What Causes Botox To Wear Off?

The longevity of Botox lasts anywhere from 2-6 months. The average longevity lasts about 3-4 months. So, why does Botox eventually stop working? Your body makes new neurotransmitters all the time, so the “blocking” effect of Botox gradually wears off naturally. Therefore, the muscles are no longer inhibited. 

If you are a first-time Botox user, it’s important to be mindful that your first experience is not likely to result in optimal, long-lasting results. Initially, it can taking multiple Botox treatments before your muscles become adequately conditioned and respond to the botulinum toxin. Results last longer after several sessions, as the skin has more time to regenerate the collagen it needs to fill in those fine lines and wrinkles. When injected for cosmetic reasons, Botox lasts four to six months on average, but you can expect the effects of your first treatment to wear off faster. You’ll likely need to schedule your second appointment for two or three months following your first treatment. 

So, What Causes Botox to Wear off?

Can I Make my Botox Last Longer?

There are also other long term and short term techniques to increase the longevity of your Botox treatments.

Short term methods

Zinc supplements have recently been discovered to help extend the efficacy of your Botox treatment. In a 2012 study, Houston-based oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Charles Sopokar reported that 44 patients who took a zinc and phytase supplement, called Zytase, four days before their Botox injections experienced better and longer-lasting results. This is because the botulinum toxin belongs to a group of enzymes that are zinc dependent.

Retin-A wrinkle treatments can also assist in extending the effects of Botox. The combination of Botox with a topical retinoid cream can decrease the need for additional Botox units per visit, and potentially prolong the time between treatments. Retinoids can also be applied to parts of the face not typically treated by Botox.

Long term methods

In general, regular treatments yield optimal longer-lasting results. A recent study revealed that administering Botox to a specific area on the face at regular four month intervals for two years causes the muscles to take an increasingly long time to recover, meaning that the effects of Botox lasted longer.

When you receive your first Botox treatment, your muscles are at their strongest. This means you require more units and more frequent visits when you first start using Botox.

The most effective way to prolong the effects of your Botox treatments is to remain a regular at your injector’s office. In addition, it is helpful to receive injections before your previous treatment has entirely worn off. This will maintain the muscles at a halt and state and keep wrinkles at ease.

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