Depending on the area being treated and the dosage, Botox takes a certain amount of time to start working. For instance, patients may not see benefits from Botox for three to eight days. It can just take three days to see effects for places like the glabella (the space between your eyebrows) and crow’s feet. For more advanced areas, like the forehead and frown lines, it could take up to eight days.
The outcomes will also depend on how much Botox is injected into a certain place and how quickly your body metabolizes it. The easiest approach to find out when your Botox is ready for usage is to make an appointment for a follow-up visit with your doctor.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure that temporarily reduces the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows (glabellar lines) using a purified form of botulinum toxin A (the same toxin used to manufacture Botox injections). BOTOX Cosmetic is used to reduce the severity of moderate to severe vertical glabellar lines and/or horizontal forehead wrinkles.
By temporarily obstructing the impulses that cause muscles to contract, BOTOX is a refined protein that is injected into muscles. BOTOX can be applied to adults under 65 to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar wrinkles for up to four months.
Adults under 65 years old who have moderate to severe glabellar lines caused by the corrugator and/or procerus muscles may temporarily improve their appearance using BOTOX Cosmetic.
How Botox is Used?
BOTOX temporarily relaxes the muscles in the upper face, giving you a smoother, younger-looking appearance. It helps to relax the muscle when injected beneath your skin, making it simpler for you to naturally grin or lift your brows.
Depending on how your body reacts and how long it has been since your last treatment, the effects of one treatment can last up to four months. Consult your doctor about if BOTOX may be appropriate for you if you are worried about how long treatment may last.
How Long Does BOTOX Take to Activate?
“How long does it take for Botox to work?” is a question we frequently get from patients. alternatively, “When does Botox start working?” We respond, “Usually about 3 days.” This delay is a result of the fact that it takes Botox a few days to penetrate the muscle and begin relaxing it. Once injected into the muscle, Botox takes some time to connect to the nerves and prevent signals from reaching the muscles, which prevents the muscle from contracting.
Because Botox is injected directly into muscles, where it stops the nerve impulses that create wrinkles, it functions differently than other fillers. This means that there is no waiting period while Botox penetrates the dermis or hypodermis (the second layer of skin), and the effects are immediate.
Depending on how quickly your body breaks down Botox after injection, the neurotoxin’s ability to bind to a nerve can take anywhere between one and three weeks. You could need more shots of Botox if your body degrades it quickly. You might only require injections every four months or longer if your body breaks down Botox slowly. You should notice some improvement in lines, particularly emotional lines like frown lines, crow’s feet, etc., within 24 hours following the injection. However, it will take a few weeks for these lines to totally go. In general, we state that it will take between 3 and 6 weeks for wrinkles to completely relax after receiving a Botox treatment, with improvements visible within 2 to 3 days. There are no certainties because everyone is unique, and this period varies greatly amongst people.
Dos and Don’ts Following Botox Therapy
You should take careful care of your skin following botox therapy. Here are some guidelines to remember after receiving Botox:
- 24-hour recovery is required.
- For a full day, stay away from hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms.
- Use warm compresses to lessen bruising and swelling.
- Use sunscreen every day to guard against skin cancer.
- Cleanse your skin gently twice a day, in the morning and at night. Dry your face using a cloth while being gentle.
- Drink a lot of water to assist the body rid itself of toxins.
- Do take a recommended painkiller before the surgery.
- After the treatment, wait 24 hours before washing your face.
- For 24 hours following the treatment, avoid using moisturizer or makeup on the treated regions.
- Wait 24 hours after treatment before engaging in any intense activities, such as yoga or exercise.
- For 24 hours after the treatment, avoid getting your hair wet or exposing the treated region to the sun.
- To prevent bleeding or bruising of muscles, nerve endings, and skin tissues, which will limit the effectiveness of botox therapy, avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and aspirin for 3 days prior to and following each session of botox injection.
- Smoking should be avoided for 24 hours following Botox injections as it may result in serious problems.
- For at least a week following treatment, avoid massaging the treated region.
- Avoid tanning for six weeks following treatment because it may make botox injections more likely to produce bruising or redness.
- Retinol and glycolic acid should not be used for at least two weeks after the operation. These products may irritate and produce redness.
- It is advised that you abstain from alcohol for 24 hours following treatment.