Facial muscle relaxers are the most common cosmetic facial procedures around the world. Of these, Botox is the most popular brand. In addition to a reputation for providing fast, effective results, Botox is also known for its safety. It is FDA-Approved and has been approved for cosmetic use in Canada since 2001.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a refined protein from onabotulinumtoxinA. For this non-surgical procedure, the doctor injects a clinically approved dose of the protein into the patient’s face. The protein relaxes the muscles in the surrounding area, which softens and reduces wrinkles. The result is a more rested, youthful, and refreshed appearance.
You can also use Botox for:
- Frown Lines
- Brow Lift
- Crow’s Feet
- Jawline Correction
- Necklines & Bands
- Mouth Treatments
Although Botox is safe and effective, it is not a permanent solution.
How Long Does Botox Last?
On average, Botox lasts 3-6 months. The effects of the first injection tend not to last as long as future injections. The freshness, quality, and dosage also have a big impact on how long Botox lasts, so it’s important to get it from a trusted plastic surgeon.
The injection location also affects how long the Botox effects last. The larger the muscles in the injection site, the shorter it lasts. For example, using Botox for forehead wrinkles does not last as long as a treatment for crow’s feet. The forehead injection would normally last about 3 months, whereas the crow’s feet treatment will normally last four months or longer.
Some other aspects that affect how long Botox lasts include:
- As we age our skin has less elasticity and we produce less collagen. As a result, Botox wears off faster than it does for younger skin.
- The faster your metabolism, the faster your body removes the Botox from your system. As a result, people who are exceptionally fit may find that the effects don’t last as long.
Regardless of these factors, Botox will eventually wear off. There is a short waiting period before you can get your next injection.
How Long Should You Wait Between Botox Treatments?
For cosmetic Botox injections, it’s best to wait at least 3 months between botox treatments. For people who get these injections regularly, the plastic surgeon may recommend longer waiting periods. Although these facial muscle relaxers are safe, your body can build up a tolerance to them if taken too frequently.
The waiting period ensures that your facial muscle relaxer treatments will continue to be effective.
For first-time Botox treatments, we have a different approach. Generally, we suggest new patients start with a low dose and then get a “top-up” after 2 weeks. This helps ensure a natural look for first-timers
How Long Does Botox Take to Work
Facial muscle relaxers act fast, but they aren’t immediate. The first effects of Botox should start in 72 hours after the injection. However, the full effects don’t set in for 5 to 7 days. This is why doctors recommend two weeks before “topping-up” first-time users.
After a facial muscle relaxer injection, it’s best to avoid exercise and massages for the next 4 hours.
Alternative Facial Muscle Relaxers
While Botox is the most well-known facial muscle relaxer, it is not the only option. Dysport is a popular alternative to Botox. They are both FDA approved and use onabotuliumtoxinA, however, each has their own unique formulas.
Consult with the plastic surgeon to choose between Dysport or Botox. While both are safe and effective, they do have their differences.
Dysport hasn’t been around in North America as long as Botox, but it has been used successfully in Europe over the last 2 decades. Dysport can act faster and may last longer than Botox.
Get Botox or Dysport Injections in Newmarket
The best results for facial muscle relaxers come from a plastic surgeon with skills in facial anatomy and proportion. They understand the right doses, treatment, and locations to help you achieve the best, and most natural-looking, results.
For Dysport or Botox injections in Newmarket, visit the Plastic Surgery Skin Clinic. Book a consultation today!