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How Long Does It Take for Botox to Work?

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is an FDA-approved prescription injection that will temporarily relax your muscles and provide you with relief from facial lines. Botox works by blocking the communication between muscles and nerves.

Where can I use Botox at?

Botox injections are used in multiple areas of the face including frown lines, crow’s feet, those annoying horizontal lines on your forehead, squint lines, and even lines on your neck. Botox can even be used in other areas of your face to offset any sagging you may have!

What is the procedure like?

It only takes a few minutes to have Botox injected and it doesn’t require any anesthesia. The needle is extremely thin, and you may not even feel the injection. During your procedure you will have a small amount of Botox injected multiple times into each muscle that you are wanting to “freeze.”

When will I notice the effects?

The effects of Botox can take on average 3 – 4 days to appear but may occasionally take a full 7 days before your face fully benefits from the maximum effect of this “miracle” injection. So, plan ahead… if you are trying to look younger for an upcoming class reunion – book your appointment about 7 – 10 before your reunion or even up to 2 months before the big day. Botox injections can last 3 – 6 months the first year of your treatment!

How long do they last?

Most injections will last for 3 – 6 months. In the first year, you may receive treatments 3 – 4 times a year, but you may only need treatments 2 – 3 times a year after that. The reduction in the amount of treatments needed is because Botox helps train your muscles to relax, instead of contracting (which causes the lines in a person’s face). Luckily, it is very rare to ever become resistant to Botox, so you may continue to use it for as long as your doctor recommends Botox as a treatment.

Important note:

Please remember to only receive Botox injections from a licensed professional. Patients who are pregnant, nursing, or have certain neuromuscular disorders should avoid Botox.  You should avoid drinking alcohol for at least a week before your procedure and stop taking aspirin and any anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before to reduce any bruising. Always check with your medical doctor before stopping any medication.

Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about medical, cosmetic, mohs, and surgical dermatology. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed dermatologist or other health care worker.