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How Long Does Botox Take To Work?

Are you thinking about getting Botox, but you are curious about how long does Botox take to work? As one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, you are not alone in having questions about Botox. Botox is a completely FDA approved cosmetic treatment that relaxes facial muscles to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. It is a nonsurgical procedure that can be done right in the convenience of a doctor’s office. However, for the best results and safety you need to have injections done by an experienced team. The team at Green Relief Health in Baltimore, MD is the exact kind of professional team that you want performing these procedures.

The team at Green Relief Health understands that your primary goal is to look and feel younger. Our highly trained staff is ready to provide you the best results possible with the latest techniques.

What Is Botox?

Before we look at how long Botox takes to work, let’s look at exactly what Botox is. Botox is the name for a drug manufactured from botulinum toxin type A. The name may sound scary, but it is perfectly safe. In fact, it is estimated that since the 1980s over 11 million patients have received Botox injections. When Botox is administered properly it can be an extremely effective way to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox works by placing targeted injections in areas of the face. These injections limit muscle contractions which relaxes the muscles in the injection sites. The result is a smoother and younger looking appearance.

Most Common Areas For Botox

When considering Botox many people will often wonder what the most common areas of treatment are. It can be confusing because some may confuse Botox with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are what you would use to make certain areas fuller like your lips and cheeks. The most common areas for Botox injections are the following:

  •  Laugh/frown lines
  • Thick wrinkles on the neck
  • Vertical creases between the eyebrows
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet

How Long Until Botox Works?

While every patient is different it generally takes at least 3 to 5 days for patients to begin to see a difference in their appearance. Many people think that Botox’s results are immediate. This confusion often occurs because people sometimes think that Botox and dermal fillers are the same thing. While dermal fillers do have immediate results, Botox does take a few days to see initial results. It is also important not to confusion the initial results with the final results of the Botox. In general, most patients will not see the full effects of their Botox for 10 to 14 days.

This means that if you are getting Botox for a special event, it is a good idea to receive your treatment 2 weeks before. Not only is this time important to allow for it to take full effect, but it is also necessary to take full advantage of the healing process that relieves mild swelling or redness that may occur at the injection sites.

Why Botox Takes Time To Work?

When you receive Botox there are several factors that can affect the time it takes for your Botox to work. Botox works by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles. Under normal circumstances, your brain signals a muscle to contract by sending a message down a nerve fiber leading to the release of chemicals onto that muscle. Those chemicals cause the muscle to contract. Botox works by blocking the release of those signaling chemicals from the nerve fiber.

Why it takes a few days to start seeing effects and longer to see the full results is because it takes time for Botox to be absorbed and exert its effects on a nerve fiber. However, once it kicks in, there’s no denying that Botox works great.

Other Factors That Effect How Long Botox Takes To Work

Besides the normal biological factor of Botox absorption, there are other personal factors that can affect how you react to Botox. One of the primary factors that can affect how long Botox takes to work is how strong your face muscles are. Individuals with stronger face muscles should expect for Botox to take a little bit longer for it to demonstrate its results.

For individuals with particularly deep lines or those who are getting their first injection late in life, more than one injection may be necessary to see the desired results. Additionally, these types of patients may be interested in other treatments we provide, such as dermal fillers.

The effects of Botox will be faster if you are using it to treat fine lines and wrinkles as opposed to deep lines. This doesn’t mean that Botox can’t help deep lines, but it means that results for deeper lines may take longer, require more than one treatment, or may be better suited for a combination of treatments.

Does Botox Eliminate All Wrinkles?

Some may wonder why after receiving Botox that they still have some fine lines and wrinkles on their face. The most common reason for someone to think that Botox didn’t work is because they don’t know the difference between dynamic and static wrinkles. Dynamic lines appear on your face only when muscles are flexed on your face. This type of fine lines and wrinkles will almost always respond to a Botox treatment.

Static lines and wrinkles are present even when your face is at rest. This means that you can see these wrinkles even when you aren’t smiling, frowning, looking surprised or generally contracting muscles on your face. Botox does not treat static lines. A filler such as Juvederm or Restylane is often needed to fix this kind of wrinkle.

Why Green Relief Health?

Once you’ve decided to take control of your aging process, you’ll want to partner with experts who will take time to understand the whole you so they can recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.

Call Green Relief Health in Baltimore, MD and schedule an appointment with a member of their highly trained team. A more youthful, self-assured, and confident you can be a reality when you partner with the right, qualified team.

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