Botox® works within a few days with results lasting between 3 to 6 months. 

Botox is a popular treatment for diminishing visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. It’s particularly effective against the dynamic wrinkles that develop from repetitive facial expressions like smiling, frowning, or squinting. As the new year unfolds, there’s no better time to try Botox at Novique Medical Aesthetics. If you’re getting Botox for the first time, this article reveals the timeline, including how quickly Botox works and when you can expect to see your results after your first treatment. 


What is Botox

Botox or botulinum toxin is an FDA-approved neuromodulator that’s designed for softening lines and wrinkles. When injected in small, controlled doses, Botox® temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles. It does this by blocking the nerve signals that are essential for muscle contraction. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance of the skin overlying these muscles. Botox is particularly effective in treating dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles formed from muscle movements, like smiling and frowning. 


Is Botox Safe?

Botox is proven to be safe and requires no downtime with most people returning to their regular activities immediately post-treatment. However, like any medical treatment, it carries potential risks and side effects. Common side effects include:

  • swelling
  • bruising
  • headaches
  • redness at the injection site

These side effects are normal and go away on their own after a few days. More severe but rare complications can include allergic reactions and muscle weakness. We recommend consulting with your healthcare professional to understand if Botox is suitable for you, especially if you have certain neurological diseases or are pregnant or breastfeeding. More importantly, you should only get your Botox injections from a licensed and trained healthcare practitioner. 


What Can I Expect Before, During, and After My Botox Treatment?


Before undergoing a Botox treatment, your provider will evaluate your medical history and discuss your aesthetic goals. This step is essential to customize the treatment to your specific needs. 

During the Treatment

The actual Botox injection process is relatively quick (about 15 minutes) and straightforward. The areas to be treated are cleaned, and a small needle is used to inject Botox® into the targeted muscles. The number of injections you’ll need depends on the area being treated and your desired outcomes. 

Many patients report that Botox injections cause only minimal discomfort. They often compare the sensation to a small pinch or a mosquito bite. The needles used for BOTOX® are very fine, which helps minimize pain.

After the Treatment

There is no downtime or recovery time for Botox. Post-treatment care is also relatively minimal. Patients are usually advised to avoid lying down for a few hours after the procedure and to refrain from strenuous physical activity for a day or two. It’s also recommended to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas to prevent the spread of Botox to unintended muscles.


When Can I See My Results?

The most anticipated part of Botox® treatment is seeing the results. Generally, the effects of Botox® start to become noticeable within 24 to 48 hours after the injection, with the full impact visible after about 7 to 14 days. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that results may vary based on individual factors such as age, skin condition, and the area treated.


How Many Botox Units Will I Need?

The number of Botox® units required varies from person to person and depends on the area being treated, the depth of the wrinkles, and the desired results. For example, treating forehead lines might require approximately 10 to 20 units of Botox®, while crow’s feet might need around 10 to 15 units. Your provider will determine the appropriate dosage based on a detailed assessment of your facial structure and aesthetic goals.


How Much Does Botox Cost in 2023? 

The average cost of Botox® can range from $10 to $25 per unit. To give an example, treating forehead lines might require 20 units, which could bring the total cost to between $200 and $500, depending on certain factors. It’s important to note that these are average prices and can vary depending on your location, your provider’s expertise, the area treated, and the number of units required. 


Botox vs. Dysport vs. Xeomin: Which Is Best? 

Besides Botox, other neuromodulators you have considered are Dysport and Xeomin and you might be confused about which one to get. But don’t be. Clinical studies show that there is no significant difference in the overall effectiveness between the three brands. The choice of treatment depends on your individual needs and preferences, best determined by a healthcare professional.


Botox Dysport Xeomin
Active Ingredient Botulinum Toxin A Botulinum Toxin A Botulinum Toxin A
Longevity 3-6 months 3-4 months 3-4 months
Onset of Results 3-7 days 2-4 days 3-5 days
Diffusion Limited spread (penny-sized area) Moderate spread (quarter-sized area) Minimal spread (dime-sized area)
Effectiveness Highly effective for various wrinkles and lines Highly effective for large areas like the forehead Effective for focused areas like glabellar lines
Treatment areas Forehead, glabella, crow’s feet, frown lines, neckbands Large areas like the forehead, frown lines, neckbands Glabella, crow’s feet, upper lip lines
Average Cost Per Unit Most expensive per unit  Moderately priced Less expensive per unit


Where to Get Botox Injections in Pennsylvania

The best place to get Botox in Bethlehem and Doylestown, PA is at Novique Medical Aesthetics. Our licensed and trained Botox injectors ensure a safe and effective administration of Botox injections for a smoother and youthful appearance. 

Call us to book a consultation today. We serve patients in and around Pennsylvania, including  Bethlehem, Doylestown, Allentown, Fountain Hill, Warminster, and Montgomeryville as well as those from the Philadelphia and the Bucks County areas.


Botox Before and After Photos