Botox is a cosmetic treatment that can be performed by your dentist. It is often used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but it may also be used therapeutically to treat the symptoms of TMJ disorder. The use of it has been proven effective for both and has been approved by the FDA.
More formally known as botulinum toxin, botox is injected under the skin using tiny needles. Once there, it disrupts the signals between the nerves and muscles, allowing the muscles to relax and soften.
While many people turn to this treatment for different reasons, the downfall is that it is only temporary. The results you have today will eventually fade and you will need to undergo the treatment again.
So how long does botox last? Let’s take a look at every step on the timeline.
The Effect of Your Botox Treatment
Your botox appointment shouldn’t take more than a half hour - maybe even less. Keep in mind that your dentist will discuss the details of the treatment with you, especially if this is your first consultation.
Don’t expect to see the effects of your botox treatment before leaving your dentist’s office. It takes some time to begin working. The first signs that you had this procedure will start to appear about 24 to 48 hours after your dentist appointment. However, it can take up to two weeks to get the full effect.
How Long Will Each Botox Treatment Last?
After having the botox treatment and seeing the full effects, the time it will remain in effect will vary from patient to patient. For some, the results from your treatment could start to fade in about two months. For others, it could last for about six months.
It is common for those new to botox to experience the effects for a shorter time period - increasing with additional treatments. In other words, your first treatment may last about two months, but you may find your second botox treatment may last three months, etc.
Making Botox Last Longer
Is it possible to make the effects of botox last longer? There are a few steps you can take to potentially extend the longevity of your treatment, such as:
- Reduce your exposure to the sun - and always wear sunscreen
- Do not rub your face for the first day or two after your treatment
- Do not smoke
- Halt all vigorous exercise for the first day or so following treatment
- Maintain a safe and effective skincare routine
- Eat healthily - and stay hydrated
Most importantly, your botox treatment is only as successful as your botox injector. Be sure to seek a dentist, like Dr. Donald Miller of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, who has experience and skills at administering botox - as it pertains to your needs.
Interested in Botox Treatment?
If you are interested in botox for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, or for relieving jaw pain associated with TMJ, then Dr. Donald Miller of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry can help. We offer various types of dermal filler treatment, including Botox - and we have extensive experience in providing our patients with successful results.