How Long Until Botox Works? (Duration, What To Expect & More)

Are you planning on getting a Botox treatment done any time soon?

Do you want to know how long the effects work and if there is some way you can prolong the results?

If you are thinking about getting a Botox shot to enhance your beauty or for any cosmetic reason, you are sure to have some questions, and this article could help tackle most of those. We talk about how a Botox treatment gets done and how long it generally takes, and what you can expect after the procedure. We also discuss whether there is any change you may notice from the day of the procedure till the effects show up and how long it takes for the results to go away.

This is how a Botox treatment is done and how long it takes

Here is how a Botox treatment is performed:

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  • Depending on what area of the body you are getting the Botox treatment done, it can take from as less as a few minutes to just a little longer. Also, you do not require any anaesthetic for a Botox treatment, as the needles that will be used are very small and may cause only the least amount of pain or discomfort.
  • Your doctor will use very fine needles to inject the Botox into the specific area where you are getting the treatment done. The Botox will be injected into the muscles that are responsible for that particular function. For instance, if you are using Botox to reduce wrinkles near the eyes, your doctor will inject the Botox in the specific muscles around the eye area that can help to erase the existing wrinkles and will also prevent new ones from developing, till the effect lasts.
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    In case you are getting the Botox injections to reduce your problem of excessive sweating, a condition that is known as hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating especially in the under arm area, the Botox will be injected in the glands in the under arm.

What to expect immediately after the procedure?

Every person is different and our bodies have a different way of handling any treatment, and the same applies to a Botox treatment as well. Here are a few things that you may notice immediately after the procedure, but do remember that while some people may experience it, it is not necessary that everyone will.

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1. Swelling

  • Some patients do complain of a little swelling in the area where they receive the injection, but this usually goes away within a few hours of the Botox procedure.
  • You can check with your doctor if it is fine to apply a cold compress to the area, as it can help to bring down the swelling faster and may prevent it from getting too visible.

2. Some bruising

  • You can expect to notice some amount of bruising right after the Botox procedure is performed.
  • In most cases, this will be in the form of small red dots that can appear on the specific part of the skin right after the procedure is done. These will be visible for a few hours after the procedure has been performed.

3. Red dots

  • You may also notice the appearance of small red dots on the area of the skin where you got the Botox treatment done.

How long until the full effect of the Botox procedure can be seen? 

Usually, it takes about 7 to 14 days for the full effect of the Botox procedure to show up.

What else can I expect during this period?

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  • Once you get the Botox procedure done, you will gradually notice the difference from the day of the procedure to the time when the full results of the Botox treatment actually show up.
  • As the Botox starts showing results, your fine lines and wrinkles will start to relax. This means that, the deep lines that you had till now will not suddenly go away, but will be less visible as they sort of merge in with your skin.
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    Also, you will gradually notice a change in the way you are able to move the specific area where you had the Botox injected. For instance, if you had a Botox injection near your mouth, you may find it a little difficult to smile and laugh immediately after the procedure is done. In the next few days, this movement around the mouth area will get a little more relaxed and will not feel stiff or weird.
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    With time, you will notice that you are able to move your mouth the way you did earlier, but the effect will be controlled.

Why does it take long for Botox to work? Is there a way to speed this up?

It usually takes about 72 hours for the first effects of Botox to show up. However, do keep in mind that the amount of time it takes for the effects to first start showing up can differ from person to person, and can also depend on the area where you have injected it and the results you are looking for.

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  • As a general rule, if you are using the Botox procedure to take care of smaller wrinkles, the effects will take effect faster as compared to a larger area or deeper wrinkles. For instance, if you are using the Botox injections for removing crow’s feet, you will see the results faster as compared to the effects that you see if you are using the Botox injections to remove the wrinkles on your forehead.
  • In some cases, it can also take as long as ten days for the results to show up. This means that, if you are using the Botox treatment for a specific occasion and want the results to show up within a designated time, then it is best that you speak to your doctor and get the treatment done faster, so that the results show up as per your requirement. This will also give you enough time to take care of any side effects that may show up and get perfect looking skin before your big occasion.

The delay in the time it takes for the results of Botox to show up is because of the way your body reacts to it. If you want to see faster results, speak to your doctor and check if you need top-ups to your regular dose of Botox.

After the procedure peaks, how long does it take before the results fade away? 

In regular cases, the results of the Botox treatment will be visible for up to three to six months, before it starts to fade away. This is because, once your doctor injects Botox into your muscles, it blocks the nerves from sending any signals to the muscles. This reduces movement in that particular area, which helps to reduce the wrinkles and prevents further wrinkles.

Over time, the movement in the muscles begins to return again, which means that the movement in those specific areas is back. When that happens, fine lines and wrinkles can again start to appear. However, after a Botox treatment, the fine lines and wrinkles that may appear in that area will be much less visible as compared to those that appear in someone who has not had the procedure done.

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