After Having Botox in a Wrinkle when It Wears off Do You Have a Bigger Wrinkle?

After having botox in a wrinkle when it wears off do you have a bigger wrinkle?

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When botox wears off, wrinkles will return

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When the Botox wears off, the wrinkle that was treated will likely return to its original state.  In some instances, where patients may have been treating with Botox for a great deal of time, years, the wrinkle may take a great deal of time to return to its original appearance, but it should always be the original appearance and not a bigger wrinkle.

Naples Dermatologic Surgeon

Wrinkles On Your Skin After Botox Wears Off

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As you probably know, Botox works by relaxing the muscles that cause creases to form in your skin. These typically include horizontal lines across the forehead, glabellar (frown) lines between the brows and crows feet around the corners of the eyes.

Sometimes, people will get Botox when their skin has lost a certain degree of laxity and they are noticing dynamic wrinkles when they make facial expressions. These are wrinkles that only appear when the face is moving. Over time, creases in these areas become etched onto the skin. These are called static wrinkles. 

After Botox wears off, the original static wrinkle will likely still be there.  However, it should be the same size and depth as opposed to being bigger. However, if you have been masking the effect of aging with botox and for several years continue to get exposed to the harmful effects of UV rays and / or continue to smoke, your signs of aging would progress and be unmasked when the botox is discontinued. The best result is to keep up with botox and adopt sun protective measures, cease smoking etc

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

BOTOX Results

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No, your wrinkles will return to where they are before you started treatment.  The  nice thing about BOTOX though is that it relaxes the muscles and helps to prevent them from worsening in addition to making them look better.  There aren't many 2 for 1 benefits out there in this world!  Good luck!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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