Do you know someone who came back from a short break looking younger and more vibrant? Or are you finding the profile pictures on your favorite social media, dating, or even professional websites that look too good to be true? If so, there’s a chance you’re looking at the results of BOTOX® treatment and are feeling tempted to try it as well.
Whether you want to minimize crow’s feet, unwanted wrinkles or other encroaching signs of age like frown lines, BOTOX® provides a quick, nearly painless solution. Treatment takes only minutes to complete, and there is no downtime after the procedure.
Of course, one of the first questions that probably come to mind is how long you can expect to enjoy the results, and if you get BOTOX®, how often you should schedule touch-ups to maintain your new look?
When Should You Get Top-Up Treatments?
While BOTOX® can temporarily block the nerve communication within the target muscles, the effects are not permanent. As time goes by, you’ll start to notice the unwanted signs of aging returning. With regular treatment, however, the wrinkles and lines will become less pronounced.
We recommend getting maintenance injections before visible signs of your wrinkles start returning, as proactive touch-ups will help keep your wrinkles from reappearing. The frequency of treatment varies depending on the amount of BOTOX® your plastic surgeon used on your last visit, your age, and various genetic and lifestyle factors. Since BOTOX® usually lasts is three to four months, we suggest scheduling frequent follow-ups with your plastic surgeon.
Why Are BOTOX® Touch-ups Necessary?
After undergoing a BOTOX® treatment, you can expect to see the full results after about 14 days. These effects typically last three to four months and, in some cases, could last even longer, up to six months. Yet, in other cases, BOTOX® may wear off sooner than expected. In these instances, you should have upkeep for your BOTOX® treatment, and discuss a recommended treatment plan with your provider.
What Are the Signs That My BOTOX® Treatment Is Wearing Off?
BOTOX®’s top-up timeline varies for each patient and the amount of BOTOX® administered. Once treated, you’ll need to be on the lookout for signs that BOTOX® is wearing off, including:
- Facial lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles start to reappear
- Skin is no longer as smooth
- You start looking older than your age
How to Make BOTOX® Last Longer
The board-certified plastic surgeons at our fully accredited facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia, offer the following tips to help you prolong the results of your BOTOX® injections.
- Apply a topical cream: When used in combination with topical moisturizers applied to the treatment area, BOTOX® can do more to rejuvenate the facial appearance.
- Limit sun exposure: Direct sunlight causes blood vessels to expand, limiting BOTOX®’s effectiveness.
- Avoid strenuous exercise: If you do high-impact workouts, BOTOX® may metabolize more quickly, as increased facial muscle contractions can affect the performance of BOTOX®
- Maintain a healthy diet: Eat nutrient-rich foods that promote physical well-being and improve skin hydration.
Take Your Next Step With BOTOX®
The team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg is highly skilled in offering people of all ages a personalized BOTOX® treatment plan tailored to their needs and desires. Call us today at (540) 371-7730 or fill out our online form to arrange your consultation.