How Long Does Botox Last?

If you are trying to plan your Botox injections based on how long they last, you should know that the experience is different for each person. In many cases the injections last for around 3 months, but can go as long as 6 months, but in other cases, the injections don’t last as long because the body has developed antibodies to combat the bacteria.

botoxWhat is Botox?

Botox is a trade name for one of the most toxic bacterial toxins in existence. It is such an effective toxin that scientists have found multiple ways to manipulate and use the toxin to assist with medical and cosmetic issues. However, because it is a toxin, your body may develop antibodies to fight it off. Over time, the toxin loses its effectiveness naturally, but the antibodies help speed up that process. Since antibodies seem to develop faster for higher rates of Botox, it is suggested that the lowest possible dosage be used. This allows for progressive use and maximum effectiveness. And when it comes to effectiveness of Botox and long term results, you want to focus on lengthy periods of time rather than acute fixes.

Understanding the Skin

One of the biggest causes of lines and wrinkles is habit. You habitually wrinkle your nose when you concentrate. You might raise your eyebrows when you are anxious. There are any number of habits you do that have an impact on your muscles and skin. The more you do them, the bigger the impact they have on how you look. Some examples are below.

  • Vertical lines around the lips from pursing lips or smoking
  • Horizontal lines on the forehead from raising eyebrows
  • Vertical lines between the eyebrows
  • Laugh lines around the eyes or lips

Botox helps you retrain those muscles, but it isn’t a fast process. Though the Botox prevents your muscles from receiving the messages to furrow your brow, or other habits, it takes time for your muscles and skin to forget the habits they developed. That means that the longer you can keep your muscles and skin from repeating those habits, the higher your potential for success in this area. Obviously, it helps if you know exactly what to expect from Botox so that you can help your injections be their most effective.

When you are ready to learn more about Botox or schedule and appointment for your Botox injections, call 706-235-5570, or visit the Contact Us page of the Riverside Oral and Facial Surgery website.