Botox is not a new kid in the block. It is one of the most well-known non-surgical cosmetic treatments available. As a result, it has the credibility of a track record, and people are aware that it is both safe and effective. Because millions of doses are given to patients around the country each year, they do not have to worry about new side effects.
We have incredibly hectic schedules. The majority of people are juggling multiple responsibilities and are unable to drop everything to recover. Botox is a good fit for busy people because the treatments are quick and easy.
Botox is a wrinkle and facial lines treatment that doctors have been using for years.
It is most often used on forehead lines, eye lines, lines around the lips and corners of the mouth, frown lines, the chin, and the neck.
How long does BOTOX last?
The long-lasting results of BOTOX therapy are one of the features that patients appreciate the most. The Botox effects generally last about 3 to 6 months on average, with the average results beginning to wear off after four months. LIke as with any treatment, the longevity of the results will vary from patient to patient.
This timeline will differ from one patient to another can be impacted by a variety of factors such as:
- Sun Exposure
The skin’s number one enemy is unprotected sun exposure, especially when it comes to injectable treatments. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, the formula in your skin will deteriorate more promptly, which implies your results will not last as long as they should. Wearing adequate sun protection during the day can aid in the maintenance of your results — and perhaps help them last longer.
Two crucial factors are often overlooked when it comes to how your lifestyle habits influence the longevity of your results: stress and exercise. Stress hormones are produced in the body when you are under much stress, and they cause the formula in your skin to break down faster. However, stress can also cause tense muscles in other areas of the face, which means you could be developing wrinkles in areas that are not being treated.
The way your body breaks down this formula is also affected by exercise. Because Botox takes several weeks to be metabolized by your body, you will require to maintain track of your total body metabolism if you want your results to last as long as they should.
When you exercise too much, your metabolism speeds up, which can cause the results of your treatment to dissipate faster.
- Skin Care
Other skincare habits you may want to adopt, aside from using adequate sun protection, ensure that your treatment results remain as long as possible. Patients who use anti-aging skin care products, for example, see results that stay slightly longer than those who do not. This is because retinol, collagen, and hyaluronic acid are common ingredients in anti-aging products, and they all promote skin rejuvenation, making your skin look younger.
- Dilution of the Dosage
Botox is usually diluted with 1 to 3 ccs of saline solution; however, the amount depends on the treated area. The more concentrated the solution, the more exact the area to be targeted becomes. The liquidity of more diluted solutions allows them to spread into nearby areas that could also benefit from treatment.
The solution is over-diluted in some less reputable clinics, and the patient does not receive the full benefits of their treatment. That is why it is critical to use a quality, experienced provider.
- Freshness Matters
Botox comes in a frozen powdered form, in which a saline solution is added prior to the injection to get the proper solution strength. The solution should be used within 24 hours of being made, as it is generally at its most potent during this time. However, a vial of Botox can be used for up to two weeks after being opened.
When you go to a busy, reputable provider for your treatment, vials of Botox will be opened and used regularly, ensuring that you get the freshest product possible.
- Your Individual Metabolism
The length of the effects of your treatment is affected by the speed at which your metabolism works. The faster your metabolism is, the faster your body will rid itself of Botox, and its effects will fade. The contrary is generally true for those with a slower metabolism.
If you are a professional, semi-pro, or amateur athlete, or someone who simply remains in great physical condition, you probably have a fast metabolism and should know how it affects your treatment.
- The Injection Site
The size of the muscle being treated is another factor that can determine how long your treatment lasts. For example, treatments in larger muscles, such as the frontalis muscle on the forehead, tends to last for a shorter period of time than treatments in smaller muscles, such as the crow’s feet muscles.
Treatments that target the frontalis muscle on average last about 3 months, whereas treatments that target the eyes can last up to 4 months.
The smaller the dose, the faster the muscles at the injection site will return movement. For many first-timers, it is preferable not to over-inject; therefore, smaller doses are often used until the patient and practitioner are familiar with the patient’s unique Botox reaction. Patients are usually able to handle stronger, more concentrated doses with longer-lasting effects after the first time.
Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging and wrinkle treatments, and it has been used by physicians and other licensed healthcare providers for years. However, how long Botox lasts will differ from one patient to another and will be impacted by various factors. For example, smaller doses and injections are given in areas of the face that move often wear off faster than larger doses (such as around the mouth).
Botox wears off gradually, and the effects will fade over time, so wrinkles and fine lines will not show reappearance overnight.