How to Make Botox Last Longer and Extend the Life of Your Fillers
Botox is a quick treatment with quick results. If you’re looking for one of the best anti-wrinkle treatments, Botox will leave you with a youthful glow and smoother skin within days. But even in the best circumstances, Botox injections are still temporary.
So how long does Botox last? Well, it depends. But on a general level, you can expect your Botox injections to last between 3-6 months. If you’re looking to make Botox last longer, there are a few things you can do. Stick with us through the end if you have questions about how to make fillers last longer, too.
Protect Your Skin
You’re likely well aware that too much sun exposure can damage your skin, causing not only uneven skin tones and spots but those wrinkles you’re looking to prevent in the first place.
Following a Botox treatment, inflammation from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can also wreak havoc on your skin. It’s essential then to wear sunscreen to protect you and your delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Don’t forget sunglasses to prevent squinting and hats for an added layer of protection.
Pamper Your Skin
Topical anti-wrinkle treatments won’t give you the same results as Botox injections. However, there are skincare products on the market that will strengthen your skin, promote healing from environmental factors affecting your skin, and make Botox last longer.
Look for products with retinol or peptides to promote collagen production. Moisturizers will keep your skin hydrated, particularly if your skin suffers from seasonal dryness. If you’re looking for the best of the best in skincare products, look for options in the SkinMedica line, a prescription-only series of anti-aging treatments and serums that are the gold standard in skincare products.
Be Active, in a Gentler Way
Intense exercise tends to speed up your metabolic rate, even causing some inflammation in your muscles. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key, no matter your chosen injectables, it’s important to note that those who exercise more aggressively. Sprint runners and hot yoga enthusiasts, for example, tend to need to return for treatments sooner rather than those exercising more gently.
If running makes you happy, by all means, keep it up. Protecting yourself from the sun if you run outside will allow you to do so with your skin in mind.
Stay Hydrated & Eat Well
While drinking enough water throughout the day won’t prevent wrinkles, studies show that upping your water intake will improve overall skin health, even increasing elasticity in some. It’s essential to stay hydrated after Botox treatments, as dehydration can lead to a speedier return of fine lines.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is also a good rule of thumb to lengthen the time between Botox treatments. Limiting processed foods and sugars will support the overall health of your skin. Foods that include healthy fats, for example, support hydration and a key component of healthy skin.
Smoking ages your skin and causes wrinkles and fine lines around your mouth every time you take a drag. That means smoking will accelerate the need for additional Botox injections between treatments, as you’re still doing something that caused some of your wrinkles in one of the most popular Botox treatment areas in the first place.
Relax & Rest
Stress touches so many aspects of your life, and the lifespan of your Botox treatments is no exception. In addition to causing a breakdown in the injectables, stress-related facial expressions, like frowning, can affect the efficacy of your last treatment. Consider how you can manage your stress to prolong your Botox injections, whether that’s deep breathing through meditation, gentle exercise, or relaxation to music.
It’s also important to get enough sleep, as it’s the easiest way to allow for uninterrupted time for necessary repairs in your body. When you rest, your skin rests, as well.
Can You Make Fillers Last Longer?
If you’ve been using fillers instead of or in addition to Botox injections, you may be wondering how long those fillers will last between treatments. Keep in mind that as with Botox, fillers are a temporary fix for smoother skin.
So how long does filler last?
Dermal fillers used at SDBotox, available at various price points, can last anywhere from 9 to 24 months, depending on the filler you choose and a few other considerations.
Some of it depends on your body. The faster your metabolic rate, for example, the less time you’ll have between treatments. Where you get fillers will also determine how long they last. Fillers in areas that you use more from day-to-day, like your mouth, or feel more pressure from everyday activities like sleeping, will break down more quickly than lesser-used areas.
The tips described above to make Botox last longer and around protecting your skin and your health will also support extending the life of your fillers.
Are you ready to learn more about Botox or dermal fillers? Schedule a free consultation with SDBotox to learn more about your options and the best treatment plan for you and your lifestyle.