Injectables & Fillers

How Long Does Botox Last?

When it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions, Botox offers remarkable results, making it a highly sought-after treatment in aesthetic dermatology. Botox’s effects typically span a few months on average, though individual experiences may vary and are influenced by factors like metabolism, muscle activity, and treatment area. Still, while the effects of Botox are temporary, they are impressive. At Coastal Aesthetics, we want our clients to be informed about wrinkle relaxers like Botox, so consider this your primer on the commonly asked question, “How long does Botox last?”

What Is Botox?

Botox, derived from Botulinum toxin, is a substance known to temporarily relax muscles when injected into specific areas of the face. Lessening communication between the nerves and the muscles reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a particularly effective treatment for those caused by repetitive facial expressions like smiling or frowning. As a result, Botox allows the overlying skin to appear smoother and softer. Additionally, by reducing muscle activity in these areas, Botox can prevent the formation of new wrinkles and slow the aging process. 

Regular Botox treatments allow you to enjoy a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance without resorting to more invasive procedures. The treatment is a non-permanent solution for those seeking cosmetic enhancement without committing to permanent changes.

If you are concerned about static wrinkles (wrinkles that are present even when facial muscles are at rest), Coastal Aesthetics offers other treatments such as dermal fillers or skin resurfacing procedures that can address these types of wrinkles.

The Temporary Nature of Botox

Botox’s temporary effects benefit many people by allowing adjustments to your results, if necessary, as facial expressions and preferences evolve. It offers a non-permanent solution for those seeking cosmetic enhancement without committing to permanent changes.

Botox typically lasts three to four months, but the duration of the results can vary from person to person depending on several factors, including the treatment area and individual factors such as:

  • Its ability to temporarily block nerve signals to muscles gives way to non-permanent results. However, Botox works by safely relaxing the targeted muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
  • The rate at which your body metabolizes Botox. As nerve signals gradually return to the muscles, they regain their natural function, and movement and wrinkles return. Some people metabolize it more quickly, leading to shorter-lived effects, while others may experience longer-lasting results.
  • Where on the face Botox is injected. Different areas respond to the treatment for longer periods.
  • Botox results can be enhanced by following post-treatment guidelines and a maintenance plan that your provider recommends.

Treatment Areas and Longevity

The areas on the face impact how long it lasts. Areas with stronger muscles and more frequent movement, like the forehead, may require more Botox units and may also experience slightly shorter durations of results. In contrast, areas with smaller muscles, like the crow’s feet around the eyes, may see longer-lasting effects.

Crow's Feet

Crow’s feet are fine lines and wrinkles that form around the outer corners of the eyes. The delicate skin around the eyes is prone to thinning over time. It can effectively smooth crow’s feet for a smoother and more refreshed look; the results typically last 3 to 4 months.


Lip lines, also known as perioral lines or “smoker’s lines,” are vertical lines around the lips and mouth. These lines can develop due to aging, sun exposure, smoking, and repetitive facial movements like puckering or pursing the lips. Botox can enhance the upper lip’s appearance for a more youthful look, and results may endure for approximately 2 to 3 months.

Forehead Lines

Forehead lines, also known as horizontal forehead wrinkles or forehead furrows, appear across the forehead as a result of repetitive facial expressions and the natural aging process. Botox can minimize horizontal forehead lines; the results last about three to four months.

Glabellar Muscle

This muscle, which sits between the eyebrows, draws them downward and inward, causing vertical wrinkles known as “frown lines”, the 11s, or “glabellar lines” to form when it contracts. Botox can create a smoother-looking forehead and reduce frown lines, with results that typically last about three to four months.

Chin Dimples

Chin dimples, also known as “cobblestone skin,” are small indentations or folds in the skin on the chin. They are typically caused by a prominent mentalis muscle or genetics. Chin dimples are not inherently “bad,” and to some people, they are considered unique and attractive. However, if you feel self-conscious about your chin dimples or don’t like them, Botox can help smooth them out. The results typically last three to four months.

Frequency & Timing of Botox Sessions

On average, The results last three to four months, so to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free, you’ll need to schedule touch-up sessions every few months to maintain the results. At Coastal Aesthetics, we can recommend a regular Botox frequency injection schedule that works best for you, but ultimately, it is all about personal preference.

The timing of Botox touch-ups varies among individuals based on personal preferences, aesthetic goals, and how quickly your body metabolizes Botox. Some clients schedule touch-ups as soon as they notice muscle movement returning, while others wait until the effects of Botox have entirely worn off before scheduling their next appointment.


Does Botox Hurt?

Most people describe the sensation of Botox injection as a brief, mild pinch or sting at the injection site. Botox injections are generally well-tolerated, and discomfort is typically minimal. We may use a topical numbing cream to reduce discomfort during the procedure.

Is There A Recommended Frequency for Botox Touch-Up Sessions?

The recommended frequency for Botox touch-up sessions is typically every three to four months, depending on factors like metabolism, muscle activity and desired outcomes. Some patients may need touch-up sessions sooner while others may be able to extend the results a little longer.

How Can I Enhance The Longevity Of Botox Results?

To make Botox last as long as possible, follow a healthy lifestyle, protect your skin from the sun and sun damage, do not smoke, and adhere to your recommended treatment plan.

Why Should I Choose Coastal Aesthetics for Injectables?

At Coastal Aesthetics, Kimberlee Smith is dedicated to helping you ease your concerns about wrinkles and fine lines with natural looking, beautiful results. She is a Master Injector, trained by Allergan, whom she continues to train with several times throughout the year. 

Together with the Coastal team, Kimberlee will help you make an informed decision about injectables like Botox that aligns with your individual needs and aesthetic goals.Patients love working with the staff at Coastal due to their acute attention to detail, precision treatment, and attentive patient care. We invite you to book your consultation online and start your journey to a better you today!

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