Botox tops the list of non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The treatment is used to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and other visible signs of aging in the face. Plus, a Botox treatment only requires minutes, and there is no downtime after the procedure.
For those who are considering Botox or other non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, a meeting with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles is key. This meeting allows Dr. Azizzadeh to perform a full evaluation to determine if a patient qualifies for Botox and other cosmetic procedures. It also gives Dr. Azizzadeh an opportunity to educate the patient about Botox — and Botox touch ups.
What Is a Touch Up for Botox?
A touch up for Botox is sometimes required in the days after a Botox procedure. The results of a Botox treatment generally become visible within 24 to 36 hours, with the full effect of the injectable becoming transparent within one to two weeks. But, if Botox does not deliver its intended results shortly after treatment, a touch up may be necessary.
There are several reasons why a Botox touch up is performed. If Botox is injected into the forehead, lips, eyes, neck, or jawline and does not enhance the facial appearance, additional injections may be required for a patient to accomplish their treatment goals. Or, if certain muscles in the face are unaffected by Botox, touch up injections to specific areas of the face can help the patient achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.
How Long Does Botox Last?
A Botox treatment typically delivers results that last three to four months. In some cases, the results of Botox last up to six months. Yet, in other instances, Botox wears off sooner than expected. In these instances, a touch up for Botox may be performed, or more frequent Botox treatments may be required.
Botox Touch Up After Two Weeks: What You Need to Know
Patients who undergo a Botox treatment should expect to see the full results of treatment after 14 days. However, if a patient notices minimal changes or no changes in their facial appearance within two weeks of treatment, a Botox touch up can be performed.
Patients who do not see their desired results within two weeks of a Botox treatment should notify Dr. Azizzadeh. At this point, Dr. Azizzadeh can assess the patient and determine if a touch up for Botox can be used to improve facial appearance.
Dr. Azizzadeh personalizes a Botox touch up to his patient. Thus, each Botox touch up treatment is different, and the patient may receive a touch up for Botox that involves injections into one or more areas of the face.
Following a touch up for Botox, patient results are monitored. If the patient’s facial appearance does not improve, further touch ups for Botox or other facial rejuvenation treatments may be required.
Botox Touch Up After Two Months: What You Need to Know
A Botox touch up may be necessary approximately two months after treatment, due to the fact that the injectable’s effects have worn off.
The effects of Botox will disappear faster than expected due to several factors. If a patient’s Botox dosage is insufficient, their Botox treatment is unlikely to last as long as anticipated. Furthermore, if Botox is performed by an inexperienced facial plastic surgeon, it may be difficult for the patient to achieve long-lasting results.
Botox’s timeline varies based on the patient, the amount of Botox administered, and other factors. Meanwhile, there are many signs that the effects of Botox are wearing off, such as:
- Facial lines and wrinkles reappear
- Skin is no longer smooth
- Patient looks older than their actual age
Dr. Azizzadeh can evaluate a Botox patient at any time following their first treatment. If a patient finds their Botox results start to fade at two months after treatment, he can perform a touch up. Dr. Azizzadeh can also tailor a Botox treatment program’s schedule to his patient. That way, the patient can receive the right amount of Botox at different intervals and maximize their treatment results.
What Is the Cost of a Botox Touch Up?
The cost of a Botox touch up varies based on the amount of Botox required and other factors. Dr. Azizzadeh discusses the cost of a touch up for Botox before he provides treatment.
How to Make Botox Last Longer
Dr. Azizzadeh offers tips to help patients prolong the results of Botox injections. These tips include:
1. Apply a Topical Cream to the Treatment Area
Botox may be used in combination with a topical cream to rejuvenate the facial appearance. A topical cream can contain vitamin C and other powerful ingredients that promote skin health. As a result, the cream may help a patient simultaneously revitalize their skin and get the best results from Botox injections.
2. Limit Sun Exposure
Direct sunlight drives blood circulation and causes blood vessels to disperse, limiting the effectiveness of Botox. Therefore, patients should wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen that provides both UV A and B protection after treatment.
3. Avoid Strenuous Exercise
Strenuous exercise can cause Botox to metabolize more quickly. It can also lead to increased facial muscle contractions that hamper the performance of Botox injections. As such, patients should avoid long periods of exercise, so they can extend the results of Botox.
4. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Processed foods and sugary sweets can impact a Botox patient’s physical health and skin. These foods should be avoided; instead, they can be replaced with nutrient-rich alternatives that promote physical wellbeing and skin hydration.
5. Alleviate Stress
Stress can accelerate the natural aging process, as well as speed up Botox’s lifespan. To alleviate stress, Botox patients can practice mindfulness activities like yoga or journaling.
Do I Need a Botox Touch Up?
Dr. Azizzadeh can meet with a patient to determine if a Botox touch up can be beneficial. The consultation allows Dr. Azizzadeh to explore the results of a patient’s previous Botox injections. If Dr. Azizzadeh determines a touch up for Botox is ideal, he can perform the treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh can also develop a custom Botox treatment plan for his patient.
For patients who are considering a Botox touch up, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to discuss treatment options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.