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Myths and Truths:
How Long Does Botox Last?

A woman looks in the mirror after getting Botox.
Botox injections may be the most well-known procedure to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For many people, this quick and simple treatment is the key to keeping their skin youthful looking for longer. Botox was first approved by the FDA for therapeutic use in the late 1980s, then for cosmetic use in the early 2000s—so it’s been around a while. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem to be going out of style, even with the constant development of new anti-aging technologies. Reports like this one by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that Botox is the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the US, with over 4.4 million applications performed in 2020 (and even more in non-pandemic years). The use of Botox among 20 to 29-year-olds, known as preventative Botox, also increased throughout the last decade. In this post, we’ll go over some Botox basics for newbies and, of course, answer the question that anyone considering getting Botox has: how long does Botox actually last?

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable medication that blocks the nerve signals that cause your muscles to contract. It’s derived from botulinum toxin type-A. The small, targeted doses used in cosmetic applications have been considered safe for many years now, and side effects resulting from cosmetic Botox injections are very rare. 
Before and after pictures show Botox's effects on eye wrinkles.

Where can Botox be used?

Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of any wrinkles or fine lines on your face which are the result of your facial expressions—that includes forehead creases, frown lines between the eyebrows and “crow’s feet.” Since it works by relaxing your muscles, Botox is not an effective remedy for wrinkles caused by sun damage (there are other treatments for those). 

How Long Does Botox Last?

We’d love to be able to tell you that all you need is one Botox injection to look young forever, but beauty requires maintenance. The effects of Botox generally last between three and four  months. In the next section, we’ll go over the different factors that affect how long Botox lasts. 

Lines on a woman's face show where Botox can be applied.

How to make Botox last longer 

As we explained, some factors affecting the duration of the effects of Botox are out of one’s control (and not entirely understood). But there are some things you can do to help get the most out of an injection. 
After getting a Botox injection, your medical provider should give you detailed instructions for aftercare, which will probably also include avoiding hats, laying down within a four hour timeframe and not applying constant pressure to the treated area. At Complexion Med Spa & Aesthetics, we believe that Botox injections are a powerful treatment to have in your anti-aging toolkit. To ensure the efficacy and—more importantly, safety—of the procedure, it should always be performed by experienced medical professionals, like the ones who make up our team. If you want to schedule an appointment or just have some unanswered questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our webpage. You can also email us at [email protected] or give us a call at (252) 773-0841.

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