Botox treatments, scientifically called botulinum toxin, are a fast-acting, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that will eliminate wrinkles like crow’s feet, fine lines, unwanted creases, forehead lines, and frown lines. We understand that you want to eliminate these wrinkles fast. But how long does it take to see the effects of botox?
You may see immediate improvements at the injection site, but it can take 10–14 days to see the full results after a botox injection. Keep reading to learn more about what results you can expect after your botox injection and how long it takes for botox to work.
Can You See Botox Results Immediately?
Botox injections do not work instantly, but you can expect to see positive results quickly from your treatment. Most patients observe significant improvements in the appearance of their skin after just 3–4 days. Patients can expect to see the full effect around 14 days after their botox injection. First-time Botox users might need to wait longer than regular users to see great results.
The appearance of fine lines and shallow wrinkles will lessen quickly, and deeper, harsher lines and wrinkles will take more than 14 days to fade. Around 14 days, all the treated areas will look smoother, fuller, and more youthful. Wrinkles and fine lines will disappear or appear smaller and softer.
Botox treatments use chemical messengers to tell your facial muscles to relax and stop specific muscle contractions. It takes time for the message to get to all of the treated areas, so it can take up to two weeks to see the full results.
How Long Does Botox last?
Over time, all of the chemicals from the botox treatment will get used up, so the results usually only last about three to four months. To maintain the maximum results, patients should schedule a follow-up treatment no more than four months after their first treatment.
At Great City Medical, your specialists can discuss your ideal treatment plan to ensure you maintain your desired aesthetic and always look your best.
What Can I Expect Immediately after Botox?
While you will not see the full results from your botox treatment immediately, you will notice differences in your skin immediately after a botox injection.
Botox is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure with almost no recovery time and few reported side effects. Immediately after botox, you may experience some swelling and notice small red dots or bumps at the injection site immediately after treatment. Still, these should go away entirely within a couple of hours of treatment.
Try not to touch or rub the injection sites so that the Botox is not disturbed and does not spread to other facial areas. To prevent spread, it is also recommended to avoid exercise for 24 hours after your treatment and to keep your head elevated at night for the first few days for best results.
How Can You Tell if Someone Has Had Botox?
It might be entertaining to point at celebrities on TV and guess if they’ve had botox and filler — but it is pretty difficult or impossible to tell if someone has had botox when appropriately administered by a medical professional.
Botox treatment will enhance the natural look of your skin with subtle anti-aging effects. It should not interfere with your normal facial expressions or muscle movement. People may compliment you that you look great, but they won’t know you had botox!
Why Does Botox Make Your Forehead Shiny?
Light naturally reflects off of smooth surfaces, so the smoother your skin, the more light will bounce. Botox injections smooth the skin, which can cause it to appear shinier, especially if it is overdone.
Patients tend to struggle with forehead wrinkles the most, as these wrinkles can be profound and apparent. Therefore, it is tempting to request a large dose of botox in this area. At Great City Medical, we recommend dosage levels that will reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles without causing the forehead to look unnaturally smooth and shiny.
Make a Botox Appointment
Are you interested in getting safe, effective botox injections in New York City? Call us today to set up your botox injection appointment with one of our medical professionals. We also provide dermal fillers and other dermatological treatments. We’ll help you get beautiful results with no plastic surgery. Our doctors help you stay healthy and keep your skin looking its best!