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Over 11 million people around the world have received Botox Botox Annapolis starts to work immediately, but you may not see the initial results of treatment for three to five days. injections to improve their appearance. As one of the most popular non-invasive treatments, it is commonly performed in nonmedical environments. Nevertheless, you must receive these injections from a professional for the safest experience and best results. At O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD, we offer this treatment to help our clients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Does Botox Work Immediately?

This injectable starts working immediately, but you should not expect your ideal results to be apparent immediately. You may start to notice the results of Botox Botox Annapolis starts to work immediately, but you may not see the initial results of treatment for three to five days. three to five days after your injections. However, it can take 10 to 14 days for the injectable muscle relaxant to take full effect.

You must wait to see your final results because it takes a little while for the injectable to settle into the muscles in the targeted region. Then, it takes your muscles a little while to relax in response to the injectable muscle relaxant.

Other Personal Factors

Other factors affect how quickly the final results of this treatment become apparent. For instance, your results will most likely take longer to appear if you are treating extremely strong muscles, like your glabellar muscles. However, you shouldn’t worry if you feel like you should already see your final results. You just have to wait a little while longer. Botox Annapolis is effective enough to relax the strongest muscles.

Nevertheless, you should be aware that you may need two injection sessions to achieve your desired results if you have an extreme case of muscle hyperactivity. If you’re seeking this treatment because you have an important event coming up or you want to look young and healthy for a big vacation, you must schedule your initial consultation at least three weeks before your event. It can take up to a week to prepare for this treatment.

What Is Botox?

Botox is the brand name of an injectable muscle relaxant derived from botulinum toxin type A. In small doses, this injectable muscle relaxant is a safe, effective way to reverse the signs of aging caused by overactive muscles. By impeding communication from your brain to your muscles, partial paralysis occurs.

This prevents muscle hyperactivity and relaxes the muscles. Since dynamic wrinkles on the skin are caused by underlying muscle wrinkles, your skin will smooth after this treatment. This injectable muscle relaxant can also be used to treat medical conditions caused by overactive muscles.

What Are the Most Common Applications?

The most common applications of this injectable muscle relaxant include:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Thick neck wrinkles
  • Glabellar lines
  • Forehead folds
  • Laugh and frown lines
  • Smoker’s lines
  • Nasolabial folds

The Treatment of Medical Conditions

It may also be used to treat medical conditions caused by overactive muscles, such as hyperhidrosis. Also known as excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis is a condition that usually affects the underarms and cannot be treated effectively with topical or oral antiperspirants. However, it can also affect the face, feet, and hands.

This medical condition can be debilitating, making daily activities, social life, and work extremely difficult. Besides reversing the signs of aging and treating excessive sweating, this injectable muscle relaxant can also treat muscle spasms caused by such conditions as cervical dystonia, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy.

What to Expect Throughout the Treatment Process

If you think you could benefit from an injectable muscle relaxant treatment, the first step is scheduling an initial evaluation to talk about the goals you would like to achieve from treatment. When you come to your initial evaluation, you should bring records of your medical history, including medical conditions you have suffered from or currently suffer from and any procedures or cosmetic treatments you have undergone.

We also need to know about any drugs and supplements you have taken or are taking. During this initial evaluation, we will also assess the texture, laxity, and concern severity to ensure this is the appropriate treatment for you.


You will receive a complete set of instructions regarding how to prepare for your treatment during your initial evaluation.

One Week Before Treatment

Depending on your health, you will need to stop taking over-the-counter blood thinners, such as MAOIs and NSAIDs, for one to two weeks before your treatment. If you’re in fairly good health, you will only need to stop taking these drugs for one week. Similarly, you should not take herbal supplements that thin the blood, such as vitamin E, St. John’s wort, Omega-3 pills, Ginkgo Biloba, and garlic.

72 Hours Before Treatment

Three days before your scheduled appointment, you should not use any topical products that contain chemicals that may irritate your skin. For example, you should avoid anti-aging skincare products, AHA, BHA, glycolic acid, retinol, retinoids, and tretinoin.

Furthermore, you should not use depilatory cream on the treatment area, and you should not wax, tweeze, or bleach the area targeted for treatment. Additionally, it is very important to abstain from consuming alcohol during the 24 hours preceding and following your treatment. Alcohol simultaneously thins your blood and constricts your blood vessels.

