When it comes to Botox, the general rule of thumb is to wait at least two weeks for a touch-up. However, it can take up to four weeks for the full effects to be visible. That's why it's important to book an evaluation appointment at that time. During the evaluation, we examine your skin and ask you how Botox is working for you.
If you're in your twenties and using Botox as a preventative measure, you may want to consider scheduling treatments every 12 weeks. Otherwise, a series of maintenance injections every 12 to 16 weeks should be sufficient. With no downtime, you can get back to your day and enjoy the results for months. The average time for Botox to be effective is about four months, so it's likely that you know someone who has received one or more injections. As the results start to wear off, you can decide then if you want to schedule your appointment as soon as possible or if you can wait a few more weeks. If your body metabolizes injectable ingredients slower than others, you'll enjoy a wrinkle-free face for longer and therefore be able to wait longer between appointments.
Contrary to popular belief, Botox injections performed by properly trained professionals won't make your face look flat or expressionless. Botox might be right for you if you have moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. Botox is the common name for the protein produced from botulinum toxin (produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which also causes botulism in much larger and uncontrolled doses). In small injectable doses, Botox is used to safely weaken and paralyze specific muscles and was originally used to treat cross-eyes (strabismus) in the 1970s. The short answer to how long you should wait between Botox treatments is three to four months for the best results. Even after being approved for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox has had medical use for axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chronic migraines and urinary incontinence. Important factors in determining how long they last include the location of the injection, the amount of Botox used, age, skin elasticity and the depth of wrinkles.
If a patient's Botox dose is insufficient, their treatment is unlikely to last as long as expected. Neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments performed in the world.