Do the effects of Botox wear off sooner in younger patients?

How long would someone getting botox for the first time in their early twenties expect the results to last for?

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The duration of Botox is directly dependent on the dosage (the number of units).

Age does not have an effect on the longevity of Botox. The duration of Botox is directly dependent on the dosage (the number of units). If more units are injected, it may last longer, but you should not get more units of Botox just to try to make it last longer. The number of units needed will depend solely on you and the extent of your wrinkles. In most patients, regardless of age, Botox usually lasts for around 3-4 months. However, the more you do Botox, it typically will last longer over time. Also, the results look better and better after repeated treatments because the muscles are not as strong, so therefore the lines are not as deep.


Dallas Dermatologist
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Botox duration

Botox typically lasts 3-4 months.  If botox is used continuously for several cycles, it may seem that it lasts longer before full return of facial animation.  This is probably due to the atrophy of the continuously paralyzed muscles which may be weaker when the effect of the chemodenervation from botox wears off.  The muscles will begin working again, but will be weaker and take longer to hypertrophy to their baseline strength.  

Jeffrey D. Wagner, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Botox and Effects

The effects of Botox last more than four months and can last longer in young patients who do not have as deep wrinkles.  Please consult a specialist for the best cosmetic results. Best, Dr. Green

Botox Effectiveness

Botox typically will last approximately 3-4 months. Our office will usually have patients return every 3 months to retreat to keep the areas smooth and the muscles relaxed. Being in your early twenties is not too young to start and I would expect your treatment to also fall into the average 3 month time frame.

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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Botox and Results in Younger Patients

I have found that botox results do last less in those who are more expressive, workout a lot, or use the muscles spontaneously often.  This has not been reported however.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox short lived

We have noticed that duration is affected by heavy exercise, causing shorter periods of effectiveness. Botox is felt to work on a receptor called the SNAP 25 receptor. It takes some time for Botox to bind at this site and once it is bound, the body starts the regeneration process of making the replacement protein that has been detached. This takes about the same amount of time in all people, but if facial blood flow is markedly increased before the Botox has fully acted, then one might not get their "money's worth" if the botulinum A toxin is getting carted away by heavy blood flow in the area. A significant amount of body heat is eliminated in the face head and hands during exercise. We recommend only light exercise the two days following Botox injections.

Jerome Lamb, MD
Independence Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Injection

Studies show that the effect of Botox on muscles lasts 3 and 1/2 months. However the effect on the skin can actually last a little longer.

Richard A. Zoumalan, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Results and Age of Patient

I am not aware of any studies which show that Botox lasts for a longer or shorter duration based on patient age.  Every individual is unique and the exact duration of Botox depends on the individual.  In general, higher doses of Botox will last longer.  However, I prefer to start with lower doses to get the most natural result and avoid the frozen look.  It's easy to add more Botox later if needed.

Richard Ort, MD
Lone Tree Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox effect

Botox usually lasts 3-4 months in most people.  It does not matter what age you are.  The amount of units of Botox will be different because as you age you likely will have more wrinkles and need more Botox.

Jean Keamy, MD
Westborough Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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Botox effect should last for 3 to 4 months in patients of any age. Elderly, middle age and young adult patients should all have similar duration of effect when Botox applied similarly.

John Mesa, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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