Do you have wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, or other unsightly signs of aging? You may be considering Botox to remedy your appearance concerns. However, you may also want to know if this cosmetic treatment can deliver your desired results before you feel comfortable getting the procedure.
In this article, we’ll show before and after pictures, discuss what can affect the longevity and effectiveness of your Botox results, and more.
Botox Before and After
Below are before and after photos of Botox injections across many parts of the face.
Frown lines are vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows. Like the other dynamic wrinkles, frown lines are the byproduct of repetitive muscle movement and often appear when you make certain facial expressions. However, with age, these lines may be visible even when your face is relaxed. A Botox treatment will reduce the appearance of these lines and give your face a smoother, more youthful look.
Crow’s feet are wrinkles at the corner of the eyes that result and become visible from repetitive facial expressions like smiling or laughing. They get their name because the way the wrinkles bracket off of each other, they resemble the look of a crow’s foot. Botox will relax the underlying muscle and cause your skin to look smoother.
Forehead lines are horizontal lines that appear on the forehead. Much like frown lines and crow’s feet, these lines are typically visible when making certain facial expressions, but with age, can be visible constantly. Botox relaxes the muscles in your forehead and smoothes the overlying skin, which causes your forehead to have less prominent lines.
How Long Does it Take for Botox to Work?
In most cases, you’ll begin to see Botox results roughly 3 to 5 days after your cosmetic treatment. Usually, the full results are evident between 10 and 14 days post-procedure. There is a waiting period because it takes time for the Botox to connect to your muscles and nerves before they can make them relax and move to achieve a smoother and more youthful appearance.
How it Feels When Botox Starts Working
Initially, there will be a stinging sensation after the injection, but it will quickly subside. After that, a combination of tingling and tightness will be the primary sensations you’ll experience. Those sensations are how you’ll know your Botox is working.
How Long Do Botox Results Last?
On average, your Botox results should last about 3 to 4 months. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Some Botox recipients can maintain their results for longer, especially if it’s a second treatment, and some for shorter depending upon how well they take care of their skin.
Below, we’ll cover the factors that influence the results of your Botox.
Factors That Affect Botox Results
Botox tends to wear off faster in parts of the face that are more active. On average, Botox results in the foreheads and the eyebrows last longer than other injection sites on the face.
A lower dosage of Botox will not last as long compared to larger doses. In addition, if your target area for Botox requires more than one injection, it will more than likely make the results last longer.
Your body is one of the most prominent factors that affect your Botox results. Specifically genetics, age, but most importantly, your metabolism affects how your body metabolizes Botox. The more active the metabolism, the faster your Botox results will wear off.
Since Botox is technically a toxin, the body will naturally metabolize the Botox over 3-4 months, which is why Botox results eventually fade.
How to Make Botox Results Last Longer
With proper maintenance and care, it is possible to prolong your Botox results. Below, we’ll break down factors that can protect your skin and prolong your Botox results.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Sun damage typically affects the superficial layer of skin, which causes wrinkles. Since these wrinkles don’t result from facial movement and aren’t connected to the underlying muscles, these will form regardless of your Botox treatment if you don’t protect your skin. The UVA and UVB rays from the sun can be very damaging to your skin. UV light causes damaging inflammation that damages the skin on the cellular level.
Avoid Facial Strain
Strenuous facial movements, or exercise in general, can prevent your Botox from connecting to your muscles correctly. These movements can cause the Botox to move to other parts of your face where it isn’t supposed to go. The increased blood flow from the activity will cause your body to metabolize the Botox before it can connect to your muscles, which will eliminate your potential results. This can cause various issues, including temporary facial paralysis, drooping eyelids, and more.
Use the Right Skin-Care Products
Prioritize a skin-care routine that incorporates collagen-boosting products to help strengthen your skin. This includes staying hydrated and moisturizing your skin. Applying sunscreen to protect against the free radicals from the sun’s UV rays is also helpful for extending your Botox results.
It’s also beneficial for you to stay hydrated after your cosmetic treatment to promote the water-absorption effect of hyaluronic-based fillers. This is beneficial for helping your skin look plump and smooth.
Smoking expedites the age of your skin. Essentially, smoking defeats the purpose of getting a Botox injection because it deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients; it makes wrinkles and lines re-appear faster, and it will make age spots appear sooner. In most cases, smoking will undo the progress made by Botox.
Schedule a Consultation with Elite Facial Plastic Surgery
If you’re ready to remove the wrinkles, fine lines, and signs of aging from your face, effective Botox injections at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery can help. Our non-invasive procedures are effective, fast, and with low downtime. You’ll be back to your regular routine in no time. Botox will rejuvenate your face and give you a new, youthful look.
To discuss your options with a double-board certified plastic surgeon and the Botox results you can expect, call Dr. Dominic Castellano today at (813) 547-6992.