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How long must you continue with Botox treatments for glabella lines?

Q:

I am 34 years old and am considering Botox injections for my frown lines between my eyes.  However, Botox is quite pricey and I will not be able to afford treatments for years and years.  Would the frown muscles not become "de-trained," or inactive after a few (5 or 6) treatments?  I do not want to waste my money if the treatments will not help in the long run.

A:

The effects of Botox are temporary and usually only last 3 to 6 months. It is unlikely that Botox treatments will have the long term effect you desire.  However, there are several different surgeries that can ablate frown line muscles.

Best,

 

Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS

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How to Make Botox Last.

Although Botox is relatively short acting (3-7 months, with an average of 5), if injected continuously before the muscle recovers any function for about 18 months or a little longer, the muscle can atrophy and cease or markedly reduce function. This may be enough to satisfy you. You may thereafter need injections only occasionally. The other option is a surgical procedure to remove the muscle. This can be done through several approaches.  See an experienced surgeon to discuss your options.

A:

Lifespan of Recurrent Botox Treatments – Botox usually lasts 3-4 months. After repeated Botox injections over a time period of several years, it may extend up to 4-6 months as the muscles tend to atrophy. However, they do not completely atrophy or go away. Repeated Botox injections diminish the strength and need for Botox treatment from 3-4 times per year to twice a year.

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