How long does Botox last?


Botox is currently the number one facial anti-aging injectable treatment in the US. It helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines from specific facial areas. It is an ideal solution for people who want to minimize aging signs on the face but do not want to consider a cosmetic surgery.

However, the primary difference between plastic surgery and Botox is that outcomes from plastic surgery are long-lasting and even permanent in some cases while Botox results are temporary.

The patient can seek touch up Botox treatments under the doctor’s supervision to make the results longer lasting. During the pre-treatment consultation, the Botox provider will inform the patient about the sustainability of Botox outcomes to enable them to make a well-informed choice.

Devoted board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides Botox and various other non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures to patients in Chicago, IL, and surrounding locations.

Longevity of Botox Injections

Botox results will sustain between three to four months in case the person is undergoing the treatment for the first time. Botulinum toxin type A is the active component in Botox. It is a strong biological agent.

However, its potency decreases over time causing the treated muscle to become active again after a few months. With the muscle becoming active, fine lines and wrinkles will reappear in the treated areas.

Botox outcomes can sustain for longer in case the patient receives many Botox treatments over a longer period administered by an expert injection provider.

The repetitive Botox use will train the underlying dynamic muscles of the face to remain relaxed. This will cause aging-related wrinkles and fine lines to become less noticeable, and the Botox results will be more sustainable.

People who undergo Botox treatments routinely will require progressively fewer treatment sessions. This means that the treatments will be spaced more widely apart.

Variable Longevity

The sustainability of Botox outcomes can differ between patients. Individuals with stronger facial muscles typically experience deeper frown lines. In these cases, the botulinum toxin restricts the motion of the muscle that is causing the wrinkle formation. However, the activity of the muscle will be restored sooner due to the strength of the underlying muscle.  

Conversely, people with weaker muscles in the face may be able to sustain the outcomes of Botox for a comparatively more prolonged duration. Men tend to have more robust facial muscles. Therefore, the results may last for a shorter duration in men relative to women.

Repeat Treatments

In case the patient wants repetitive Botox treatments, they must monitor when the activity of the facial muscle seems to be returning to its natural level. They can also visit the Botox treatment provider periodically for evaluation. The patient should honestly disclose to the treatment provider when they last received Botox treatment.

The treatments should be spaced out as directed by the injection provider. The amount of Botox gel used during a treatment session will also impact the sustainability of the results. Accomplished cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL and nearby areas in The Land of Lincoln for Botox injectable treatment.