How Long Does Botox Really Last?

Chances are, you've heard about the wonders of Botox, forever youthfulness provided one shot at a time. But is the promise of "forever" a bit stretched? Botox is a cosmetic procedure that can have a number of surprising benefits, but like most body alterations, it doesn't last forever.

Per InStyle, Botox typically lasts around three to six months, with the average being four months. Sheesh, not even a year before you have to get another shot. And, get this: it takes two weeks for the injections to work (maybe even longer depending on your skin).

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also added that a Botox injection doesn't last too long with first-timers. However, the more injections you can get, the longer the neurotoxin, a.k.a. the botox, will last. While that doesn't sound too bad, who can continuously afford injections after injections? Just the minimum price of Botox is over $200, per InStyle, meaning that you could be breaking your bank just to continue having the perfect Instagram face.

How to make your Botox last longer

If you really want to get Botox shots and you've asked all the important questions, but don't want to splurge hundreds of dollars, there's another solution in store for you. There are some ways you can prolong your Botox shots, InStyle added. How? The answer: sunscreen. Apparently, UVA and UVB rays can "​​penetrate the skin and damage the longevity of your Botox treatment," Dr. Stacy Chimento, a board-certified dermatologist in Miami, told the outlet. Hence, why you need to double up on sunscreen.

Aside from sunscreen, another solution is dummying down in the gym. Sorry, no heavy lifting while your injections are in, per Well + Good. "Anything that really speeds up the metabolic rate in your body can break down Botox faster," Julie Russak, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic, said to the outlet.

Last, but not least, keep your skin hydrated. Stock up on your moisturizer — your skin and wallet will need it.