It’s 2021, and everyone’s still talking about Botox®, one of the most popular cosmetic anti-aging treatment options in the United States. Injections with Botox effectively relax your facial muscles, reducing visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.
In the hands of a skilled provider, Botox leaves your facial skin looking years younger, without significantly reducing your expressiveness. At Longoria OBGYN, Dr. Leonardo A. Longoria and our team provide Botox injections to new and existing patients from around the El Paso, Texas, area.
If you’ve had one Botox treatment and are thrilled with your results, you might be wondering how long you’ll need to wait for a refresh session. Dr. Longoria can advise you on the best treatment spacing for your health and aesthetic goals. Here’s how it works.
How Botox works
Botox injections are derived from botulinum toxin, and the dose is small and medically safe. An injection is just enough to keep your targeted facial muscles from responding to the neurological signals that cause you to squint, frown, or smile in a way that creates and emphasizes facial lines.
The US Food and Drug Administration approves Botox as a treatment to reduce lines and wrinkles around your eyes (crow’s feet), frown lines between your eyebrows (glabellar lines), and horizontal lines and wrinkles stretching across your forehead. Botox can be used as a treatment for migraines or to address issues with abnormal sweating.
Botox pairs well with Allergan® dermal fillers and other injectables that target the bottom portion of your face, restoring lost facial volume for a more youthful overall appearance.
We deliver your Botox injections with a microneedle, minimizing any pain and discomfort. Some patients report slight stinging or burning sensations during injections. Your results start to appear within hours, and are fully apparent after a few days.
Scheduling repeat Botox sessions
You won’t need any downtime after a Botox session, although we may instruct you not to lie down or bend over for some hours following your procedure. We might also recommend that you restrict the muscle movements in the treated area immediately following your injection, for the best and longest-lasting results.
Your results from a Botox treatment generally lasts for 3-4 months. If you’re a repeat Botox user, you might actually notice your results lasting longer, up to 6 months, as your muscles shorten and shrink due to previous treatments.
When you notice your results disappearing after a few months, schedule a repeat session. You may need repeat treatments every 3-4 months to maintain your best results. We don’t recommend treatments spaced more frequently than three months, or you could develop a resistance to the Botox’s effects.
To get started with Botox or schedule an appointment to have your anti-aging results refreshed, contact us at Longoria OBGYN today. You can book your session over the phone or request an appointment online now.