by Botox Edu
There’s good news and bad about Botox: it doesn’t last forever. That’s bad, of course, because you have to regularly spend money for Botox injections if you want to maintain its powerful wrinkle-reducing impact. It’s good that the effect is only temporary, however, if you get botched Botox. You don’t have to worry because your skin and muscles will return to normal after a few months.
So exactly how long does Botox last? The length of results depends on how the product is applied and what dosage is used.
The face contains 43 muscles, and the right dosage range is different for each area. Within each area of the face, the right dosage can vary too.
Here’s an example: crow’s feet around the eyes usually take 8 to 14 units on each side. The muscle group between the eyebrows — called the glabella area — contains stronger muscles that need 18 to 36 units for maximum effect.
Not surprisingly, your body’s particular characteristics have an impact on the question of how long Botox lasts. If you have thick muscles, more injections are required to get the desired effect than if you have thinner ones. Rather than injecting deeper into thick muscles, more injections are done to ensure that the same safety standards are met.
Athletic patients may see the results from Botox injections fade faster. That’s because active bodies heal faster and therefore work more quickly to eliminate the solution from the body.
Botox Lasts Longer With Repetition
There is another piece of good news for everyone, however: Just like with many other beauty regimens, consistently using Botox makes each application work better. That’s because wrinkle-causing muscles get weaker with each repeated use, allowing the impact of the injections to last longer.
When Botox isn’t strong enough or the proper number of units isn’t administered, results may not last very long. Also, getting Botox for deep-set, static wrinkles may not give you much improvement.
So once again, how long does Botox last? When administered correctly by a skilled doctor and injected into the right places, expect to see results that last 3 to 4 months.
While this can vary widely, you should certainly expect results that last several weeks. Some say that when done regularly over the course of a number of years, Botox can start to last up to 9 months or even a year. While there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that, there’s no research to back up this assertion — yet.
It’s also true that first time users of Botox injections might find that the solution wears off in less than the anticipated 3 months. Facial muscles get conditioned to the injections, however, and results are likely to lengthen. It’s also likely that Botox injections done around the eye will last less than 3 months.
For men, larger doses mean potentially longer results.
Simply saying that Botox lasts 3 months or so covers most exceptions and eventualities.
If Botox Doesn’t Last As Long As Expected
If you notice your Botox treatment wearing off more quickly than you expected, it makes sense to talk to the person who administered it and find out the reason for the short lifespan of the results. Was the solution diluted? Was too little used? Was the Botox old? Did your anatomy require an unusual procedure? Is it possible you’re simply resistant to Botox?
Any reputable physician will want to work with you and help you determine how to make treatments worth the money and the time. Also, take into account that Botox may need 1 to 2 days to take effect and may not peak in impact for 1 to 2 weeks.
In summary, saying that Botox lasts 3 months is generally accurate, but there are many caveats. When it lasts a very short time, however, you need to take action to find out why it didn’t last longer for you.