as long as 6 months between appointments.