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How Often Should I Get Botox®?

When you laugh, smile, or frown, do you notice wrinkles at the corners of your eyes, on your forehead, or between your brows? These expression lines form naturally over time as a result of your facial muscles moving and creasing your skin. Botox® effectively smooths lines and wrinkles for a youthful, refreshed appearance. It is one of the world’s most popular aesthetic treatments because it addresses a universal problem quickly and easily. 

What is Botox®?

Botox® is an injectable treatment sometimes referred to as a neurotoxin or neuromodulator. It uses a compound called botulinum toxin, although this name makes it sound harmful, while in reality, the doses used are extremely tiny, and Botox® has been safely used for decades. Botox® is a cosmetic treatment used to reduce the appearance of expression lines without surgery or recovery time. 

Along with its aesthetic uses, Botox® has numerous medical uses, including the treatment of eye muscle problems, migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and many other issues. Part of its effectiveness is that it remains in the spot where it was injected, so its effects are localized to the treatment area. Botox® can be used to precisely target the muscles that cause your facial wrinkles without affecting the natural movement of your other facial muscles.

What Does Botox® Do?

Botox® is called a neurotoxin or neuromodulator because it acts on your nerve cells. Expression lines form when your facial nerves send signals to your facial muscles, telling them to contract into expressions like smiles and frowns. When injected, Botox® travels to the nerve cells. It is helped by proteins that ensure it reaches its target. 


When it reaches the nerve, Botox® tells it to stop sending signals to the targeted muscles. Without signals from the nerve, your facial muscles remain relaxed, and your skin becomes smooth. Botox® has no permanent effects, and when it wears off, your nerve functions return to normal. This property allows Botox® to be used in many areas of your body for a wide range of purposes. 

How Long Does Botox® Last?

Botox® begins to take effect within a few days, and full effects appear within about a week. Results last three to four months for most people. Some, especially those who have been receiving Botox® consistently, may see results lasting a bit longer. This timeline is consistent for most people, and regular maintenance sessions can keep your skin smooth and relaxed for as long as you want. 

What is a Botox® Treatment Like?

Botox® injections use a tiny needle to inject an extremely tiny dose of Botox®. Some people report that the injections feel like minor pinches, while some feel almost nothing. Your session can take as little as fifteen minutes, depending on how many areas you have treated. Some people receive dermal filler injections at the same time as Botox® since these are also temporary and require occasional maintenance. 


Many people regard Botox® as a vital part of their overall skincare routine, and your Skinatomy team makes it easy to relax and feel confident that you are in the best hands. A short appointment every few months is a minimal inconvenience in exchange for looking wrinkle-free and naturally relaxed. 

Is There Any Downtime After Botox®?

Your Botox® treatment can fit into a lunch break, and you can return to work or your daily routine with no downtime. You may notice minor redness, swelling, or bruising in the injection area. Avoiding medications like NSAIDs and certain supplements can decrease the likelihood of experiencing bruises. If you do, they are small and fade within days. Many people have no visible signs of getting Botox®. 

You should avoid rubbing your face or lying down for a few hours after your Botox® injections. We recommend waiting 24 hours to resume strenuous exercise. These precautions will ensure your Botox® reaches the targeted nerves without moving from its proper location. Follow any other instructions given by your Skinatomy expert injector to achieve your best results.

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®?

Botox® is safe for most adults who want to treat or prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Good candidates for Botox® are in good health and have achievable goals. Candidates may have significant lines and wrinkles or are seeking to prevent them from forming. People who have certain medical conditions or have had a reaction to botulinum toxin in the past should not have Botox®, and it is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

What is the Best Age to Get Botox®?

The decision to start getting Botox® is different for each person, and there is no ideal age. People as young as their early 30s may start Botox® if they begin to notice that the lines resulting from their facial expressions do not fade as quickly as they used to. At this age, it actually prevents lines and wrinkles from developing and is sometimes referred to as preventative Botox®. 

Individuals often start Botox® in their 40s when expression lines start to become more deeply etched and noticeable. However, you can start Botox® at almost any age. The deeper your lines and wrinkles are, the more they will still be visible after Botox®, but you can still see improvements. Only a consultation can determine if you are at a good age for Botox® and if it will provide the results you are looking for. 

Do I Need Botox® or Dermal Fillers?

Botox® and dermal fillers are both extremely popular anti-aging treatments. Both can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, they work differently and treat different types of wrinkles. While Botox® treats wrinkles caused by the movements of facial muscles, dermal fillers treat wrinkles caused by skin laxity and loss of facial volume. 

Whether you need Botox® or dermal fillers depends on which types of lines and wrinkles you want to treat. Since most people develop both types as they age, many people enjoy the benefits of Botox® and dermal fillers simultaneously. Only your expert injector can determine whether your bothersome lines require one or both of these treatments.


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Take The Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about smoothing lines and wrinkles with Botox®? 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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