Botox: How often and when is too much?
How often and when is too much?
Botox disrupts the communication between muscles and their nerve endings. While Botox treatments can temporarily affect nerve communication, the results are not permanent. Once a person has their first Botox treatment and sees the difference, two questions come to mind: How long will this last? How often can I get Botox?
Strange at it may sound; people who get Botox routinely need injections less often. Why? The effects of Botox last longer for long-term users than for beginner users. For beginning users the effects last around three months. One factor that contributes to getting Botox frequently is the amount of Botox your physician injects. If you are a beginner user, your physician might start with a small amount and keep going up as he reviews your results. Another factor is the muscle resistance. For some people a small amount of Botox goes a long way, for others, it takes several treatments. The stronger the facial expressions, the longer it will take for the muscles to be trained to relax. This means that as you get Botox consistently, you might find getting used to being relaxed, extending the amount of time between Botox treatments.
“Botox will keep the facial muscles atrophied, and over time the muscles grow accustomed to staying in this position,” says Franklin D. Richards, MD, FACS, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. “This is why it is important to be on a regular injection routine. With the help of a physician, each patient can determine what the best schedule for Botox injections can be.”
While it can be really tempting to get Botox treatments frequently, the recommended waiting period is three to four months minimum. Getting Botox too frequently can cause excess amounts of Botox in your body and result in your face appearing immobilized, which can look very unnatural.
“What’s most important is you find a physician that routinely performs Botox injections and specializes in them,” Dr. Richards says. “Because injectables are about 90 percent art and 10 percent science, you really have to have an eye for what has to be corrected and what can be corrected.”