What Does Botox Do And How Long Does It Last?


While we can’t stop aging, it’s possible to change the way we age. If you’re looking at ways of improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, aesthetic procedures, such as Botox®, are the way to go.  Here’s how.

What Does Botox® Do? 

Botox® is an FDA-approved wrinkle relaxer developed by Allergan. It blocks nerve activity and relaxes facial muscles to help smoothen facial lines and wrinkles. As a result, moderate to severe frown lines and facial wrinkles look less prominent with every injection.  Botox® was originally developed to treat medical conditions like cerebral palsy. Today, its use has been extended to include improving frown lines between the eyebrows and other dynamic wrinkles that are created by repeated muscle movement.  As a cosmetic injectable, Botox® Cosmetic is arguably the most well-known wrinkle relaxer in the aesthetic industry. 



What Are the Benefits of Botox®?

Botox® injections can help restore a youthful appearance. It can improve forehead lines, frown lines, and other similar signs of aging. But aside from improving your appearance, Botox® can also provide treatment for the following conditions: 

  • Chronic migraines 
  • Urinary incontinence 
  • Neck spasms 
  • A lazy eye 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Vaginismus 
  • Chronic eyelid twitching 

Hence, Botox® isn’t just about improving your beauty on the outside. It also addresses other medical conditions (though these are usually referred to as “off-label” use). 



What Happens During a Botox® Procedure?

Botox® is a safe and effective treatment and is considered the gold standard among muscle relaxants. During a Botox® procedure, your injector will first discuss with you your goals, medical history, and other concerns to ensure that the injectable is suitable for your needs. Right after that, your face is cleansed and the areas of concern will be injected. In the hands of professional injectors, the Botox® procedure itself only takes 10-15 minutes to perform. You can then go back to your daily routine right after. 


Who Is an Ideal Candidate?

You don’t have to wait until you’re in your 40s before you get Botox®. Most doctors recommend “prejuvenation” or getting Botox® in your mid-20s to early 30s to delay the formation of lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, a baby Botox® treatment is a good option if you don’t have severe lines or you just want to prevent future wrinkles before they form. Since Botox® is non-invasive, any healthy adult who is not pregnant or nursing is a good candidate. However, if you’re hypersensitive or you have a neuromuscular disease or an infection, it’s best to consult your doctor first. 


How Long Does Botox® Last? 

Botox® injections provide nearly immediate results. Within 3 to 4 days, you will notice significant improvement. Although Botox® is effective in lessening dynamic facial wrinkles, its results aren’t permanent. Your body will metabolize the neurotoxin over time, thus, you will have to visit your injector every three to four months to maintain the results. Just like other satisfied clients of Etanda Skin Solutions, you, too, can experience what Botox® can do. Give us a call or visit our clinic here in Edmonton, AB.