If I get botox and lip filler and I can't afford to keep it up will I return to how I look before injections?

Getting botox/fillers will not cause me to look worse if I don't keep them up, will they? I'm gong on Vaca and wanna look my best but probably won't be able to continue with treatment afterwards...

Doctor Answers 11

Botox and Lip Filler

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Thank you for your question. Yes, botox will wear off around 3-4 months after injection. The filler will eventually wear off as well.  For example, Voluma typically wears off between 18-24 months. Aside from aging, you will return to how you looked before injections.

Botox and Lip Filler

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If a patient receives Botox or lip fillers and decides not to receive further injections, your facial appearance will simply return to how it was before injections. Botox commonly lasts around 3-4 months, while lip filler longevity will vary depending on the filler. 

Charles M. Boyd, MD
Birmingham Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Botox / Fillers Like Juvederm, Restylane -- Wearing Off and Returning to "Normal"

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If you don't keep up the Botox and filler injections, they will wear off in from three to six months. Your lips and skin will return to their pre-treated state. You should not experience any negative effects from discontinuing treatment. Please see an expert if you decide to continue treatments. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

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Stopping Botox and fillers - do I return to wear I was?

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After everything wears off, the face should return to where you were but you have to account for the aging process. There is no skin stretching of extra wrinkles from the procedures.

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Appearance after Botox

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When Botox wears off anywhere from 3-6 months you will return to the way you looked previously with no untoward effects or appearance

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Return to normal after Botox/juvederm wears off?

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Yes, just like Cinderella. Only a little older and without the wrinkles that you would have naturally developed over that time.

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What happens when you don't maintain injectables?

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As you well know, given your extensive history on this platform, that these are temporary treatments and will wear off. Its is difficult to say what the outcome will be if they are not maintained as recommended. Always seek prescriptive medical treatments from an experienced and board certified dermatologist, facial plastic or general plastic surgeon for optimal results.

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Post-Injectables Appearance

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Hi there, you are correct. If you get Botox and fillers one time you will return to the way you originally looked prior to receiving treatment. 

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Maintenance regimen with Botox and fillers

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You should continue with the Botox and fillers if they give you the look you desire. Unfortunately, you will continue to age with or without these enhanements and therefore, a maintenance regimen is recommended. 

Hratch L Karamanoukian MD FACS


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Hello, and thanks for your question. Yes, Botox and (most) fillers will wear off eventually and you will return to your pre-treatment appearance, though the aging process does continue, of course. In order to determine the best treatment plan for you, I recommend an in-person consultation with an expert. Best of luck, Dr. Frucht.   

Corey Frucht, MD, PhD
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