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How Long Does Botox Take to Effect

The botulinum toxin results are notable after the toxin stops nerve signals. Botulinum toxin takes three to five days for noticeable results. Keep reading to know when you can see full results.

Cosmetic patients who wish to have botulinum toxin injection should know a few things about the injection. Botulinum toxin injection is commonly referred to as Botox by patients. Unlike other cosmetic products like fillers, botulinum toxin does not have immediate results. Botulinum toxin is effective when facial creases are too prominent for cosmetic products. The skin develops creases,  wrinkles,and fine lines on the areas where the skin has continually made contractions like facial expressions and collagen loss, which maintains the skin structure.Botox is also usedin improving medical conditions.

What Is Botox?

Botulinum toxin is a wrinkle muscle relaxer. After injection, the injected muscle relaxes and stops muscle movements. Botulinum toxin is used as a cosmetic product and for medical conditions. As a cosmetic, it is injected into areas like the forehead, chin, lips, glabella, around the eye, and the jawline to treat wrinkles, fine lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.A cosmetic doctor or aesthetic practitioner does botulinum toxin injection.

How Long Does Botox Take to Effect?

Botulinum toxin does not have immediate results like other cosmetic procedures. It takes a few days for the patients to notice the results. The results will depend on theamount injected, the area injected, depth of the creases, fine lines, or frown lines. The results are easily noticed if more botulinum toxin is injected in areas with minor creases. Areas around the eye require less botulinum toxin amount. Patients can notice minor results for at least five to 10 days and full results after at least a month.

Why Does Botox take Time to Work?

Botulinum toxin is injected into muscles that move to make creases, injecting these muscles, and botulinum toxin stop nerve signals from reaching the muscles to initiate movements. According to Carré et al. (2022), botulinum toxin binds with SNARE,which carries the nerve signals. The binding is immediate, but it takes time for the SNARE to shut down completely.

Botox  Procedure

Dover et al. (2018) explained that the botulinum toxin procedure is a sterile procedure that takes a few minutes, depending on the number of injections. The cosmetic doctor will examine the area to be treated and mark injection points; this will help determine how the treated area will look. The cosmetic doctor will inject the marked points with the botulinum toxin and massage it to align the toxin. The procedure is not painful; anaesthetics will be used if the patient is uncomfortable with injections. The cosmetic doctor and the type of botulinum toxin.

Benefits of Botox

Enhances Beauty

Ageing makes facial features that enhance beauty,like lips, cheeks, and jawline, less prominent. Having frown lines, surprise lines, or crow’s feet can make young patients appear old, tired or angry. Botulinum toxin helps to smooth out these creases and prevents them from forming, or if they are already formed, it prevents them from developing further.

Minimally Invasive and Fast Procedure

Many patients prefer minimally invasive cosmetic procedures like botulinum toxin injection because of the less downtime. The botulinum toxin procedure takes a few minutes, depending on the number of injections and the depth of the creases.

Nearly Immediate Results

Mostafa (2018) explained that after the botulinum toxin injection, the client would notice results after three to five days. The botulinum toxin will achieve full results after at least a month. The results are also long-lasting; the botulinum toxin lasts for at least five months, and the creases will become visible gradually.

Botox can Improve Health Conditions.

According to Matak et al. (2019),  botulinum toxin can improve health conditions like muscle pain. The botulinum toxin injection helps to relax the muscles, thus reducing pain. Botulinum toxin can help treat conditions like migraines, neck spasms, excessive sweating, and overactive bladder.

The Cost of Botox

The average cost of botulinum toxin is £500, depending on the type. The cosmetic doctor’s experience and location, the number of injections, and the area treated also determine the cost. Botulinum toxin is soldaccording tothe area injected or the number of units injected. The number of units method is effective when treating a small area, and according to the area treated method is effective when a patient wants results and the area treated is large or has deep creases.

Who is Eligible for Botox

Botulinum toxin is eligible for patients with frown lines, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, or surprise lines; however, the patients should be at least 18 years, not pregnant or lactating, and should have realistic expectations with botulinum toxin injection. Patients with sunburnt skin and those with a history of skin-dropping are also not eligible for botulinum toxin injection.

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox can last three to six months, depending on the number of injections, the area treated and how often a patient does touch-ups. Botulinum toxin lasts shorter in first-timers than in those who have done touch-ups.

How Does Botox Work?

Botulinum toxin limits the movements of the injected muscles. The toxin limits the nerve signals that cause muscle movements. Muscle movements cause facial expressions, which lead to skin creases. After botulinum toxin injection,patients will see minor results after a few days and full results after at least 30 days.

Does Botox Have Any Side Effects?

Botulinum toxin has minor side effects like bruising, swelling, redness at the injection point, headache, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. The side effects improve after a few days.


Botulinum toxin takes three to five days to effect. Patients can notice a few changes after five days, most changes after 10 to 15 days and full results after at least a month. Botulinum toxin stops muscle movements by cutting off communication between the injected muscles and the nerves. The botulinum toxin procedure is safe and not painful. Botulinum toxin enhances beauty by smoothing facial creases, fine lines, frown lines and crow’s feet, and it also improves health conditions like muscle pain. Botulinum toxin procedure is widely used because it is minimally invasive with almost immediate results. Only qualified aesthetic personnel or cosmetic doctor should do botulinum toxin injections.


Carré, D., Martin, V., Kouidri, Y., Morin, R., Norlund, M., Gomes, A., Lagarde, J. M., & Lezmi, S. (2022). The distribution of neuromuscular junctions depends on muscle pennation when botulinum neurotoxin receptors and SNAREs expression are uniforms in the rat. Toxicon: official journal of the International Society on Toxinology212, 34–41.

Dover, J. S., Monheit, G., Greener, M., & Pickett, A. (2018). Botulinum toxin in aesthetic medicine: myths and realities. Dermatologic Surgery44(2), 249.

Matak, I., Bölcskei, K., Bach-Rojecky, L., & Helyes, Z. (2019). Mechanisms of Botulinum Toxin Type A Action on Pain. Toxins11(8), 459.

Mostafa, D. (2018). Successful management of severe gummy smile using gingivectomy and botulinum toxin injection: A case report. International journal of surgery case reports42, 169-174.

Charlotte Cremers