No matter how well you take care of your skin, everyone eventually develops facial wrinkles. Fortunately, many of the fine lines and wrinkles that accompany aging can be reduced or softened with aesthetic treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers.
Botox and dermal fillers can be highly effective at helping you maintain a youthful appearance, but these treatments offer only temporary results. Before you make the decision to proceed with either (or both!) of these aesthetic procedures, make sure you understand how to take care of your skin in order to extend the results of your treatment as long as possible.
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How long does Botox last?
Botox results typically last between three and six months. Botox works by blocking signals from nerves to the muscles, so that muscles can’t contract. Following Botox treatment, muscle action will gradually return, which will cause lines and wrinkles to be noticeable again.
Does Botox last longer the more you get it?
When you’re first starting out with Botox treatments, your facial muscles are at their strongest and may not respond as well. Repeated Botox treatments can cause facial muscles to become weaker over time, which may make lines and wrinkles less severe.
Many patients find that results of their first Botox treatment last 3-4 months, but with regular Botox treatments, results can last up to 6 months. Everyone is different, so talk to your Botox provider about determining a schedule that works best for you.
Which lasts longer, Botox or dermal fillers?
Botox results can last up to six months, while dermal fillers produce results that can last up to two years. However, it’s important to note that Botox and dermal fillers work differently and provide different results.
The active ingredient in Botox causes certain facial muscles to relax, while dermal fillers plump your skin in areas with wrinkles to reduce their appearance. You can combine Botox with dermal fillers to achieve the best results. Ask your professional injector about the possibility of using these treatments together in order to maintain a youthful appearance for as long as possible.
Does zinc make Botox last longer?
Research shows that taking zinc supplements may help extend the results of Botox. In a 2012 study, patients who took a supplement of 50mg zinc and an enzyme known as phytase experienced a 30 percent increase in Botox duration. This may be because the botulinum toxin belongs to a group of enzymes that are dependent on zinc. Phytase helps the body absorb zinc, so look for a supplement that contains both. For best results, begin supplementing with zinc at least four days before your Botox treatment.
How can you make Botox last longer?
Several minor lifestyle changes can help you prolong the effects of these rejuvenating treatments. Follow these tips to extend your results from Botox and dermal fillers:
Start treatment early
When used early in the aging process, Botox can help prevent new wrinkles from forming. Botox is most effective on wrinkles that are not deep set or pronounced, so don’t wait until wrinkles become severe to start treating them! Start Botox treatments at the first signs of aging in order to prevent wrinkles from becoming too noticeable.
Use medical-grade skincare products
Over-the-counter skincare products often contain many unnecessary fillers and fragrances that can irritate and worsen your skin health. OTC products are usually lower in cost than medical-grade products since their active ingredients are diluted and less powerful. Switch to using medical-grade skincare products that contain potent, non-diluted active ingredients.
Limit sun exposure
Spending time in direct sunlight can make fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced and compromise the results of your Botox and dermal filler treatments. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when spending time outdoors to protect your skin from sun damage.
Drink plenty of water all day long to naturally plump your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Reduce your intake of beverages that contribute to dehydration — such as coffee and alcohol — and replace your caffeine source with green tea, which contains antioxidants that lend to younger-looking skin and fewer wrinkles.
Eat a healthy diet
Sugar binds to collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, weighing them down and causing wrinkles. Foods containing dairy, caffeine, and salt can also contribute to skin issues and premature aging. Focus your diet on antioxidant-rich plant foods, and avoid processed foods as much as possible.
Nicotine impairs blood flow to your skin by narrowing blood vessels. This prevents your skin from getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay youthful and to ward off wrinkles. If you smoke, stop as soon as possible, and talk to your healthcare provider about smoking cessation treatments if you need help quitting.
The stress hormone cortisol inhibits collagen and elastin production, which leads to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Find healthy ways to manage stress so you can avoid these spikes in cortisol that cause premature aging. Examples of healthy stress-management techniques include exercise, deep breathing, and massage.
Avoid wrinkling your face
Habits such as creasing your forehead or furrowing your brow can create new wrinkles. If you’re in the habit of making these facial gestures, try to stop. It may take some time, but try to become aware of these facial expressions and relax your face when you notice yourself making them.
Schedule regular appointments
Receive regular Botox and dermal filler injections as recommended by your professional injector. Sticking to a schedule prolongs your results by preventing effects from wearing off sooner, and by helping your skin maintain collagen production. Avoid getting Botox more often than needed, since this can cause muscles in your skin to become resistant to treatment.
Follow post-care instructions
Avoid lying down for several hours after Botox, and avoid exercise, sun exposure, heavy lifting, and alcohol or salts within several hours of Botox and dermal filler treatments. Follow all post-care instructions provided by your injector to lower your risk for problems that may compromise your results.
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