The effects of a Botox procedure are not immediately apparent – results start to appear two to four days after treatment and continue to develop for a week or two afterward. There is no hard-and-fast rule – Botox simply affects people differently, and naturally, the quantity of Botox administered is also a factor.
Experienced practitioners are typically conservative in the choice of how much Botox to administer – it’s easy to reapply small quantities afterward if needed, but if the initial dose is too large you may have no choice but to wait for the effects to gradually fade away. The effects of a Botox treatment typically lasts anywhere from three to five months, so you could have a long wait.
Planning on a Touch-Up
Touch-ups are also often needed to maintain perfectly symmetrical results – it can be difficult to predict exactly the effect of a Botox injection, so practitioners will often plan on applying additional small doses of Botox after the primary treatment, to correct for small differences in muscle behavior, and to adjust for any unbalanced or unnatural looking results.
Using Other Procedures to Augment Botox
It’s also possible to combine the use of Botox with other non-invasive or minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures. Dermal filler products can be used alongside Botox, to supply additional bulk beneath the skin, or to contour and enhance facial features. If you choose a practitioner who’s experienced in both procedures they will be able to help you achieve results beyond what is possible using only Botox or dermal fillers.
When is it Time to Repeat the Procedure?
When you see the effects of your Botox start to diminish, typically by the slow reappearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or by your skin starting to loosen up and look less smooth, it will be time to make another appointment to have your Botox re-applied. Here too it’s difficult to predict the delay between treatments – your experience and results will provide the best guide here. Four months is often given as the best estimate for how long Botox will last, but this depends very much on each person and their expectations.
How to Maximize the Period Between Touch-Ups
You can do several things to help prolong the effects of your Botox and delay having to re-apply it. We recommend avoiding sun exposure – direct as well as indirect and applying sunscreen as part of your daily regimen. Regular use of moisturizers can help to keep your skin looking youthful, and delay the need for Botox to be applied. A healthy and well-balanced diet, keeping active, and trying to reduce stress can all contribute to a healthier complexion.
Your Laser Skin Care
Your Laser Skin Care practitioners are medically qualified and highly experienced in performing both Botox and dermal fillers procedures. We can provide expert advice on the best techniques to address your particular concerns and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We also have extensive experience with a wide variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures and can help you choose the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective way to achieve your cosmetic goals. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation, or visit us online for more information.