How Long Does Botox Take to Work?

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox is the number one cosmetic treatment in the country. With a whopping 5.7 million procedures performed last year, it’s up 621 percent from the year 2000. That's one billion dollars worth of wrinkles—totally relaxed. 

Not only is it one of the most affordable cosmetic procedures you can have, it also happens to be the "go-to" neurotoxin for many dermatologists and plastic surgeons due to its ability to provide long-term wrinkle reduction and even more importantly, prevention of future wrinkles. However, despite the fact that Botox is extremely pervasive these days, most women don't actually know much about it.

For instance, how it actually works. But don't worry, Chestnut Hill, MA, facial plastic surgeon Jeffrey Spiegel, MD, offers a great explanation in layman terms: "Botox works by blocking the way the nerve stimulates muscles in the face," he says. And by blocking the receptor that signals the muscle to retract, the muscle doesn’t move and therefore relaxes and relieves wrinkles. 

Another common fact about Botox that women don't know is how long it takes to see the effects of it. When we asked our NewBeauty Facebook fans how long they think it takes, we heard answers in the range of 24 hours to five weeks!

Again, Dr. Spiegel clears it up: "Everyone is different. It would be unusual to see much difference before two days and most people see it working really well in about five days." 

If you are looking for a quicker result, some competitors like Dysport take effect sooner, says New York dermatologist Gervaise Gerstner, MD, but "the results are not as good for many patients," he says. "Botox is the only neurotoxin I use."

Do you have any other pressing Botox questions left, ladies?

3 Comments
  • Men use botox too!
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    Wonder why Dr Spiegal assumed only the "ladies" had pressing questions about botox?

  • VINNY
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    HAD BOTOX TUE MAY 7 70 UNITS HAD IT DONE BEFORE NO PROBLEM THE LINES ON MY FORHEAD ARE WORSE SOLLEN IT LOOKS LIKE CREASES DOCTOR SAID WAIT 7 DAYS BUT ILOOK TERRIBLE RIGHT NOW ILL WAIT THE 7 DAYS BUT HAVE A WEDDING TO GO TO IN 2 WEEKS DONT NO WHAT TO DO IT REALLY LOOKS BAD VINNY I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE CORRETED VINNY

  • Dr Rhys Branman
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    Dysport works a little faster. Whereas Botox can take 5 - 7 days, Dysport can work as soon as a day or two after being injected. This could make a difference if you had an important event planned. Some say that Dysport works for people who have become "Botox resistant." Resistance to Botox (meaning it stops working, or working as well) is one reason one may not want to start Botox (or Dysport) too early. So although there is a trend for young women to try and prevent wrinkles by having injections at the sites of potential "lines at rest" or static wrinkles, it is best to wait to avoid this possibility. Of course, Dysport may be another alternative, but this has not been studied. Some who become Botox resistant may respond, and some may not. Dr Rhys Branman Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center

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