Am I eligible for Botox?
Most adults are eligible for Botox (the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it for anyone younger than 18). Do not get Botox if you:
Are allergic to any of the ingredients in Botox or to any other botulinum toxin product (Dysport, Xeomin, etc.)
Have an infection at the injection site
Have a urinary tract infection (UTI)
Are being treated for urinary incontinence or cannot empty your bladder on your own and aren’t routinely catheterizing
Are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is not known if Botox can harm an unborn baby or pass into breast milk.
If you have other conditions, it is best to consult with your doctor before getting Botox.
What are the side effects of Botox?
When injected properly, Botox injections don’t require a lot of downtime. Patients can typically resume all their normal activities immediately after a treatment.
That’s not to say the injections are completely risk-free, however. Mild redness, bruising, and swelling can crop up in the days following a treatment, and more serious complications aren’t unheard of.
Contrary to popular belief, the bacteria that causes botulism, clostridium botulinum, is not part of the treatment, nor are six of the seven neurotoxins it secretes. The only substance used in Botox injections, botulinum toxin A, is carefully extracted, purified, and standardized into FDA-approved doses. Plus, the dosage is so small, it can’t get beyond the muscle tissue it’s injected into, meaning there’s little if any chance for Botox to reach the bloodstream.
How long does it take for Botox to work? How long does Botox last?
Botox is known as a lunchtime procedure—the actual injections take only 10 minutes. That said, results generally don’t show up for 24–48 hours. Faces look noticeably smoother within a week, with optimal results showing up after a month. In the manufacturer’s clinical studies:
- 67.9% of people had mild or no crow’s-feet on the 30th day after treatment
- 80% of people had significantly softened frown lines. The effects typically wear off in three to four months.