When Does Botox Start Working?

If you’re experiencing signs of natural aging like crow’s feet and laugh lines, Botox is an excellent way to restore your skin’s youth and beauty. Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacteria clostridium botulinum. When injected into the face, this safe treatment will temporarily paralyze the muscles to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Here at Elite Aesthetics & Wellness, one question our patients often ask is “how long does it take for Botox to work?”

When Does Botox Take Effect?

Botox can take anywhere from 3 to 14 days to take effect. You may begin noticing the first signs just a few days after the procedure, but the full impact should be noticeable two weeks after the procedure. The timing depends on a few key factors, including the size of the dose, the area it was injected, and the texture of your skin. Many patients experience a feeling of tightness or heaviness for the first week or two, but that will fade as the Botox settles into place.

As a rule of thumb, Botox usually works the quickest in areas with fine lines. These areas can include the corners of the eyes, where crow’s feet are common, and the forehead if lines are present. On the other hand, deep lines on the forehead, cheeks, and between the eyes will take longer to have a noticeable change. This delay is largely due to the skin texture requiring a more dramatic transformation, as well as the larger size of the muscles in that part of the face.

Why the Wait for Botox Results?

Botox does not yield instant results because it takes time to bind with the underlying tissue and muscle of your face. When we inject Botox into a certain location, the active ingredient binds to an area between your muscles and nerve endings known as the “motor endplate.” Once it’s bound, the Botox will send a chemical message to the surrounding muscles telling them to relax. This relaxation effect travels up from the muscles to the skin on the surface. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance for the duration of the Botox. On average, you can expect Botox results to last about three to four months.

Quality Botox in Newport Beach, CA

While we have answered the question “how long does it take for Botox to start working” in general terms, the time it takes for Botox to start working depends on the specific person. This is why we always recommend consulting with our knowledgeable staff to learn more about the results you can expect.

We’ll answer all of your questions, put together a custom plan for your aesthetic goals, and ensure your skin looks healthy and beautiful. Call us today to get started or fill out our online form!

All their staff are knowledgeable and make genuine recommendations that best suit your needs. D’Andra recommended for me to try Morpheus 8 first before I tried using under eye fillers. She explained to me that this technology helps with rejuvenating your skin by utilizing micro needling and simultaneously adding heat at the point of each needle that produces new collagen and tightens the skin essentially allowing my skin to repair itself without the use of additives. 

Elite Aesthetics & Wellness did an impeccable job. What initially impressed me was the lavish decor. The first-class service left me in a daze. D'Andra, the nurse practitioner administered the Botox herself. She proved an expert. My problem areas were identified. A treatment plan was created specifically to treat my fine lines. The different approaches discussed included risks and benefits. Elite Aesthetics & Wellness made me feel very comfortable with the procedure and the quality of the treatment was outstanding.

More testimonials