Age and repetitive muscle contractions can cause skin to wrinkle, negatively affecting appearance and self-esteem. However, you can regain confidence in your appearance with the help of Botox® to slow those physical signs of aging.
While Botox® works to combat the signs of aging and enhance your appearance, it’s best to get the advice of a specialist like double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi to determine how often you need Botox® touch-ups.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is a neuromodulator that temporarily blocks signals to the muscles that cause skin to wrinkle. By preventing repetitive motions, Botox® reduces and smooths the appearance of fine lines. It’s an effective treatment for patients with moderate to severe wrinkles, looking for natural-looking results.
Botox® treatments smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without affecting movement in untreated areas of the face. Typically, it addresses lines in areas like the:
- Eye area
- Lips and mouth
What Issues Can Botox® Address?
If you are experiencing moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles, those caused by repetitive muscular contractions, Botox® offers a solution to diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Typically, Botox® is used to address:
- Glabellar lines (the 11s)
- Crow’s feet
- Perioral lines (smoker’s lines)
- Frown lines
The best time to begin Botox® treatments is before lines set in—typically, in the late 20s or early 30s. If you have lines that stay on your face even when you aren’t making expressions, Botox® can help soften those lines and prevent them from getting deeper and reduce their appearance following a series of treatments.
How Long Does Botox® Last?
Every patient will have a unique response to Botox®. Based on this response and the Botox® placement, results last for approximately 3-6 months. But after you’ve had your first Botox® treatment, how often should you schedule touch-up treatments?
Your touch-up routine depends on a few factors: your age, severity of your wrinkles, and how long your Botox® treatment typically lasts. For many patients, the average Botox® efficacy time is approximately 4 months before the original facial lines begin to reappear.
Depending on your response to Botox®, your maintenance injections should be scheduled every 12-16 weeks to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. If you are using Botox® as a preventative treatment, every 12 weeks is the typical injection schedule.
Is Botox® Right for You?
During your consultation with double board-certified Dr. Hamwi, he will recommend the number of Botox® units and placement required to meet your aesthetic goals.
Typically, Dr. Hamwi recommends candidates for Botox® should:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be non-smokers
- Live a healthy lifestyle
- Not be pregnant or nursing
- Have no history of neuromuscular diseases
- Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations
- Understand the procedural risks
Schedule Your Botox® Consultation with Dr. Kristopher Hamwi!
As one of the top rated plastic surgeons in the country, double board-certified Dr. Kristopher Hamwi uses his vast training and experience to help guide you through all aspects of your injectable journey with the best Botox® in Sarasota.
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