How Often Do People Usually Get Botox?
I had my first Botox session ever 2 weeks ago and was really happy with the result. Do patients usually go back to their doctor's office soon after the results wear off? Botox is relatively costly, so I may have to wait a little until I have enough cash for another session, but I'm curious about how many people go back for more treatments after 6 months or so.
Botox treatments are an effective, FDA-approved cosmetic procedure to prevent age-related fine lines and wrinkles such as horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet and "frown lines."
The botulinum toxin in Botox prevents the muscle contractions which cause wrinkles to form. After Botox treatment a face looks younger, fresher and more relaxed. For younger patients, the treatment can prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place.
But as you know, this effect eventually wears off.
Typically, patients come back for maintenance injections anywhere from two to four times per year depending on their budget, personal preferences, and depending on how long it takes their facial movements to return.
If you begin to experience any unusual side effects like headaches, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, double vision or blurred vision, you should notify your dermatologist or plastic surgeon immediately and discontinue treatment until you have received specific medical advice.
If you get a rare "droopy eyelid", contact your doctor right away as there may be some interim touch-up treatments available help to alleviate the problem.
I recommend you go for maintenance treatments every three to four months. Keep in mind that the results of Botox injections improve with further treatments. As your forehead muscles spend more time immobilized, they become more relaxed and the results improve. With consistent treatment your forehead wrinkles won't be given a chance to get worse.
If, after your treatment, you notice a particular wrinkle isn’t responding well enough to the Botox injections, you should ask your doctor about a touch-up treatment to correct the issue employing only a small dose.
Botox (or Dysport) is usually repeated in the 3-6 month time frame. It depends on several factors.
- If you are very physically active, you will likely need your treatment repeated more frequently.
- If your wrinkles are heavier (you waited until they were pretty bad) or you prefer a very "tight" look, you will likely need your treatment repeated more frequently.
- The location being treated. The glabella of (frown line between the eyes) is a stronger muscle and may require treatment more frequently.
I am glad you liked your result. Botox is a effective way to manage wrinkle formation even as a preventative in your mid 30's
Jack Peterson MD
Hi Marclagary, As one of our most popular cosmetic procedures, neurotoxin injections are often very satisfying for patients. Repetition of treatment depends on the metabolism of the product by your body and, frankly, how often you can return while respecting a budget. For my more "regular" patients, I typically see them back every 3-5 months, but there is certainly no hard and fast rules for revisits. I do have several patients in the practice that make a visit to our office twice a year, but unless you're consistent with sunblock and anti-aging protocols, then more frequent visits would be advised for optimal results. Good luck, Dr. Downie
I recommend coming for a two week follow up for possible touch up at least after your first Botox or other neurotoxin injection. Then coming back as soon as it starts wearing off which every patient is different but is typically three months. If you continue to stack injections without allowing the muscle to completely regain his strength, you'll have a better result as the muscles progressively atrophy or waste away, similar to a muscle that you do not use in a cast. Neurotoxins are paralyzing the muscles that we don't need But know To cause wrinkles. So obviously the weaker the muscle the better
As you know, Botox treatments are not a long term solution. The effects of the botulinum toxin will eventually wear off and the botox effects will fade over time. Typically, some facial movements will begin to return after 3 or 4 months, but the effects usually don't wear off completely until after the 6 month mark.
There are several factors involved in having Botox injections last for longer or shorter periods of time: the amount of Botox you started with, the strength of your facial muscles, the number of previous injections and the choice of injection sites.
To answer your question about when you should return for your next injection, that would depend on your budget and personal preferences. Many patients prefer to return for lower doses as soon as muscle contraction begins to return--or somewhere around the third or fourth month. Other patients prefer to get another treatment when the effects have worn off completely and facial expressions are no longer affected by the Botox.
One thing to keep in mind is that if your facial muscles remain immobilized for a long period of time, the muscles will eventually atrophy and relax. For this reason, subsequent Botox treatments tend to last longer than the first treatment. My advice would be to stick to a regularly scheduled injection routine which will help "train" your muscles to relax over time.
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