Men and women who yearn to look younger and more refreshed—without surgery—count BOTOX® Cosmetic among their go-to procedures. While BOTOX is one of our most highly requested nonsurgical treatments for facial rejuvenation, it is also a procedure that garners the most questions. Prospective BOTOX patients often approach us with questions like how long does BOTOX last, and will I look unnatural after BOTOX?
Whether you’re a BOTOX veteran or a newbie, we’ve got you covered with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about BOTOX. Let’s dive in!
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How Long Does BOTOX Take To Work?
While patient experiences vary, BOTOX results typically appear a few days after injections. However, it takes some time for the active ingredients in BOTOX to bind to the nerve cell receptors and relax the targeted facial muscles. Therefore, full results may take up to 2 weeks. Many patients appreciate that the gradual onset of BOTOX yields natural-looking results.
How Long Does BOTOX Last?
On average, BOTOX lasts about 3 to 4 months. Factors such as your metabolism, muscle activity, and skin condition can influence the duration of your results. We suggest scheduling periodic maintenance treatments to preserve your youthful appearance. Plus, regular treatments help you extend your results so you can wait longer between touch-ups.
Can You Get BOTOX While Pregnant?
BOTOX is generally not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing as studies are limited about whether its effects can be harmful to expectant mothers and babies. Until there is more robust research in this area, we suggest avoiding BOTOX during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
How Many Units of BOTOX Do I Need?
BOTOX is measured in units, and the number of units you’ll need usually depends on factors like the depth and severity of your wrinkles and the size of your targeted treatment area. Our BOTOX specialists will thoroughly assess your needs before administering the correct dosage that helps you look younger without making you look frozen or unnatural.
How Long After BOTOX Can You Lay Down?
We recommend that you remain upright for at least 4 hours following your injections, allowing time for the BOTOX to settle into the injected areas and reducing the risk of migration. It’s also a good idea to avoid touching the treated areas for at least 4 hours after your treatment.
How Often Should You Get BOTOX?
While BOTOX isn’t permanent, regular use of BOTOX can impact muscle memory and help you remain wrinkle-free longer. Typically, patients find that getting BOTOX every 3 to 4 months helps maintain a more youthful appearance.
Can You Work Out After BOTOX?
While you can resume light activities immediately after BOTOX, we advise refraining from cardio and other strenuous workouts for at least 24 hours following BOTOX. This helps prevent the potential spread of the neuromodulator to unintended areas. This RealSelf article shares other valuable tips about what to avoid after BOTOX.
If you have other burning questions about BOTOX, you can also find more BOTOX basics here. We encourage you to reach out to our team of expert injectors online to request a consultation or call us at (407) 333-3040.