Botox is one of the most minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. With more than seven million people using Botulinum Toxin Type A in 2017 alone, this injectable has become increasingly more common.
If you're considering Botox as a way to rejuvenate your appearance and reduce the look of those fine lines, understanding how long it lasts is absolutely essential. Keep in mind, Botox isn't a forever procedure. You'll need to continue using it if you want to retain your youthful look.
How long does Botox last? Take a look at what you need to know about maintaining your look with this cosmetic injectable.
There isn't just one specific time-frame when it comes to Botox cosmetics and their effects. In general, you can expect your injections to smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of wrinkles for between three and six months.
Keep in mind, different patients have different experiences with this injectable. There are several factors that go into the length of time that Botox lasts for, meaning that it may work for three months or it could stick around for six.
What influences how long your injectable works for? To start with, the number of Botox units that you get plays a role in the ability to last. Along with how much Botox is injected, the depth of the lines, your age and how your body reacts to Botox all play a role in the results that you get.
The injection site and the number of injections you get over time also impact whether your Botox injection will last for three months, four months or more. Many patients find that consistently using Botox in one specific area results in longer-lasting results. But again, you may have other factors (such as your age or skin's elasticity) that outweigh how many times you've used Botox.
Is there a way to make an injectable last longer or work better for you? Taking care of your skin by protecting from the sun and moisturizing well can help to extend the life of your Botox injections. Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen on the area if you plan on being outside and choose a moisture product that your dermatologist or skin care professional recommends.
Maintenance treatments can also extend the life of your Botox. Make sure to talk with your skin care pro, asking when you need to come in for repeat injections. Waiting for the Botox to completely wear off won't help you to make the most of this cosmetic treatment. Instead, maintain your youthful look with preemptive appointments.