How long does Botox last?

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Typically Botox lasts anywhere from 3 to 6 months

Wrinkle relaxing injections, commonly know as Botox is a popular cosmetic procedure that temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s used to help individuals achieve a more youthful appearance, but how long do the effects of Botox last?

In this blog we’ll look at what you can expect from your Botox injections and answer questions like:

  • How quickly does it take effect?
  • How long does Botox last
  • What are the timelines?
  • Does Botox last forever?
  • Are there any ways to extend its results?


Whether you’re interested in getting rid of forehead furrows or crow’s feet around your eyes, this minimally invasive procedure could be just what you need for smoother-looking wrinkle free skin.


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A quick recap – how does Botox work?

In the UK, Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is a prescription only injectable treatment. It works by blocking nerve signals to targeted muscles to stop them from being able to contract. The muscles relax as a result, causing wrinkles and other signs of ageing to become less visible. The injections are administered directly into the area being treated, typically taking less than 10 minutes to do.


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Non-cosmetic uses

While some individuals may choose Botox for cosmetic purposes, it has also been used therapeutically for a variety of medical conditions such as excessive sweating, migraines and muscle spasms.


How long does it take for Botox to work?

Botox treatments take between 3-10 days to start working but peak results aren’t usually seen until 2 weeks post-treatment. Depending on where the injections are administered, patients may begin to see the effects starting at around day 4 or 5.

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The initial phase of results will continue over time with maximum effects visible by week four. Typically, some movement can start returning again gradually at around six weeks. The duration of each individual’s response varies based on factors like age and lifestyle habits (smoking, sunbed use), however most patients report seeing their results lasting up to three months before needing a follow-up appointment.

Consulting with a qualified aesthetic professional prior to beginning any form of injectable treatment is highly recommended in order to ensure proper dosing and application techniques are used for optimal outcomes.


How long does Botox last?

While Botox treatments can be incredibly effective in reducing facial wrinkles and lines, they do not offer any permanent solutions but with regular maintenance sessions, you can maintain your desired look indefinitely!


Results typically last anywhere from 3 to 6 months


What about first-timers?

When someone receives Botox injections for the first time, their muscles may be stronger, resulting in a shorter duration of the effects. This is because the body may take some time to adjust to the treatment and for the muscles to become fully relaxed. However, with subsequent treatments, the results tend to last longer as the muscles become accustomed to the injections.


Why is Botox temporary?

Botox is only a temporary solution because our bodies eventually break down the molecule that causes facial muscles to relax, allowing movement to return. As this happens, wrinkles gradually reappear and will need to be addressed again with additional injections or other treatments such as chemical peels or skin remodelling (microneedling).

It is important to note that botox injections should should be spaced out with a minimum of 12 weeks between treatments. This is because frequent dosing at too regular intervals can result in the body becoming resistant to botox through the development of antibodies against it. Botox resistance is rare but is becoming more prevalent over the world (and can be permanent) so it is vital to do all you can to avoid it.


How can I make the results from Botox last longer?

Although your results will depend on several factors such as the amount injected, the location of injection, metabolism and lifestyle habits there are a few things you can do to help extend the longevity of your Botox treatment:

  1. Choose an experienced and skilled injector: Choose a qualified and experienced injector who has a good understanding of the anatomy of the face and the correct placement of Botox. This will ensure that the injection is done accurately, minimising the risk of over or under-treating, and thereby helping the results to last longer.
  2. Avoid excessive facial movements: To extend the life of your Botox treatment, try to avoid excessive facial movements, such as squinting, frowning, or raising your eyebrows excessively. This will help to prevent the muscles from contracting and, in turn, help to maintain the effects of the Botox.
  3. Avoid strenuous activities: Avoiding activities that cause excessive sweating or blood flow to the face, such as, hot yoga, or saunas, can help to prolong the effects of your Botox treatment.
  4. Follow a healthy lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help to extend the life of your Botox treatment. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can all help to support the overall health of your skin and muscles.
  5. Avoid Sunbed use: Sunbed use can prematurely age the skin and negate the positive effects of botox. If you need to use them for medical benefits (eg Psoriasis/Eczema) then consider turning off the face tubes, covering your face or applying SPF50 before use.


Are continued Botox injections right for you?

As we’ve seen above, Botox results can last anywhere between three and four months. Ongoing treatments will help to prevent further wrinkles and lines from forming on your face while maintaining the appearance you had after your initial Botox procedure.

With regular maintenance, there are many benefits that come along with continued use of Botox:

  1. Reduced signs of ageing like wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines
  2. Softened facial features due to relaxation of certain muscles in the face
  3. Longer lasting effects when compared to single-time injections
  4. Natural look over time as skin adjusts to being treated


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While results will vary from person to person depending on their age and overall health condition, Botox can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles or even eliminate many issues that arise due to ageing or muscular tension. For those looking for more permanent solutions, surgical procedures such as brow lifts or facelifts may provide better results than what can be achieved with Botox alone.



Frequently Asked Questions


The frequency of your Botox treatments can play a role in how long the effects last. Over time, with consistent and regular treatments, your muscles can ‘learn’ to stay relaxed for longer periods. However, it’s crucial to avoid overuse as it may lead to Botox resistance, a situation where your body builds up a tolerance, reducing the effectiveness of the treatment.

Once the effects of Botox start to wear off, the treated muscles regain their ability to contract. This means that the wrinkles or lines that were softened or erased by the treatment will slowly start to reappear. But don’t worry, these lines won’t be worse than before the treatment. It’s just that the muscles are returning to their normal function.

The longevity of Botox can vary depending on the area of the face where it is administered. For example, Botox used to treat forehead lines or crow’s feet might not last as long as Botox used for frown lines between the eyebrows. This difference can be attributed to the variety in muscle use and strength across different facial areas.

It’s not recommended to have Botox treatments more frequently just to extend the effects. There’s a minimum time period of 12 weeks between sessions, to ensure patient safety and avoid potential overuse or Botox resistance.

Always consult with your aesthetic medical professional to understand what’s safe and most beneficial for your individual circumstances.

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