Ever since the FDA approved Botox injectable treatment in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of facial signs of aging, it has continued to be one of the most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatments. A single treatment with Botox can produce desirable results, which will begin to appear in about three to four days, and continue to improve until about two weeks.
The results will usually last for about three to four months, and may linger up to six months in a few cases. The results are subtle but noticeable and very natural looking, which makes it a procedure of choice for many people. Dr. Q’s medical spa provides Botox injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding communities.
Prolonging the Outcome
Under a physician’s supervision and guidance, a fit candidate may receive repeat treatments of Botox injections for an indefinite period of time. The experts may have different opinions about how much gap should be there between two treatments, but most Botox experts agree that a good candidate can continue to receive repeat treatments two or three times a year until the frown muscles never regain their full natural strength.
Over a period of about two years with continuous Botox treatments every four to six months, the wrinkle-forming frown muscles will atrophy or shrink. Many patients who go through this regimen may also lose their frowning reflex. Once this is achieved, the patient may continue to receive Botox injections with longer intervals, or even stop using Botox, but their frown will remain much less conspicuous that it was two years previously.
In that sense, Botox results can last for a substantial period of time, if a carefully planned long-term Botox injection regimen is followed. Dr. Q’s medical spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Botox anti-aging facial treatment and various other procedures.
Factors Determining the Longevity of Results
The longevity of Botox effects will be impacted by the following factors:
Botox is used in tiny, highly diluted quantities and controlled doses for safe use. The sustainability of its results on the surface will be influenced by the number and volume of injections placed at a particular site. Different areas need different dosage, and the treatment provider should be able to deliver the precise amount for desirable and longer lasting results.
Patient’s Physical Attributes
The patient’s lifestyle and physical attributes will have an impact on the longevity of Botox effects. Patients with thick facial muscles will need higher dosage to achieve longer lasting results. Athletic patients may experience that their results dissipate faster because of their body’s healing ability to eliminate the neurotoxin.
Frequency of Usage and Provider’s Expertise
Anecdotal evidence suggests that patients who consistently use Botox over several years can enjoy results for up to nine months to a year with a single injection. The expertise of the injector who is providing the treatment will also make a difference to how effectively the dosage is administered and how long lasting the results may turn out to be.
For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2660.