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How Quick and How Long Does Botox Work?

So you just got Botox. How long until you start seeing results? Great question, we’re glad you asked.

Dr. Rajani is telling us what we all wanna know –how quick and how long Botox treatments actually last. You will start to see results when you wake up in the morning on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day after being injected. Your muscle movement in the injected area will start to decrease on those days and will peak after 10-14 days.

After this, there is the atrophy effect. This means that when your muscle doesn’t move, it begins to shrink down. Think about if you were to break your arm and wear a cast; your arm is immobilized and the muscle shrinks down pretty quickly. That is what we are trying to do with the muscles in your face. So it is very important that your injector knows the right places to inject Botox. You want to shrink the right muscles in the right places to get the results that you desire.

Atrophy is a prolonged effect that occurs over a few months. You might hear people say, “Oh yeah, my Botox lasted five months.” The reality of what they are seeing is the actual shrinking of the muscle that lasted five months, not the immobilized muscle. So remember, 2-3 days for Botox to take effect, 14 days for it to peak, and atrophy occurs over a few months.

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