How Long Does BOTOX® Take to Work? Your Guide To Getting Holiday-Ready!

Beautiful woman in santa hat, beige sweater and red gloves is touching her face and smiling at the camera. (Model)

Bright, twinkling lights and merry festivities are the hallmarks of the holiday season, but are wrinkles and dull skin making you feel more like a Grinch? If so, we’re here to remind you that we can help you confidently navigate the holiday season with injectable treatments, such as BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers.

If you’ve got a party or hosting duties coming up, you may be asking, “How long does BOTOX take to work?” This guide has the answers you need to strategically schedule your injectable appointments and put your best face forward all season long! All it takes is a bit of planning—and your trusted plastic surgeon—to get glowing, radiant skin.

How Do BOTOX and Dermal Fillers Help You Look Holiday-Ready?

Nonsurgical injectable treatments like BOTOX and dermal fillers (JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, RADIESSE®, and Sculptra®) can help restore your confidence by temporarily rejuvenating dull, aging skin. Here’s how:

BOTOX contains the protein botulinum toxin, which temporarily relaxes the muscles that create facial creases and dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet, “11’s”, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles. While some men and women may worry that BOTOX will make their smile look “frozen” in holiday photos, a skilled injector will be able to preserve your natural facial expressions while helping you look younger and more refreshed.

Alternatively, dermal fillers contain naturally occurring hyaluronic acid that adds volume to hollowing areas of the face, including cheeks and under the eyes. A welcome benefit of dermal fillers is collagen production, helping your skin become fuller, smoother, and more radiant—just in time for see-and-be-seen holiday photos, parties, and events.

Wondering which treatment is right for you? This blog post shares more details about the specific benefits of BOTOX vs. dermal fillers. However, many patients find that combining these treatments as part of a liquid facelift leads to the most comprehensive, pleasing results.

How To Time Your Injectables for the Holidays

When it comes to strategically timing your holiday injectables, pull out your calendar and follow these jolly good tips:

Schedule BOTOX injections 2 to 4 weeks before the start of the holiday season. Why? BOTOX can cause minor swelling and bruising near injection points, and results can take at least a week to appear. Plan accordingly to allow adequate time for any side effects to subside and to ensure results are at their peak. Results will last 3 to 4 months, which should be ample time to enjoy glowing skin throughout the holiday season.

Schedule dermal fillers 1 to 2 weeks before the holidays. The reason? Unlike BOTOX, the results of dermal fillers are immediately noticeable, but some swelling and bruising may occur. Scheduling your dermal fillers a week or two before holiday get-togethers allows time for any side effects to subside and collagen to build and repair the skin. Depending on the filler you choose, your results can last 6 to 12 months or even up to a few years—well beyond the start of the new year.

Typically, mid-December is an ideal time to see us for your treatments. During your consultation, we’ll explore your needs and develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve your goals that will have you ready in time for the festivities.

Tis the Season (To Schedule Your Consult)

The holiday season is a busy time for you and your plastic surgeon! If BOTOX or dermal fillers are among your holiday to-dos, plan accordingly by contacting our practice in November to schedule your injectable treatments. Please use our online form to request a consultation with Dr. Christopher Davidson or call us at (781) 237-7700 to schedule an appointment.

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