Loose skin and wrinkles can be very damaging to one’s self-esteem. If you are self-conscious about your appearance and are looking for help, a Botox treatment may be the perfect solution. Botox has been used to treat thousands of patients in some areas of the body. It may come as a surprise, but the face is just one of the many injection sites where physicians administer the treatment. One question many people have about the procedure is how long does botox last?
Here is some helpful information about how long Botox lasts and what areas of the body it works on. As always, be sure to speak with your physician in depth about whether they believe you are a good candidate for the procedure. Depending on the severity of your wrinkles and your health, you may be denied treatment. Although Botox is safe (the toxin only affects the nerve site), it’s not for everyone and should not be thought of as such.
Where does Botox work best and how long does botox last?
To be clear, Botox is not a permanent solution. The effects of a single treatment are not long-term, which is why continued sessions are often required. For this reason, it may be helpful to understand how the process works and what exactly happens after the injection. Botox is a type of toxin that serves to stop nerves from communicating with the brain, in effect neutralizing their ability to contract. Thus, the result is a smoother and softer look at the injection site.
The effects of Botox will vary from patient to patient for both the immediate results and the length of time these results are noticeable. The average timeframe tends to be 3-6 months, but this all depends on the strength of the muscle being neutralized. The toxin eventually wears off, but this process is for people who have stronger nerves.
With repeated treatments, the muscles become more relaxed, and the effects are typically prolonged. Most doctors recommend 3-4 treatments for the first year.
Botox can be injected and used anywhere, and not just for cosmetic purposes. Although the face tends to be the primary site for most patients, the drug can be administered in the calf muscle to eliminate excess strain and also used to treat an overactive bladder.
Although wrinkles occur everywhere on the body, they are most noticeable on the face. Frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles rank highest on the list for problem areas. Note that not all wrinkles can be eliminated by using Botox; those that have occurred due to sunlight exposure and gravity cannot be treated, so keep this in mind if you are considering getting the treatment.