What happens after Botox injections?
Immediately after Botox injections, you may leave the office with a few bumps. These bumps consist of the botox that was injected either under the skin or in the muscle. No need to worry as they will resolve on their own in 5-10 minutes. You do not need to rub them or do any facial exercises to help them resolve. Just give them time and they will slowly vanish!
Once the bumps resolve, the only other thing to look for after botox is an occasional bruise. Botox injections are mostly a blind procedure and no matter how much we try to avoid it, we may hit a blood vessel. The area around the eyes is especially prone to bruising. The good thing is that bruises will all resolve on their own with time.
It then becomes a waiting game as we wait for the botox to take effect. In most patients some effects of the botox will be seen within a few days. The muscles that were injected will begin to become weaker and their associated wrinkles will resolve. Full effect of Botox may take up to two weeks. It is important to wait a full two weeks before judging the results of your botox injections.
The effects of botox injections will typically last 3-4 months. If you stay on a regular schedule, the muscles will remain in a weakened state. Studies have shown the subsequent botox injections will tend to last even longer if you do not allow the effects to completely wear off. There are patients who the effects of Botox will be shorter than average or longer. There is no way to predict or change the results for these patients.
There are no tricks to prolonging the effects of Botox. The best strategy is to return for injections when you see about 50% of the muscle action return. By keeping the muscles in a continually weakened state, the effects of Botox can be maximized. Of interest is the recent introduction of a supplement called Zytaste. Zytaste consists of zinc and an enzyme called phytase which increases the zinc absorption. Zinc appears to be important for the effects of Botox on the muscles. In one study 92% of subjects who took Zytaste experienced a 30% average increase in duration effect of the injected neurotoxin. More importantly, 84% of the study participants reported a subjective improvement in the drug effect. It is believed that many patients have a zinc deficiency and that’s why the Zytatse helped the Botox effects. It may be worthwhile to check zinc levels in patients who complain of short duration botox effects.