Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein that we inject to relax the muscles of facial expression. It blocks the nerve impulses that stimulate these muscles. By doing this, we can smooth and erase the lines that the muscles can produce.
Botox Downtime and Results*
Botox results can take up to two weeks for the full effect to kick in. There is typically little to no downtime with injectables, but some patients can experience minor swelling of the injection site or bruising after the procedure. Both subside naturally over the next few days.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The good and bad thing about Botox is that it’s effects are not indefinite. It is a good thing because if you don’t like the results, the effects will be gone in 3-4 months. For most patients however, this is a bad thing as they wish the effects would never fade. The effects of Botox can be stretched out if you pay attention to when it begins to wear off. If you come in for new Botox Injections when the muscle movement is just beginning to come back, you will find that the Botox will last longer. This is because the muscle is already in a weakened state and if you keep it like that, it will take longer for it to get back to normal. Some patients can go as long as 6 months if they stay on top of their Botox injections! If you allow your Botox to wear off completely, your Botox will again last only 3-4 months.
Always shop for your Botox by the unit. This way you know exactly how much Botox you are getting. Some practices will sell Botox by the area and you have no idea how much Botox you are getting! How long does your Botox last depends on the number of units injected, not the volume of injections. If you do not receive enough units of Botox, your Botox will not last as long as it should. The number of units injected per area also effects how long the Botox lasts. There are generally agreed amounts of Botox for common areas. However, this is frequently modified for many patients. Beleza Medspa Botox Injections start at $12.00/unit but can be as low as $10.50/unit with Beleza Babe VIP membership. Remember to compare the number of units and not areas as well as the experience and reviews of your injectors.