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How Long Till Botox Works?

Clients may notice botulinum toxin injection results three to five days after the treatment. This article explains what Botox is, how long it takes to work, factors affecting its effectiveness, how it feels when it takes effect, and the frequently asked questions.

Botulinum toxin injection is a popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure used to refresh and rejuvenate appearance. The anti-wrinkle treatment can eliminate creases and wrinkles on the face and leave clients with an attractive and youthful appearance. Some clients may start noticing the treatment results 3-5 days after the treatmentandthe full effects after thirty days. However, clients should look for a well-experienced, skilled cosmetic doctor for optimal results. This article delves deeper into botulinum toxin injections and their effectiveness.

How Long Does It Take for Botox to Work?

Botulinum toxin results start to show from three to five days after injection. Clients may experience full effects after thirty days. Patients start to see changes in their faces. The signal nerves are blocked, making facial muscles relax, and reducing wrinkles and creases. Clients feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Patients should return to the clinic thirty days after the treatment when they do not observe any changes. The effectiveness of the anti-wrinkle treatment varies from client to client and how the treatment is conducted. The effectiveness also depends on various factors, such as the treated area, injection frequency, and the number of units used. Patients should seek treatment from a qualified and certified cosmetic doctor.

What Is Botox?

Botulinum toxin injections are done in the skin tissues to eliminate wrinkles and creases, enhancing a smooth and youthful appearance. When it is injected in small amounts, it is effective and safe. According to Pillay (2020),botulinum toxin treatments block the nerve signalsthat govern contractions of muscles, making them relax. The relaxation of muscles results in a younger and smother look.

Factors Affectingthe Effectiveness of Botulinum Toxin Treatment

According to Heydenrych (2020), patients with strong facial muscles may experience longer periods for the effects to kick in.Patients’ metabolism also depends on how long Botox takes to work. Every patient’s metabolism differs. Botox may start showing effects quickly for clients with a faster metabolism.

 The type of wrinkles and lines being treated also determines how long Botox takes effect. When clients use Botox to treat deep lines, detecting the full effects may take a while. Physiological differences are another factor. In some patients, the effects of Botox may start working after a few days, and for others, it may take longer.

The effects of botulinum toxin fade rapidly in clients who undergo the procedure frequently. The size of the muscles also contributes to how long Botox takes effect. When the muscle size is big, the effects will diminish quickly.

The experience of the cosmetic doctor also determines how long Botox will take effect. According to Witmanowski&Błochowiak (2020), when a cosmetic doctor performs the procedure wrongly, it may lead to adverse complications, such as bumps.  Clients must look for a well-experienced, trained and qualified cosmetic doctor to conduct the treatment.

The client’s physical activities contribute to the results of the botulinum toxin injection. Patients who exercise every day may observe their effects wear off faster. Exercise makes the metabolism rate rise. Patients who are physically fit recover faster after the injection and eradicate Botox more rapidly.

How It Feels When Botulinum Toxin Treatments Start Working

Clients notice the effectiveness of botulinum toxin effects when the lines and wrinkles disappear. The injected area becomes smooth and refreshed. Immediately after the treatment, patients may experienceswelling, redness, bruising and discomfort on the injected site. These side effects disappear after a short period. Some patients also experience mild headaches after the injection.

One day after injection, most patients may not experience any signs or symptoms that they have undergone treatment. However, patients may experience some minor bruising and swelling. This can be alleviated using a numbing cream.In rare cases, clients may have a minor headache.

One week after the treatment, patients may start seeing the treatment results. The injected site looks smooth and refreshed. After thirty days, clients experience the full effects of Botox injection. Their face looks more attractive and younger. Clients should ensure they choose a professional cosmetic doctor to conduct their treatment correctly as it is required.

How to Make Botox Work Faster

According to Shanbhag et al. (2019),clients should avoid exposing themselves to excessive sun. This is because it accelerates ageing and damages the skin even after the anti-wrinkle injection. Clients should stay indoors, but when outdoors, they should protect themselves from sun rays by wearing a hat or sunscreen. This helps them maintain their youthful and smooth appearance. It is good to stay away from sun rays to prevent the formation of wrinkles on the face.

Clients should also avoid over-exercising after the treatment. Exercise increases circulation in the face. This may cause Botox to be absorbed in regions not planned to be treated. The active activities and exercises also metabolisethe botulinum quickly, rapidly making the results wear off.

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox

How Quickly Can You See Results from Botox?

When a professional cosmetic doctor performs the injection, clients can start experiencing changes in their faces three to five days after the treatment. However, the full effects may be noticed after thirty days.

How Do You Know When the Anti-wrinkle Treatment Takes Effect?

Clients may start feeling tightness in their faces. The swelling and bruising also disappear. Their face becomes more refreshed, youthful, smooth and attractive.

Why Does Botox Make Your Forehead Shiny?

Botulinum toxin injections eliminate wrinkles in the injected area. The forehead becomes shiny after the anti-wrinkle injection because the surface becomes smoother.


Clients may start to experience the effects of Botox after five days after the treatment. However, the full effects may be noticed after thirty days. The client’s face begins to become smooth, refreshed and youthful. How long Botox takes to work varies from client to client. It may take different duration for the effects to kick in. Clients should seek a licenced cosmetic doctor to ensure their injection is safe and effective.


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Witmanowski, H., & Błochowiak, K. (2020). The whole truth about botulinum toxin–a review. Advances in Dermatology and Allergology/PostępyDermatologiiiAlergologii37(6), 853-861.

Charlotte Cremers