How Many Units of BOTOX® Cosmetic Will I Need?

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If you are noticing facial lines on your forehead and around the eyes, those are likely expression lines caused by constant muscle contractions. BOTOX smooths these lines of expression (often called “dynamic wrinkles”), giving your skin a firmer and more youthful look.

A neuromodulator, BOTOX blocks the nerve signals that tell the muscle to move, which means it cannot contract. Without this constant contraction, fewer dynamic lines and wrinkles form or deepen. Other neuromodulators, such as Xeomin® and Dysport®, are equally effective.

How Many Units of BOTOX Do I Need?

Because BOTOX essentially relaxes muscle movement, getting the dosage just right is vital. Too much BOTOX can make your results look unnatural, while too little won’t produce the look you’re looking for. That’s why it’s essential to choose an experienced injector who can assess your needs and skillfully inject just the right amount of your chosen neuromodulator.

The number of BOTOX units you will need per facial area will depend on many factors, including your facial concern, muscle strength, the depth of your wrinkles, age and gender, and more. If you’re wondering how much BOTOX you’ll need, we have put together a guide that shows how many units of BOTOX most people need for each common treatment area.

Around the Eyes

BOTOX works well for eliminating “crow’s feet,” those fine lines that etch into the outer corners of the eyes when you smile or squint.

Units needed: 5 to 15


If you want to soften horizontal forehead lines that make you look anxious or upset, BOTOX eases these lines.

Units needed: 10 to 30

Between the Eyebrows

Over the years, repeatedly frowning and squinting can cause 2 prominent vertical lines for form between your eyebrows. These wrinkles are often called the 11s, glabellar lines, or frown lines, and BOTOX can diminish their appearance.

Units needed: 10 to 25

Neck Lines and Bands

Wrinkles that run along your neck, also called platysmal bands, can age your appearance. BOTOX smooths the neck bands for a younger-looking neck.

Units needed: 25 to 50

Lines Around the Nose

You can use BOTOX for fine lines that form on your nose (usually just below the nose bridge), also called nasalis lines or “bunny lines.”

Units needed: 5 to 10

Brow Lift

You might be surprised to know that BOTOX can lift and tighten your brow area for easy facial rejuvenation.

Units needed: 2 to 5

How To Maintain Your BOTOX Results

Your BOTOX results should last for around 3 to 6 months, at which point you will need a touch-up treatment if you want to maintain your results.

You can also support your skin and BOTOX results by focusing on skincare and sun protection. Hydrating your skin with a good-quality moisturizer is an excellent way to keep your skin supple so that it can resist wrinkling. It’s also important to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, which can cause an inflammatory response in your skin cells and affect your BOTOX results.

BOTOX is not a one-size-fits-all treatment; you’ll need to talk to your provider about your specific wrinkle concerns and how to get the best results. If you want to see how to achieve excellent facial rejuvenation with BOTOX, request a consultation or call us at (859) 277-9435 to schedule an appointment.

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