As a greater number of wrinkles start to surface around the corners of your mouth and eyes, you may begin to contemplate a Botox treatment. Botox is a specialized cosmetic application that involves the injection of a paralyzing medication at the site of wrinkles. The treatment temporarily blocks the communication from the nerve endings to the muscle fibers. As a result, the muscles become relaxed, easing the appearance of wrinkles.
After seeing the improvements that Botox can make to the appearance, patients frequently ask how often they can receive Botox injections. Here is a bit of information to make that determination easier:
How long does Botox last?
Botox is not a permanent way to alter the appearance of wrinkles and lines. The blockage of the nerve signals is only temporary. Over time, the Botox treatment wears off, and the signal disruption is no longer in place.
The results from a Botox injection usually last up to 4 months. Before you receive your first injection, your physician will discuss the potential results of the treatment. In addition, he or she may start with a lower dosage of the medication to determine how your body will respond to the treatment. If lower dosages are applied, the Botox treatment will wear off more quickly.
If you start to see wrinkles and lines resurfacing, their appearance is a good indication that it's about time to schedule another appointment for treatment.
Patients who regularly receive Botox may notice that with consistent treatments, their facial muscles become trained by the therapy. Due to this tissue acclimation, you may be able to extend the periods between your injections. Still, due to the dramatically positive results that can be achieved with Botox, you may be anxious to return for the next scheduled treatment.
Although Botox is safe, abuse of the treatment is not recommended, it is suggested that a hiatus of three to four months between treatments.
If you're interested in receiving Botox, place your questions and concerns in the uniquely qualified hands of a board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Roche. He is one of the few double board certified surgeons in Southeast Michigan that is dedicated to staying on top of technology and procedures. With over 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, he is skilled in various surgical and non-surgical procedures such as laser skin resurfacing and liposuction. Contact us today to get more information.