How often should I expect to get BOTOX®? AND, since it doesn't last that long, why bother?


As the body neutralizes this toxin, movement will start to show around 2 months after initial injections. Wrinkles, however will not usually show at rest for another 1 -2 months, or longer. I recommend re-treating when the wrinkles start to show again on your relaxed face. For many this will vary, but typically we see patients back at 3 1/2 to 4 months, sometimes longer for their next treatment. It is important to remember you should not get BOTOX® more often than every 3 months (even if a different spot) because of the concern for developing resistance. While not harmful, many might not be happy about developing a resistance to their wrinkle prevention!
Maintaining regular BOTOX® is one of the few tools we have that actually slows the aging process. By decreasing the repetitive brow movements, we are slowing the development or deepening of those wrinkles. Keep in mind BOTOX® should not radically change your appearance or make you look as if you have had work done. Instead it should soften your look due to the relaxed muscle activity.
My favorite benefit to maintaining a regular BOTOX® program is the fact that BOTOX® slows the rate at which the brow descends. As we get older, the combination of gravity, frowning and squinting pull down on our brow position. By decreasing the ability to frown or squint, we are decreasing half of the downward forces on the brow position and thus slowing the rate at which it drops.
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Palm Beach Gardens Oculoplastic Surgeon