BOTOX is an injectable anti-aging treatment that can address a variety of concerns caused by overactive muscles. We proudly offer this FDA-approved treatment at Doctors MedSpa in Little Rock, AR, and it is one of our most popular treatments, partially because of how quickly the results of treatment become apparent. Today, we’re looking at everything you need to know about this treatment, including how quickly it starts working.
How Quickly Does BOTOX Start Working?
BOTOX starts settling into the treated areas and blocking some of the electrical signals sent from your brain to your treated muscles as soon as it is injected. However, it may take 24 hours or longer for the injectable muscle relaxant to settle in fully. Typically, you can expect to see an initial improvement in your appearance one to four days after your first treatment session.
Most people will see their desired results within a week and a half of their first session. It is possible to see your desired results within seven days of your first treatment session, but it could take two weeks assuming you can achieve your desired aesthetic with only one treatment session. If you need two sessions to achieve your desired results, they may not develop fully until four weeks after your first session.
How Can I See My Desired Results Faster?
There are many effective things you can do to see your desired BOTOX results as quickly as possible. For instance, you can increase the rate at which the medication binds to the nerve receptors in the treated areas by exercising the treated muscles. Generally, you should exercise your treated muscles four hours after your injections have been administered.
You should perform 120 repetitions over the course of three sets spaced approximately 10 minutes apart. For example, you should squint 40 times, rest for 10 minutes, and then complete two more sets of squinting 40 times with a 10-minute rest between sets if crow’s feet are being treated.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
The results of this treatment generally last between two and six months. You should only expect your desired results to last for two to three months if you have never been treated before because you will receive a relatively small dose during your first session. After that, it should not surprise you if you enjoy your optimal results for three to four months.
Note that the number of treatments you receive is not the only factor affecting how long your desired results will last. For instance, the longevity of your results is influenced by the areas being treated and the severity of the concerns being treated. You can generally expect to need more frequent follow-up appointments if you have severe concerns or you are treating very strong or active muscles.
What Can I Do To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
One of the most effective steps you can take to help your optimal results last longer is to take a zinc supplement. Research shows that over 90% of clinical trial participants enjoyed their optimal results for roughly 30% longer when they took a 50 mg zinc supplement daily. You can also help improve the durability of your results by keeping your skin moisturized.
Hydration is critical for the collagen that keeps your skin plump and healthy. You should find a gentle occlusive facial moisturizer that will lock in moisture and not irritate your skin. Additionally, you should avoid nicotine consumption to prevent premature collagen breakdown. Also, you should manage your stress as well as you can.
What Does Stress Have To Do With My Results?
Stress causes inadvertent muscle tension which can cause you to need more follow-up appointments. Additionally, stress increases the production of cortisol which results in your body breaking down the injected medication faster.
What Cosmetic Concerns Can This Injectable Treat?
BOTOX can treat facial lines, wrinkles, and folds caused by wrinkled hyperactive muscles. For example, it can treat the crow’s feet that extend from the outer corners of your eyes due to years of squinting, laughing, and smiling. It can also treat bunny lines that take up permanent residence on the sides of your nose due to years of laughing and smiling.
This injectable muscle relaxant is also commonly used to erase forehead lines that form in the frontalis muscle after raising your eyebrows repeatedly. Moreover, glabellar lines can be erased after squinting or frowning repeatedly. The muscles around the upper lip and mouth are also commonly treated with this injectable. Additionally, it can improve the appearance of your chin and neck.
Find Out More Today
BOTOX starts working as soon as it is injected, but it can take up to four days to start seeing the effects of treatment. After that, it can take up to 10 more days to enjoy your optimal results if you only need one treatment session to achieve your desired aesthetic. To find out more about whether this non-invasive anti-aging treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with us today at Doctors MedSpa in Little Rock, AR.