Beneficial Botulism: How Long Does BOTOX Last?

January 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — meadowbrook @ 7:39 pm
Woman with brown hair getting BOTOX injection

Did you know your dentist is trained to administer BOTOX to reduce the appearance of aging? They use it for various treatments like to relax a locked jaw, for example, but are also qualified to apply it cosmetically. Many patients hesitate to move forward with the procedure, though, because they worry it won’t last long enough to be worthwhile. Keep reading to learn more about how long the results last after your dentist applies BOTOX.

How does BOTOX Work?

To have a better understanding of what to expect from your BOTOX injections, it’s important to know how they work. BOTOX is the brand name for a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, a toxic bacteria that causes botulism. In small doses administered by an educated professional, it blocks the nerve signal between the injected muscle and your brain, so they don’t contract. This gives the muscle time to fully release any tension, and the skin residing above it also relaxes which reduces wrinkles. It’s often used in different areas around your face to reduce fine lines. Eventually, though, the toxin wears off, the muscles begin to contract again, and your wrinkles reappear.

How Long Does BOTOX Last?

There is no single answer to how long your BOTOX injection will last because it varies from person to person based on their circumstances. Generally, you’ll notice the effects 3 to 5 days after your appointment, though it can sometimes take as long as 7 to 10 days. Then, you can anticipate that these results will last anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on your:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Muscle mass
  • Injection technique used
  • Number of injections

It can also vary based on the location of the injection. For example, if you’re having BOTOX inserted into an area of incredibly wrinkled skin, it may not eliminate lines like it might in somewhat smoother areas but can greatly reduce them.

How Soon Can I Get BOTOX Again?

There’s only so much you can do to extend the impact of your BOTOX injection because it naturally wears off. It tends to last longer after each use, though, so first-timers may not see effects as long as those who have had multiple injections. If your face didn’t remain smooth for as long as you’d like, give it some time before your next appointment. It’s important to wait at least 3 months before another dose to prevent developing a resistance to it.

Having BOTOX injections can be pricey, so it’s natural to want them to last as long as possible. Only your dentist can give you an expected timeline based on your condition. Call them today and you could potentially have a visibly younger face for months!

About the Practice

At Meadowbrook Dental Care, you’ll benefit from an entire team of dentists who share a common goal of improving their patient’s oral health. They work together to provide a full range of services, including cosmetic treatments like BOTOX. An injection appointment is typically completed in less than an hour and lasts for months. You’ll get natural-looking effects without invasive surgeries and for a fraction of the cost. If you’re considering treatment, you’re welcome to request a BOTOX consultation on the website or by calling (516) 284-1234.