Botox is highly effective at minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It offers a refreshed, younger appearance, but to maintain your results, you’ll need to get periodic touch-ups.
How often should you schedule Botox injections? Since every patient is a little different, it’s best to defer to the guidance of your clinician, but the following are some general guidelines.
Here’s How Often to Schedule Botox Injections
Although Botox gets to work right away, you won’t see the full results of your treatment until about 5-7 days after receiving the injections. Most people can enjoy their results for about 3-4 months. You’ll see the best results longest lifespan of your results with proper skin care.
It may be tempting to schedule another appointment as soon as 3 months have passed, but before you do, you should consider whether you actually need it. If you’re still seeing the “new you” in the mirror, then you may be able to get by with waiting a while to schedule a touch-up appointment.
On the other hand, if you’ve noticed that the fine lines and wrinkles are beginning to reappear, then you can call the dermatology office to request an appointment. Botox injections are particularly popular for:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet (around your eyes)
- Lipstick lines
How Often Should You Get Botox for Medical Purposes?
Botox is widely used to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to delay their formation as part of a “prejuvenation” routine. Yet, it’s also approved for certain medical uses.
For example, if you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), likely accompanied by bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching), you may receive Botox injections into the masseter muscles as therapeutic treatment. The Botox injections will reduce the clenching of the jaw muscles, providing pain relief (and in some patients, relieving related tension headaches connected to TMD, as well).
Botox can also be given to patients with chronic tension headaches without TMD. If you’ve noticed that your tension headaches are coming back, it may be time to schedule an appointment.
Generally, Botox for therapeutic purposes can be given as often as every 3 months. If the 3-month mark is approaching and you’re noticing the signs that Botox is wearing off (e.g., jaw tiredness and tightness), then it’s time to schedule an appointment.
How to Make the Results of Botox Last as Long as Possible
It may be possible to make your results last a bit longer than they otherwise would by taking a couple of simple precautions. For example, if you smoke, consider talking to your doctor about smoking cessation methods. Smoking increases wrinkle formation and attacks the overall health of the skin.
Alcohol is another big contributor to aging skin because it dehydrates your body. Finding ways to reduce your alcohol intake will not only improve your complexion but your overall health, too.
This one may be more obvious, but it’s easy to forget— avoid excessive sun exposure when you can, and if you are going to spend significant time outdoors, be sure you are wearing sunscreen on all exposed areas of skin. It is recommended to be using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for daily use. Additionally, a broad-spectrum formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is ideal.
You can also cover up on warm days with thin, breathable clothing made from fabrics like linen, wear hats that shade your face (and shoulders if you can), and wear sunglasses to keep you from stressing your face muscles from squinting.
Schedule an Appointment for Botox Injections in Dallas
When it’s time for your next Botox touch-up, the friendly clinicians at Dallas Dermatology Partners are here for you. Schedule your Dallas dermatology appointment today and get back to looking as young as you feel.
If you’ve never had injectables in Dallas before, you can schedule a consultation to discuss whether treatments may be right for you.