Of all the non-surgical cosmetic procedures out there, Botox continues to be the most popular choice for those seeking anti-aging treatments or trying to reach their aesthetic goals. Since it’s minimally invasive and widely accessible, it’s an excellent choice for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. As a leading provider of Botox treatments in South Jersey, we’ve seen first-hand the rejuvenating impact injection can have.
However, a common question we hear from patients concerns how long Botox injections last and when they need to return for a maintenance session. Before diving into how often you should get Botox injections, let’s take a closer look at how Botox works.
How Does Botox Treatment Work?
Each time you raise an eyebrow, crack a smile, and even cry, the muscles underneath your face contract. While these muscular contractions allow you to form various facial expressions, they make wrinkles more visible. Over time, these wrinkles, as well as fine lines, become more permanent features of the face. This is where Botox enters the picture.
A Botox injection blocks nerves from communicating with the facial muscles and prevents them from contracting. The injections are done in places around the muscles that must be relaxed. Contrary to popular belief, injections carried out by a trained professional will not make a face flat or expressionless. Muscle movements like smiling, frowning, laughing, and squinting are all still on the table; your muscles just won’t allow lines and wrinkles on your face to take hold.
Recommended Frequency of Botox Injections
While Botox blocks nerve communication, its effects are not permanent. After a few months after the treatment, you will start to notice old facial wrinkles resurfacing. With periodic treatment, however, these wrinkles will become less pronounced. One aspect that impacts the results of a given Botox treatment is the number of units used. The more modest the amount injected into the target area, the quicker the results will wear off. During your initial treatment, your trained specialist will start you with a low dose to determine how well the treatment works for you. Depending on the response, they may increase the dosage.
On average, Botox lasts for approximately 3 months. We recommend getting Botox again just prior to Botox wearing off or when facial muscles just start to move. This will prevent any wrinkles forming which are present without facial expression.
Botox Treatment at South Jersey Aesthetics
Botox injections are completely safe for continued use on the condition that the administering surgeon is board-certified and has years of experience. Men and women considering Botox treatments to combat signs of aging and reduce fine lines and wrinkles are encouraged to reach out to South Jersey Aesthetics. For more information about any of our offerings, including dermal fillers, contact us today.