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How Long Does Botox® Last?

Your facial expressions are a vital part of the way you communicate. Your brows, eyes, and other areas crease and fold each time you smile, frown, or look surprised. Over time, this repeated creasing begins to create wrinkles that last even after your face is at rest. Botox® injections are an effective way to smooth these expression lines to give you a relaxed, youthful look. As one of the world’s most popular aesthetic treatments, Botox® is a key component of your anti-aging arsenal. 

What is Botox® (Botulinum Toxin)?

In 1989, the FDA approved an injectable treatment for eye muscle problems such as strabismus. This treatment was the first to use a compound called botulinum toxin. In the following years, Botox® would be approved for a variety of medical uses, including migraines and excessive sweating. In 2002, this muscle-relaxing treatment was approved to treat facial lines and wrinkles, starting a revolution in anti-aging. Since then, Botox® has been used by millions of people every year around the world.

How Does Botox® Work?

Botox® is administered as a series of injections into the targeted area, where it temporarily halts the muscle activity that leads to your expression lines and wrinkles. Botox® is FDA-approved to treat:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Lines between the brows (glabellar lines or the 11s)
  • Horizontal forehead creases

The target for Botox® is the facial muscles that cause your skin to crease and wrinkle. Botulinum toxin works by stopping facial nerves from releasing acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter used to signal muscle contractions. It does not harm the nerve in any way, and it will resume its normal function when Botox® wears off. Without signals telling it to contract, the facial muscle stops creating wrinkles and allows the skin to relax. 

How Long Does Botox® Last?

Your body will eventually remove botulinum toxin from the treated nerves, letting them become active again. Although results vary, Botox® typically lasts three to four months, and many people schedule maintenance treatments before their results start to fade. 

Several factors can affect this timeline. If you have been receiving Botox® injections for a while, your facial muscles are accustomed to their relaxed state, and treatment may last closer to five months. If you are new to Botox®, the lifespan of your treatment may be on the shorter end of the average. However, most people can expect to return for a quick touch-up every three or four months. 

While these strategies will not help Botox® stay active longer, they can prolong your results by helping your skin stay smooth and relaxed. We recommend consistent use of sunscreen and avoiding sun exposure since UV light contributes to the breakdown of collagen and deepens wrinkles. We also recommend medical-grade skincare products that promote collagen formation and enhance skin’s elasticity. 

Does it Hurt to Get Botox®?

While many people feel a bit nervous about their first Botox® appointment, almost all of them return for future sessions without concern. Your expert injector can apply a numbing cream if it makes you feel more comfortable, but many people do not feel that they need it. The injections are often described as feeling like a small pinch that only lasts a moment. Injections can take as little as 15 minutes, allowing you to fit this treatment into your busy schedule. 

What is the Best Age to Start Botox®?

The decision to start Botox® is a very personal one, and the best age to start is whenever it feels right for you. Many people start treatment in their 30s when the age-related collagen decrease starts to become noticeable and wrinkles become visible. However, each person develops wrinkles at a different pace, and yours may bother you at a younger or older age. 

Preventative Botox® is becoming more popular for individuals in their 20s or 30s who want to keep their skin relaxed and prevent wrinkles from forming. The advantage of this strategy is that once a crease or wrinkle is visible and etched into your skin, Botox® can temporarily smooth it but not eliminate it. By preventing wrinkles from forming, you can maintain a refreshed, youthful look as long as you wish. 

Consultations Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for you by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Skinatomy Laser Clinic for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox®?

Decades of medical and cosmetic uses have demonstrated that Botox® is safe for almost anyone. Good candidates for this treatment have reasonable expectations and understand the potential risks and benefits. Candidates want to smooth or prevent the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles without surgery, incisions, or recovery time. 

You should not have Botox® injections if you have an infection or active skin condition in the treatment area or are pregnant. People with certain neuromuscular or other medical conditions should not have Botox®. Only a consultation can determine whether you are a good candidate for any treatment. During your consultation, we will discuss your expectations and medical history in order to determine if Botox® is the best way to achieve your goals. 

Is There Any Downtime After Botox®?

One of the biggest advantages of Botox® is that you can have treatment on your lunch break and return to work with no downtime. Some people experience minor redness, bruising, or swelling in the injection area. These effects can last a day or two. You will be instructed to avoid rubbing your face for several hours to avoid disturbing the Botox®. You can resume your daily activities immediately and your usual exercise routine the next day, but follow the instructions provided by your injector. 

Do I Need Botox® or Dermal Fillers?

While Botox® is a powerful anti-aging treatment, it specifically treats lines and wrinkles caused by muscle activity. Dermal fillers are an injectable treatment used to restore facial volume and smooth wrinkles. Fillers are often used to treat deep wrinkles around the nose and mouth, fine lines around the lips, and hollowness or loss of volume in other areas. 

Many people have Botox® and dermal fillers to address different concerns. You can often receive both in one appointment. Your consultation will give us an opportunity to assess whether Botox®, dermal fillers, or both will help you achieve your desired results. Like Botox®, dermal fillers are temporary and, depending on the filler, area repeated every six months to every few years.


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Are you ready to learn more about how long Botox® lasts? If so, we would love for you to take your next step and call the professionals at Skinatomy Laser Clinic to schedule your complimentary consultation. We can help you choose the treatment that is perfect for you. Fill out the form on this page or call us at (416) 901-9392 (Toronto) or (905) 949-9198 (Mississauga). We look forward to helping you become the best you possible!

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