Thanks to Botox, people can treat their wrinkles without any surgery. Botox is an injectable toxin. It works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing the formation of new ones. Our team at Allegany Plastic Surgery can answer any questions you may have about Botox. One of the most common questions people have about Botox is how long it lasts. Before answering that question, we must first understand how it works.
How Does Botox Work?
When Botox is injected, it blocks the brain’s signals from reaching the muscles, ultimately preventing the muscles from contracting. When facial muscles aren’t contracted, wrinkles and fine lines are less noticeable. There’s also less stress on the skin, which can help prevent the formation of new wrinkles.
Patients about to receive Botox will have their faces cleansed and sterilized before their first injection. When the patient is ready, the provider will inject Botox into the targeted treatment areas. Small bumps may appear immediately at the injection sites, but they should fade within a few minutes.
Botox takes a few days to affect the muscles, so the results aren’t immediate. Some people will see mild bruising for the first 24-48 hours after receiving Botox. The first changes can be seen 3-5 days after receiving treatment. Full results are expected to appear after two weeks. The results can vary from person to person, so some people may see changes sooner or later than what’s considered typical.
How Long Does It Last?
Under normal circumstances, Botox is expected to last for 3-4 months. Once the effects wear off, the patient can opt to get another treatment. Once again, actual results can vary between each patient depending on many factors. Botox is, unfortunately, a temporary solution for fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, it’s safe, FDA-approved, and relatively affordable, so most people can receive multiple treatments of Botox without any trouble.
Is Botox Right for You?
The ideal candidate for Botox is in good general health, has fine lines and mild-to-moderate wrinkles, and maintains realistic expectations. Most providers of Botox are also educated on any alternatives for patients who aren’t ideal candidates. The best way to figure out if you’re an ideal candidate is to consult an expert.
If you’re unsatisfied with the lines in your face, you should know that you don’t have to live with them anymore. The friendly experts at Allegany Plastic Surgery can help you banish them for good. Contact us at Allegany Plastic Surgery to begin your Botox journey.