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How long does cosmetic Botox last?


You’ve probably heard of Botox and Dysport before. It’s been around for a long time, is widely known and recognized, and it’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available in the U.S. and Canada, the “cosmetic” form of Botox—as opposed to Botox used for medical purposes—is FDA- and Health Canada-approved. It works by blocking the nerve impulses associated with facial wrinkles and squints, which helps reduce their appearance temporarily through muscle relaxation. While some people have questions about how long their results will last after getting Botox or Dysport injections, there are answers to these questions!

You’ve probably heard of Botox and Dysport before. It’s been around for a long time, is widely known and recognized, and it’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available in Toronto.

You’ve probably heard of Botox and Dysport before. With over 400 million units sold annually, it’s no wonder that people want to know how long their results will last!

Botox and Dysport is actually a brand name for botulinum toxin. This substance was first discovered by accident in 1924 when scientists were trying to figure out why certain bacteria had spoiled food so quickly (botulism). The contaminant turned out to be extremely toxic — so much so that just 1/10th of a milligram can kill an adult if injected directly into their bloodstream! But because this poison exists naturally within your body (in small amounts) at all times anyway, it made sense that you could use it safely on other parts of yourself if injected at very low doses under controlled conditions—and this is why Botox at Lift Clinic Toronto started offering with Botox and Dysport injections soon after its discovery. 

In addition to wrinkle correction and muscle relaxation/spasm treatment purposes which have grown increasingly common since its discovery more than 90 years ago are now also being used off-label by some practitioners as an alternative pain management option for patients unable to tolerate traditional opioid prescriptions due side effects such as constipation or nausea. There are so many applications for Botox and Dysport.

The “Cosmetic” Form of Botox and Dysport Is Health Canada approved

Botox and Dysport is Health Canada-approved for the treatment of wrinkles, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and cervical dystonia. The “cosmetic” form of Botox is approved to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines between the eyebrows in adults. Here at Lift Clinic Toronto, we offer the best Botox and Dysport in Toronto.

The Half-Life of Botox and Dysport Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All

You can’t just count on the half-life of Botox to be the same for everyone. The half-life of Botox and Dysport isn’t one-size-fits-all—it’s influenced by a lot of factors, including your age and how you take care of your skin, metabolism, muscle strength, facial anatomy, dosage, amongst others.

In general, younger people will have a longer half-life than older people because their bodies are still developing. But there’s no hard and fast rule about aging; each person ages at different rates (and some don’t age at all). As you get older, your muscles tend to become more relaxed, which is why Botox starts to wear off after about three weeks in younger patients but can last up to six months or so for mature patients.

One factor that influences how long you’ll enjoy the effects of your best Botox treatment is the dosage, because the lower the dose as in “Baby Botox,”, the less time it will last and the quicker it will wear off. The higher the dose, the longer it will last, but less movement you will have. It is nuanced, which is why the best Toronto cosmetic clinic should offer consultations to review your skin goals, comfort, and dosage prior to you receiving your treatment.

What You Can Do to Maximize Your Results

To maximize the longevity of your Botox injections, work out less. Just kidding. There is not much you can do regarding lengthening the longevity. One method is to consider zinc supplementation which may benefit you (consult your nurse injector prior to taking) to enhance your Botox treatment length. The second option is to increase your dosage, which yes, means being okay with less movement. The higher the dose, the longer your Botox will last, but this depends on your comfort with the treatment and having minimal facial movement in the treated areas. Also, avoid massaging your face with Botox to ensure that all the muscles are still relaxed and rejuvenated by the toxin. When it comes to avoiding injections in certain areas of your face, it is important to keep in mind that certain areas are more prone to wrinkles than others: hands, forehead and crow’s feet around eyes. It is worth noting that certain areas wear off quicker than others.

When you get Botox, it generally lasts from three to six months—but there are some things you can do to make it last longer.

When you get Botox, it generally lasts from three to six months—but there are some things you can do to make it last longer.

Botox is a protein and it breaks down over time. So if you want to extend the life of your treatment, here are a few things that will help:

  • Use sunscreen on your face regularly (yes, even in winter). Sunlight breaks down collagen which produces fine lines and wrinkles, so it’s important that you protect your skin with hats or sunglasses when out in the sun or at the beach. You may also want to invest in a good moisturizer that contains SPF 30+ protection and reapply throughout the day as needed.
  • Avoid heat, humidity and sweating with these tips: Wear light-weight fabrics; avoid heavy sweaters; don’t take hot showers or baths; avoid steamy saunas; try not to sweat excessively either from exercise or other activity such as gardening; wipe sweat off as soon as possible after physical activity has stopped (e.g., after biking home from work).


We hope this article has helped you understand how long cosmetic Botox lasts for. As we said above, the half-life of Botox isn’t one-size-fits-all. The reason for this is because everyone’s body chemistry is different, and that can affect how long your results last. However, there are some things you can do to make them last longer! If you want more information on how long Botox lasts or if it’s right for you, contact us today so we can help answer those questions and get started with treatment plans designed specifically around your needs.


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