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When it comes to cosmetic enhancement, more isn’t always more. Many of our med spa patients in Bourbonnais, IL opt for dermal fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic specifically because they aren’t interested in a more dramatic surgical intervention. For them, the major advantage is subtle, natural-looking enhancement — with no downtime and only minor redness, swelling, or bruising. All in a quick treatment session.

And our patients aren’t alone. The growing trend in minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures has been there since 2000, and last year the number of treatments passed 15 million.

Still, for all their virtues, injectable treatments do have one important drawback: The results won’t stick around forever. Here’s what to expect after a treatment session, so you know exactly when to schedule your next appointment.

BOTOX

BOTOX works by inhibiting nerve signals to muscles in the face, and that takes a bit of time. Accordingly, your results after a BOTOX treatment may take about 5 to 7 days to emerge. After that, you can initially expect your BOTOX results to last about 3 to 6 months.

Over time, though, you may notice that your results last longer and longer, and it may be fine to have “touch-up” appointments spaced far apart. That’s because the wrinkle-causing muscles will weaken with repeated treatments.

Hyaluronic Acid-Based (HA) Dermal Fillers

At our practice, we’re primarily referring to products in the JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® families when we talk about HA fillers, but there are others on the market as well. They all use an HA gel (in varying concentrations).

Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, and it promotes a healthy, youthful look to the skin. In the context of a dermal filler treatment, you can expect your results to be visible instantly and last anywhere from 6 months to a year.

RADIESSE® and Sculptra® Aesthetic

The longest-lasting results on the market today come from these products. RADIESSE infuses calcium hydroxylapatite into its gel structure, and Sculptra uses poly-L lactic acid. The structures are a bit more resilient, helping to keep your results in place for about 1 to 2 years.

Both of these fillers stimulate the production of renewed collagen while adding volume at the injection sites, as well. Given their longevity, it’s best to reserve these fillers for results that you essentially wish to be permanent.

With these guidelines in mind, be aware that it’s difficult to provide an exact “expiration date” for your results. Every treatment session will vary a bit in terms of the number of syringes used and their placement — and, of course, your unique anatomy plays a role.