Botox works by using chemicals to interrupt the transmission from the nerves to the muscles. This process usually takes a little bit of time. Typically, Botox starts to work about 2 or 3 days after the injection and reaches its maximum effect somewhere between 10 days and 2 weeks after the treatment. Botox is a protein that will stay active for 4-6 months.
Now, the same question always arises… Do I have to come back and get another treatment? The answer is, Yes. The effects of Botox are going to ware off and when they do, that means it is time to get more injections. However, the amazing thing about Botox is that it tends to last a little longer with each successive treatment because the muscles that are being injected become more relaxed.
Some patients feel as though the Botox has worn off when they are able to even slightly move their muscles. However, this is not necessarily true. Here are several factors that influence the duration of your Botox injections.
# 1: The strength of your muscle. Some patient’s muscles are stronger than others. For some it may be hard to gauge the duration.
# 2: The frequency in which you animate your face by moving your facial muscles. If you are moving your facial muscles all the time, then Botox may not last as long.
# 3: Your body’s ability to repair what has happened. Botox injections slightly damage your neuromuscular junction and therefore your body tries to repair it. Sometimes that may happen quickly depending on your body.
#4: The dosage delivered. You really need to know how many units you are getting. An average dose for a woman is 20-25. It is very important to know that you are getting the right dose. Smaller doses tend to not last as long, especially with very strong muscle areas like the forehead.
#5: Choosing the right Doctor. This is easily the most important factor. Always make sure you choose an experienced and knowledgeable doctor. Also remember to make a 2-week follow up appointment just in case you need a touchup.
Here at the Prestige Institute, we are committed to providing only the highest quality Botox in Miami. Our expert medical staff will give you the special individual attention you deserve. Contact us today and experience the difference! (305) 595-2244