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Does Smoking Affect Botox® Results?

Smokers are often aware of the negative effects of smoking. Outside of the risks of wrinkles, disease, and even dental health, smoking does have another surprising effect when it comes to Botox®.

Many smokers who consider Botox® do so because of the wrinkles that have developed as a result of smoking, but they might find that Botox® is not the right solution for them. This is what you need to know about smoking and Botox®.

Smoking Reverses Benefits

To begin with, if you have already received Botox® injections and you are a smoker, smoking will shorten the results of your Botox®. While it will not undo the effects immediately, you will find that Botox® does not have the same positive results as it does for non-smokers.

What this means is that when we say that Botox® lasts the average person three to six months, this does not include smokers. Instead, a smoker will go through the Botox® much quicker, reversing the effects in little time.

Healing Time Takes Longer

Another consideration that you should know before you have Botox® is that it will take you longer to recover from the Botox® treatment if you are a smoker. Sometimes there is slight bruising on the face from where the injections are placed, but bruising is more likely to happen and is more noticeable with smokers.

Smoking causes harm to your immune system and overall health, which means that you are more likely to have side effects from Botox® if you are a smoker.

Smoking Defeats the Purpose of Botox®

If you are a smoker who is considering Botox®, think about the reasons that you want to receive the treatment. If it is because you are suffering from smoker’s lines around your mouth, Botox® is not going to help you if you continue to smoke. You will still be making the same pucker movement with your mouth, further deepening the lines.

Botox® is a great choice to relax the muscles that are working hard at pulling wrinkles around your face. But if you are forcing those muscles to move that way regardless, Botox® really cannot help you make them go away.

There is a Perk

While it might seem hopeless to consider Botox® injections if you are a smoker, there might be a surprising benefit. If you’re focusing on the pucker lines around your mouth from smoking and get injections in that area, you will find it much more challenging to smoke and pucker after your treatment. 

Having a barrier to help remind you not to smoke can be used to your advantage as a way to help you quit smoking. If you receive Botox® as a smoker but then stop smoking, you won’t experience the same adverse effects as those who continue to smoke. Botox® can be used as a tool to help you quit smoking, improving your health while helping reduce your wrinkles.

We all know how damaging smoking is to our bodies. If you are a smoker and want to have Botox®, you really should consider quitting for your overall health and longevity as well as to reap the full benefits of your Botox® treatments. If you have no intention of quitting and still want Botox®, be prepared for the side effects and understand that you will have to have the injections repeated more often than non-smokers do.

Instead, you should seriously consider quitting smoking and use Botox® as a tool to help you get rid of those smoker lines and keep them away.