How Long Does Botox® Take to Work?
Botox® is used to treat anti-aging concerns such as lines and wrinkles. Botox® rejuvenates the skin by relaxing lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is a botulinum toxin that is produced and then purified for medical use from clostridium botulinum bacterium. Neurotoxin treatment sounds intense but it is a safe to use and simple treatment for anti-aging. Botox® is one of the most popularly used brands in skin rejuvenation treatments and has been FDA-approved for decades.
How Does Botox® Work?
Every facial expression you make contracts the muscles found under the skin, leading to lines and wrinkles over time. Common areas for treatment are smile lines, the forehead, and around the eyes. Botox® injections smooth lines and wrinkles by temporarily blocking the nerve endings in the muscles, causing the muscles to relax. The relaxed muscles allow for the skin to become smoother because they are unable to contract. Botox® injections are not harmful to the muscles or their nerves because the injections wear off after three to four months. After the injections wear off, your muscles will resume as normal and your wrinkles will start to come back.
While Botox® injections do temporarily relax the muscles in the skin, you will still be able to perform your daily facial expressions.
How Long Does Botox® Take To Work?
The length of time that Botox® takes to work depends on the number of units injected and how deep the lines are in the areas that will need treatment. In the forehead, for example, the average amount of units is range from 10 to 30. The provider determines the amount needed on an individual basis and takes into account how deep your wrinkles are and how the areas will respond to treatment.
Botox® also needs time to bind to the muscle nerves and block its natural response of contracting the muscle. The skin may feel tighter in response to the Botox® injections working, which you may feel for a week or two.
According to Healthline, Botox® generally takes up to 3-4 days to see the reduction of lines and wrinkles. The maximum result of Botox® injections can be seen around 30 days after treatment. Results can last up to four months. After a certain amount of time, the muscles do regain normal function as the Botox® wears off. Many people schedule multiple appointments to maintain their results from Botox® treatment.
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What To Expect When Getting Botox®?
Botox® injection treatments take around 20 minutes. Your provider determines how many Botox® units you need during your treatment session as well as how many injections are needed. This is dependent on the areas of treatment. During treatment, Botox® is injected directly into the muscles underneath the skin. The injections feel like a quick pinch to the skin.
Is There Any Downtime After Botox® Treatment?
There is no downtime after treatment and you can resume daily activities afterward. However, you should not lie down or engage in heavy lifting for several hours after your treatment. There may be bruising, swelling, or sensitivity at the injection sites 24 hours after treatment but many people do not have side effects.
What Are The Benefits of Botox®?
Botox® provides a number of benefits as an anti-aging treatment:
- Having visible results within a few days of treatment
- Noticeable reduction of lines and wrinkles
- More youthful-looking skin
- Being a non-surgical procedure with no downtime
- An established name brand that is recognized and FDA-approved
- Requires only one session compared to other anti-aging treatments
Am I a Good Candidate For Botox®?
Almost anyone can receive Botox® treatment regardless of age. You are a good candidate for Botox® if you have moderate to severe wrinkles in between the eyebrows, around the smile, and around the eyes. You should not receive Botox® treatment if you have had an allergic reaction to the botulinum toxin or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your provider if you have had an allergic reaction to neurotoxin treatments in the past.
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