Botox continues to grow in popularity, as more and more people are discovering its benefits for temporarily removing lines and wrinkles. Along with the growing demand, more people have questions and concerns about Botox treatments.
Botox not only smoothes out existing wrinkles, but consistent treatments can help prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles. Botox blocks the movement of small facial muscles, and the less those muscles are used, the less likely you are to form deeper lines or wrinkles.
Botox has an excellent safety profile when used correctly by skilled professionals. Botox Bars are springing up around the country. People are treating Botox injections much like getting their hair or nails done. Always check the reviews before using a new place for Botox injections, and feel free to ask providers about their training.
How long does Botox last?
Botox works by binding receptors that send nerve signals for muscles to contract, making it impossible to make the expression that leads to the lines on your forehead made by frowning. However, your body is continually creating new receptors, rendering Botox a temporary fix. How long it will last will vary from patient to patient.
It can last from two to six months, with the average being three to four months. It is important to remember that it does not just stop working one day. The effects wear off gradually, so you can determine when it is time to have it redone.
The skill and accuracy of the professional also play a significant role in the results and how long they last. The fresher and higher quality the Botox is, the longer the results will last. Targeting the specific muscles, with the right amount of Botox, will give you the best results that last as long as possible.
However, no matter the skill of the person doing the injections, your own body plays a role in how long the Botox will continue to do its job. Each person generates receptors at a different rate, so you may be the lucky person who only needs a new injection every six months or so, while the person beside you might need a new injection in just a couple of months. The frequency of treatments will depend on how quickly your body produces new receptors, and your personal decision about when it is time for further injections.
Are treatments convenient?
Having Botox injected only takes a few minutes, and there is almost no downtime required. Some doctors recommend not lying down for four hours after the injection and limiting exercise for twenty-four hours. Beyond that, there is no associated recovery or downtime. Minor redness, swelling, and bruising are possible but unlikely. If it does happen, the effects will disappear quickly.
Most people describe the discomfort associated with the injections as nonexistent or minimal. Tiny needles are used to make multiple injections, but few patients report feeling more than mild discomfort. Some providers use ice packs to slightly numb the area, or a mild numbing cream. Others find it unnecessary, so ask your provider about what to expect.
Remember, you probably won’t see any results for the first few days, and it can take up to a month to see the full results from your treatment. That just means that the pleasing results you see in a few days will only get better over the course of the next few weeks.
The great thing about Botox is the ease and convenience of injections, and you can decide how often you want to have the injections redone. Few cosmetic procedures are so non-invasive, with minimal pain and results that last for months.