What You Should Know About Botox Treatments in New York CityPublished on January 6, 2015 by Westchester Center For Dermatology
Botox gives noticeable results and to maintain the results, it’s necessary to continue the injections. Generally a Botox treatment lasts as long as four month, with the average range being three to six months. Several variables affect how long an injection will last. A highly-experienced and skilled cosmetic dermatologist gives the best results by ensuring product freshness and the best injection sites.
What Botox Does for Your Appearance
Botox can be used on its own or with dermal fillers. It’s often used to reduce expression wrinkles, including frown marks, worry lines and crow’s feet. Botox works by interfering with the nerve signals to facial muscles. With the muscles in a relaxed state, lines soften, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Why Botox Effects Don’t Last
Individuals vary in their response to Botox treatments conducted in our NYC dermatology offices. Those with the greatest muscle tone need more frequent treatments to retain results than people with weaker facial muscles. If the Botox isn’t fresh, results fade faster than an injection of fresh product. Although Botox binds nerve receptors to keep an expression muscle inactive, the body regenerates the nerve receptors and the muscles start moving again over time. This is why repeat injections are needed to retain the benefits.
The method of diluting or reconstituting Botox for injection also has an effect on the product’s effectiveness. The amount of product in each injection may affect how long the results will last.
In some cases, keeping the muscles relaxed through the use of Botox results in weakening the muscles so that less Botox is required to maintain your results.
Are There Concerns About Repeated Botox Injections?
Cosmetic surgeons have used Botox successfully since 2002 in millions of effective treatments. It’s generally safe and while side effects are possible, they tend to be rare and fairly minor. Repeat injections as often as every two to three months — which is more often than most people need — are considered to be safe.
The best time to schedule the next treatment in order to sustain your results is when muscle movement first begins to return. By getting the next injection before full muscle movement returns, you prevent wrinkles from deepening.