How Often Should I Get Botox?

Of all non-surgical cosmetic procedures, Botox® continues to be the top choice for people seeking aesthetic or anti-aging procedures, according to year by year data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Nearly half of all minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in 2018 were for Botulinum Type A, the main ingredient in Botox. 

At Vitality Institute of Agoura in Agoura Hills, California, Dr. Stefanie Feldman and her team of expert aestheticians can target and relieve wrinkles on patients 18 and older with both Botox and Dysport® injections. But how often should you return for a maintenance session?

How Botox works

Botox is a neurotoxin, which acts as a local paralytic. In early use, it helped patients with strabismus, or a roving eye, calm their facial tics and normalize their vision. Now it targets the fine lines and wrinkles on your face, keeping tiny facial muscles from contracting and pulling your face into familiar grooves that make you look older.

The injections are done in several places around the muscles that need to be relaxed, and the entire process only takes about ten minutes. Contrary to myth, Botox injected correctly by a trained professional doesn’t make your face look flat or expressionless. You can still smile, frown, laugh and squint — your muscles just won’t allow the wrinkles to form around your natural expression. 

Botox frequency

How often you should get Botox depends on your age, wrinkles, and how long the treatment normally lasts for you. Not every patient is the same, but the average time frame for Botox efficacy is around four months. After that time period, you’ll start to see your original facial lines and wrinkles reappear.

If you are in your twenties and using Botox preventively, you might want to schedule a treatment every 12 weeks. Otherwise, a maintenance series of injections scheduled every 12-16 weeks is probably sufficient. Since you can go right back to your day after Botox, you can get treatments during your lunch hour or on a day off and enjoy the results for months.

Good candidates for Botox

Botox could be right for you if you have moderate-to-severe dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles caused by muscular contraction, not sun damage. If you don’t like the look of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, you can get treatment:

You should be in good health before having Botox treatment. Tell Dr. Feldman if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a neuromuscular condition, have any type of skin infection near your proposed injection sites, or are allergic to anything in the product. 

Ready to talk to a professional about Botox and other anti-aging treatments? Call Vitality Institute of Agoura at 818-208-3803 or book an appointment online today. 

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