When administered properly and at the right intervals, Botox is both safe and effective. However, overuse can become a serious issue, and patients are advised not to exceed the proper dosage or use it too often.
In general, the cosmetic effects of Botox last from six to nine months. The differences depend upon the individual, the desired effect, and how much Botox is administered at each doctor visit. Some doctors recommend low doses of Botox every two to three months, with studies showing that after the first two years, less frequent injections are necessary. Others use larger doses and administer the Botox in a different position so that they are able to produce the results their patients request with injections only every three to six months.
What is clear is that Botox does increase in effectiveness when it is used properly over a long period of time, so that fewer injections are needed after the first one to three years. Most physicians who administer Botox do so reliably and responsibly, so that the best way to make sure that you are getting the right dosage at the right time is to choose one doctor and to make sure that he or she is the only doctor who handles your Botox treatments. You will thereby be assured of getting the same dose every time, so that you can return for your next treatment whenever the doctor feels it is necessary.
If your doctor does offer you overly frequent Botox therapy, or you experience side effects, either discontinue Botox therapy or look for a practitioner who has proper experience and is recommended by other Botox patients. What you want to avoid at all costs is overuse of Botox, as there is a serious problem when too much is administered too frequently.
Overuse of Botox creates the infamous mask-like Botox face, which is characterized by waxy, glossy skin and a loss of facial expression. It is avoided by having your Botox therapy performed by an experienced and reliable physician, like the ones at Shape Med, and by making sure that you do not request overly frequent treatments with the drug. Most of all, do not doctor-hop; wait until your doctor says you are ready for your next Botox injection rather than going to another doctor for an injection in between visits to your usual doctor.
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