Appointment Day

On the day of your appointment, you should come in with a bare face. However, makeup may be applied after your session is complete. To ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process, we will apply a topical numbing cream to your skin.

This medication takes approximately 15 minutes to take effect. Once your skin is numbed completely, we will administer the injections. Typically, the medication is injected into five strategic locations per targeted area.

How Long Do the Treatment Results Last?

The rate at which your body metabolizes the injectable muscle relaxant affects the longevity of your results. Typically, the results of an injection session will last longer if you have already received this injectable in the past. Usually, the results of this treatment last between four and six months. If you have never received this treatment before, you may need a follow-up session two or three months after your final results became apparent.

Factors Affecting the Longevity of the Results

Several factors affect how long the results of this injectable muscle relaxant last. Here is a brief overview:

Dose Dilution

Normally, Botox Annapolis is diluted with one to three milliliters of saline solution, but the dilution we will use when we administer your medication will vary based on the area targeted for treatment. If a small area is being targeted, a more concentrated solution will be used for more precision.

The more diluted the solution is, the better the medication will diffuse into surrounding areas. Unfortunately, less reputable clinics administer over-diluted medications, so people don’t get the complete advantages of their injection sessions. That’s why you must seek treatment from a qualified, experienced provider instead of going to a beauty salon.

Freshness Is Important

Botox Annapolis comes frozen in powdered form before it is added to the saline solution to provide the appropriate dosage. This solution should be used within a day once it has been mixed. After 24 hours, the efficacy of the medication begins to decrease. Although it can be used safely for up to two weeks, you should visit a reputable provider to ensure a fresh dose of the injectable. This ensures your results will last as long as possible.

Your Metabolism

Your metabolism also affects the longevity of your treatment results. You will notice your results fading faster if you have a faster metabolism. If you have a slower metabolism, your results will fade more slowly. If you are usually physically active, your results may only last four months while your sedentary friend’s results may last five or six months.

The Treatment Location

The size of the muscles targeted for treatment will also affect the longevity of your results. If you are treating crow’s feet around your eyes, your results will most likely last longer than if you were treating the glabellar or frontalis muscles between your eyebrows and on your forehead.


The larger the dosage you receive, the longer your results should last. Often, people who have never received this injectable muscle relaxant will receive a more conservative dose.

Although the results may not last as long, it is better to receive a small dose and enjoy ideal benefits without so much muscle paralysis that the results look unnatural. Once we have a better understanding of your body’s unique response to the injectable muscle relaxant, we can administer a larger dose that will last longer and still provide natural-looking results.


Unfortunately, with age comes skin laxity. This can exacerbate facial wrinkles. Therefore, if you are experiencing skin laxity due to the aging process or other factors, you may need follow-up treatments more regularly.

Is There Any Way to Make the Results Last Longer?

Although the longevity of your results depends significantly on your metabolism, there are several ways to extend the longevity of the treatment results.

Zinc Supplements

If you take Zytase, a common zinc supplement, for several days in advance of your treatment, your results will last longer. This is because botulinum toxin type A is zinc-dependent.

Don’t Exercise Right After Treatment

For the longest-lasting results, do not exercise during the first 24 hours following your injections. Particularly when you engage in vigorous physical activity, your metabolism increases significantly after your workout. This can flush out the medication before it can settle into the muscles in the treatment area.

Receive Regular Treatments

To reiterate, people who have never had Botox Annapolis before often receive a smaller dose of medication so we can gauge their unique reaction to it. The second time you receive this treatment, you can safely and effectively get a larger dose that will last longer. Furthermore, the longer your muscles are relaxed, the weaker they become. This extends the longevity of the results and means when you develop dynamic wrinkles again in the future, they will not be as deep.

The Bottom Line

Botox Annapolis starts to work immediately, but you may not see the initial results of treatment for three to five days. Furthermore, it may take between 10 and 14 days to see the final results of your treatment. If you have a major event coming up, keep in mind preparation can take between seven and 14 days.

Don’t delay. Contact us today at O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD to schedule an initial evaluation and determine whether this treatment is right for you. Additionally, we are excited to have an office located conveniently in Easton, MD. Just let us know when you book your appointment which location is preferable to you.

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