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What affects the duration of Botox® and other neurotoxins

Oct 18, 2022 | 0 comments

What is Botox®?

Botox® is an injectable treatment approved by the FDA to temporarily improve the appearance of dynamic expression lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Botox® and other neurotoxins such as Xeomin, Dysport, and Jeuveaue all make up the number one minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure in the U.S. These popular anti-aging neurotoxin treatments have increased over the years. Botox® around 459% over 20 years! This quick treatment yields months of results. Young and older people enjoy the effects of muscle-relaxing treatments to fight off the signs of aging. Prices range up to $16/unit.

Botox® is often seen as a “quick fix” to wrinkles, but how long does it actually last? What factors affect the duration of the effects of Botox®? In this post, we’ll look closely at what affects Botox® and how you can make it last as long as possible.

Factors that affect the duration of your Botox® or neurotoxin results



Metabolism is the body’s chemical process of converting food to energy. Everyone has a unique metabolism, and how your body breaks down products has a lot to do with how long your Botox® or neurotoxins may last. For most patients, the results of the treatment can last up to four months. 

Dosage and the type of neurotoxin you chose

Man receiving Botox®

The dosage can influence your results, and according to the FDA, around 54 units in the upper face is the average recommended dose of Botox®. However, some patients require more units than others based on their lifestyle, muscle structure, and metabolism. Also, regular appointments for additional injections can determine how long your Botox® results last.

Another consideration is that there are a few options for FDA-approved neurotoxins, and finding what one works for your unique body can determine your results.

The skill of the injector

An expert Botox® injector

The skill and experience of your injector directly affect your results. A skilled injector with experience in injecting understands facial anatomy and the proper dosing necessary for optimal Botox® results and duration. 

Following your practitioner’s advice can help you extend your Botox® results. 

Taking care of your skin is essential for preventing Botox® from wearing off. For example, avoiding strenuous physical activity or chemical peels 24 hours after your Botox treatment can help you extend the results.

Physical activity


Physical activity and the shape you are in can affect your Botox® results. For example, active people, such as athletes, may see results from Botox® injections fade faster. Hot yoga, saunas, and steam rooms also play a part in the duration of neurotoxins. In addition, an athlete’s metabolism runs at a much higher rate than more sedentary people. As a result, athletes and people in shape seem to heal faster, and their Botox® will be eliminated from their bodies quicker.

Thick muscle structure

Different muscle thicknesses can require more Botox® injections to achieve the desired effect. The experience of your injector plays a considerable role in recommending the correct and safe number of units. Often, your provider will have you book a follow-up consultation to evaluate the results and add more if the initial units were insufficient. The proper unit dosage will ensure a longer-lasting Botox® treatment. 

Stagnant lines or lines at rest


Another factor is lines that are there when the patient is at rest and not frowning. These are sometimes referred to as stagnant lines. These lines have created a ridge through years of repetition and the wearing down of fat and collagen. As a result, we have seen an increase in “Baby Botox®” to prevent lines from forming.

Botox® and neurotoxin treatments are a great way to achieve long-lasting results, but some factors can affect how long those results last. By understanding these factors, you can ensure you get the most out of your treatment. Please call us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation. We would be happy to help!

Why Choose Skin Theory?

We offer top-of-the-line and FDA-approved neurotoxins such as Botox®. Our injectors are highly skilled and experienced, so you can be sure to get the best results possible. We believe in providing our clients with an enjoyable experience and informative consultation. So come on by and let us help you achieve your desired look!

Book your free consultation.

Call us at 951-753-5570.


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