Is There Any Way to Speed Up Botox Activation Such As Drinking Lots of Water, Exercise, Heat?

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"Activating" Botox

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The short answer is "no". Your nerve endings will start aborbing the Botox within minutes of the procedure, but it can take up to 10 days for the full effects to kick in for all muscles. Your body's aborption rate will not increase with water, exercise, or heat.

Speeding up Botox onset

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The short answer is no.  Results from Botox are typically seen starting at 4 days.  It usually takes 10 to 14 days to see the result.  

Botox activation vs. dysport activation

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There is no way to speed up Botox activation but if you need a faster onset of action, the next treatment you can ask for Dysport, which is a botulinum toxin serotype A just as Botox Cosmetic is, but may have an affect a day earlier than Botox.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox activation - any way to speed it up?

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The effects of Botox activation cannot be sped up.  The good news is that patients typically see some effect in a couple of days with maximal effects seen within 2-3 weeks.

Lori Stetler, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon

How to speed up the botox effect

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The effect of Botox cannot be sped up  (the time cannot be shortened)'

Even though the Botulinum Toxin attaches itself to the neuromuscular junction in minutes, there is a "Latent Period" of 5-14 days before the full effect is seen, and even then, many times the result is only partial and temporary (3-4 months). However, with repeat injections, (every 3-4-6 months), the results get better and better.

Dysport (another brand of Botulinum Toxin) has a shorter latent period and next time you may want to opt for Dysport.

Always make sure that you are being treated by an experienced Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon.

No proven way to speed up onset of Botox effect

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A number of things have been suggested to either speed up the onset of Botox or minimize side-effects, such as exercising or not exercising the muscles where it was injected, not lying down, not traveling by plane, etc. A consensus of experts agree that probably none of these is important. Dysport may take effect a little bit faster, and the newer (but not yet available in the U.S.) formulations Xeomin and Puretox may have a different time to onset.

Exercise the treated muscles hard during the first hour after BOTOX®

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The one thing which is useful is to exercise the treated muscles hard during the first hour after treatment with BOTOX® [or other formulations of BTX-A, like Dyport® or XEOMIN®].

Every time the nerve endings on the muscles fire, they transiently expose the SV2 receptors which the binding domain on BTX-A attaches to for uptake into the nerve ending, where BTX-A acts to reduce the release of acetylcholine [the neurotransmitter which stimulates muscle contraction, and also stimulates the production of sweat from sweat glands].

After one hour, the BTX-A has pretty much all been either taken up into the nerve endings or else washed away by your circulation.

Kevin C. Smith, MD
Niagara Falls Dermatologic Surgeon

Is There Any Way to Speed Up Botox Activation Such As Drinking Lots of Water, Exercise, Heat?

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No, Botox is rapidly absorbed after being injected and the effects peak at 3-5 days typically.  There's no way to speed, or slow down this process which is a physilogical and anatomical response.

Botox Onset of action

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Unfortunately no.  There is a study showing that "exercising" the treated muscles for the first hour after injection is beneficial.  I do recommend that my patients activate the treated muscles for one hour and then sit back and relax.  You will see some results in a few days, full results in two weeks.  Remember, even when Botox is at its maximum effec,t the lines may take longer to disappear.  Your skin is like fabric that has been repeatedly wrinkled.  Botox smooths the fabric and stops the wrinkling, but it does not "iron out" the wrinkles. The elastic qualities (or the permament press fabric :-) of your skin will do this naturally That may take a little longer....

Jacqueline Calkin, MD
Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon


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Botox takes about 24 to 48 hours to see any effect.  In my opinion, treatment is maximal at about 3 weeks.  If you just had service and were hoping to be transformed by Saturday night for a Bar event, I am afraid you are going to be disappointed.  I would recommend in the future that you plan ahead.  Generally I do not recommend getting service immediately before an event, especially an important event like meeting with judges, client events, weddings, you get the idea.  Schedule treatment so that if you bruise or require a treatment adjustment, you have time for this.  For BOTOX, 3-4 weeks is about right.  For filler, 4 weeks is generally very good.  However for a wedding (particularly your own wedding) have filler service at least 8 weeks a head of time.  Collagen for the lips was the idea pre-event lip edge treatment.  It stimulated almost no bruising or swelling and could be placed the day before a red carpet event.  That product would only last a couple of weeks anyway.  Plan ahead!

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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