BOTOX® has long been one of the most common dermal injectables to help prevent or reduce the appearance of fine lines on the face, especially around the eyes and forehead. BOTOX® for cosmetic use has been approved by the FDA and is generally well tolerated by most people. The treatments are nearly pain-free, and there is almost no recovery or restriction to activities after.
BOTOX® works by temporarily causing the muscles in your face that are causing the fine lines and wrinkles from contracting. Over time, the collagen naturally produced by your body may start to fill in these areas, adding to the effectiveness of BOTOX®. In some patients, adding a dermal filler with BOTOX® treatments can help boost collagen production and create longer-lasting results.
For most patients, the results from BOTOX last around 6 months. However, this can vary significantly from person to person and may change depending on the treated area. In some cases, the muscles affected by BOTOX® will gradually lose strength and atrophy. This will allow less BOTOX® to be used and increase the time between treatments.
In other people, however, the body can sometimes begin to adapt to the effects of BOTOX® and require more units per treatment or a shorter time between appointments. BOTOX® treatments can be safely repeated around 6 months after one another and help bring the same aesthetic changes for a longer period.
Since BOTOX® treatments are simple and require no preparation or recovery time, they can easily be scheduled during your normal day. The exact number of treatments needed to reach your aesthetic goals depends on your body’s metabolism and how it reacts to BOTOX®.
In either case, there is minimal risk of side effects or adverse reactions, even with repetitive or follow-up appointments.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edwin Austin can work with you to create a customized plan to help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals. Whether it’s a plan of regular BOTOX® treatments or any other options available, you can safely reach your aesthetic goals with minimal impact on your life.