Is Botox Permanent?

Short answer, no.

Slightly longer answer: The effects of these types of treatments do last for a relatively long time, however. According to Dr. Richard W. Maloney, a Botox specialist in Naples, this treatment is the most common & popular type of cosmetic treatment among both men and women alike. It is the perfect option for people who want some cosmetic work done, but are not ready to go under the knife quite yet for a permanent surgical procedure. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, it is a much more comfortable option for people who want to look younger without sacrificing their comforts.

Ever since plastic surgeons started using Botox in the 1980s, people have been going through the non-invasive process to help stop the hands of time and make your skin look younger!

What does Botox do?

This neurotoxin works with the nerves and muscles, typically the ones in your face, and prevents the two of them from communicating which keeps your skin from forming lines and aging. Another way to put this is that the muscle becomes “paralyzed” from the injection, an effect that lasts for a period of three to six months, after which you’ll need another Botox visit. You will not be able to frown even if you try to, which is not a bad thing necessarily (unless you really enjoy frowning). 

In fact, through studies that he and many other experts have conducted, they have found that getting treatments with this neurotoxin can actually help enhance your mood and make you happier overall, and can give you another tool in your toolbox with which to fight off depression.

What does Botox target?

For people choosing Botox to primarily fighting off any signs of aging in their face, the doctors will use the neurotoxin to treat two types of wrinkles that cause the effects of aging: the static and the dynamic wrinkles. The static line wrinkles are deeply etched into a person’s face and come around due to several decades of facial motions like frowning, smiling, and even raising eyebrows.

Meanwhile, the dynamic wrinkles on a person’s face only come around and are only visible when you make a particular facial expressions, like smiling, laughing, frowning, or creasing your eyebrows out of concern. There is little you can do to prevent dynamic wrinkles from happening, so the primary goal of these treatments helps reduce the appearance of the static wrinkles and helps prevent them from happening at all. This is not a permanent solution, but with regular treatments, as well as using fillers if suggested, it can soften the static wrinkles over time. In some lucky cases, it can get rid of them completely in the long run.

Since this neurotoxin has only been used in the facial muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for about 30 years, there is still a lot of research to be done and improvements that need to happen. We know that it is not a permanent solution but there can be long-lasting, almost permanent results that come from using botox on a regular basis below are some ways in which you could be affected permanently form using this neurotoxin.

1.) You will not frown naturally.

Over a few years of using this type of treatment option, your muscles begin to be trained to naturally not frown like you once did, and when you do frown it is not as pronounced as it would have been before the treatments. This happens partly because the muscles do not move as much with the neurotoxins, and because once it wears off you will be able to tell a difference in the movements of your face so you are fully aware of the expression you make so you do less frowning and less eyebrow-raising in the future. This does not mean that you will look expressionless or frozen forever, but you will have a softer look on your face without as many lines.

2.) Your skin can start to thin- visibly

After using Botox for a number of years, many patients start to complain that they experience visible skin thinning. This is not a terribly common side-effect, but when patients start to use this type of treatment too early on in life, in their 20s for example, they can have this type of permanent effect. The skin in the forehead is especially prone to getting thin prematurely, and the eyebrows and eyelids can start looking heavier, giving the patient an overall older look- the opposite of what they are going for.

3.) Skin brightening can be a permanent good side-effect

There are some downsides to using Botox on a regular basis but there is an obvious reason that people continue to go back to it, and that is because people who use it for at least a decade or more will begin to look younger, have fewer wrinkles, and glow on a more permanent basis than people who do not use this type of cosmetic treatment. Even after the three to six months when it is actively working, if you have gotten these treatments for at least a decade you will have glowing, much younger looking skin even after the treatment wears off. Your skin will start to be much smoother permanently, and your fine lines and wrinkles will be much less visibly noticeable if not completely gone.

The treatment itself is not permanent and the paralysis that it gives to the face only last for a few months at a time, but it is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that is designed to allow you to age gracefully and avoid those deep wrinkles on your forehead and around the eyes that so often give our age away. This is not a permanent solution in itself, but over decades of use, it can certainly train your body to have a natural, youthful, glowing look about it!

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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