If you’re wondering how often you should get Botox® injections, you probably already know that Botox is one of the most effective treatments to mitigate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth, eyes, and brows.
It’s no secret that as you age, you develop more lines and wrinkles because you tend to laugh, smile, and make facial expressions in the same way. Over time, those patterns etch themselves into your face.
If the lines and wrinkles are beginning to bother you when you look in the mirror, it may be time to consider a Botox treatment to smooth them out. The experts at Melanie Adams Dermatology in Columba, Maryland, have considerable experience administering Botox treatments.
Here’s their best advice on getting Botox.
When you laugh, smile, cry, or make any other facial expression, the muscles in your face contract. Different contractions allow you to express different emotions. But whatever the emotion, the contractions eventually create wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox helps to smooth out those lines and wrinkles by blocking your nerves from sending the message that tells your facial muscles to contract. This softens and relaxes the wrinkles and lines, leaving your face looking smoother and younger.
Once you get your first injection — the process only takes about 10 minutes — you might be surprised at just how effective the treatment is. There’s no downtime afterward, and you usually begin to see results within a few days.
A few months after your Botox treatment, you might begin to notice the same old facial wrinkles returning. This means it’s time for another injection if you want to keep the wrinkles at bay.
Every patient is unique, which is why you need a customized plan developed by a qualified provider, but as a general rule, each injection lasts 3-4 months before wearing off.
Some patients like to get their next injection as soon as they see any changes, while others are fine waiting six months or so between appointments. If you become a regular Botox user, you may notice that as your muscles become trained to relax more, the same injections last longer.
Having a provider with expertise administering Botox injections is important. For example, if the number of units injected is too small, the results wear off more quickly and you might be back in the office sooner than you hoped.
Most adults are candidates for Botox. If you’re interested in finding out more from an experienced Botox provider, call Melanie Adams Dermatology to schedule a consultation, or you can request an appointment online. You’ll be glad you did!