How Long After Botox Can Full Effects Be Seen?

I was told that after receiving Botox, you have to wait at least 2 to 3 days just to start seeing any effects. Is this true?

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Botox Treatment: What to Expect

Botox starts to work very quickly but the cosmetic effect takes time.  The full effect comes on gradually over two weeks and it dissipates slowly as well.  This question comes up a great deal when timing Botox for special events.  I always recommend that Botox be injected 1 month prior to the event if possible.  This gives you 2 weeks to get the full effect of the treatment.  If any touch up is necessary, you then have another 2 weeks so it is perfect.


Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Optimal Results for Botox

In our experience, most people begin to experience noticeable relaxation of treated areas with 48 hours. However, the full effects are generally realized at the 2 week mark. At this point, the key muscles have responded as well as a nice softening of the fine lines/wrinkles in the skin. Whatever wrinkles/deep lines remain after 2 weeks may be addressed with cosmetic dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Effects Vary

It depends on the patient. The average time it takes to see the effects of Botox is 3-5 days, but sometimes it can take up to 14.

Arnold W. Klein, MD (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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You will start to see the effect of BOTOX in 1 to 2 days, with a full effect in around a week.

 The day after having your frown lines injected, it should start to become difficult to frown. The full effect is within 2 weeks. Dose adjustments are routinely given to optimize results.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long after Botox before results?

You should expect to see results in three to four days, but in as few as two and as many as five days. On average patients return every three to six months for additional treatments. Good luck.

Richard Zienowicz, MD
Providence Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does Botox Take

Yes. You will be able to start seeing results of Botox 2-3 days after injection. It can take 7-14 days to see maximum results.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Botox results are usually seen within 2 to 5 days

Each individual patient will be different, but generally, most people will begin to see results within two to five days, with full results appearing in one to two weeks. These results then usually last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, depending on the injection location, injector technique, and individual metabolism.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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How long for Botox to take effect.

The time it takes to see the full effect for Botox to work can vary from patient to patient. Some patients see a result in 24 hours, some take 2-4 days, some a week or longer.

Francis X. Fleming, MD
Kennewick Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After Botox Can Full Effects Be Seen?

Hello! Thank you for your question! Typically, one will begin to see effects within 2-3 days. Usually, full effects are seen within a week. If after that time noe effect is seen, consideration for touch-up is reasonable. As a neuromodulator that inhibits reuptake of acetylcholine and the nerve junction, BoTox will continue to work until it wears off at the site. There is no limit to how long one can receive it, but it generally lasts for about 3-4 months on average. Best wishes! Hope that this helps!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Results

Most patients see improvement within several days of injection with Botox. The result will usually last about three to four months at which point the muscle action gradually returns and the lines and wrinkles or sweat begin to reappear.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
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