Injectable products like Botox and dermal fillers are a great way to reverse common signs of aging. However, the effects of fillers and neurotoxins, while long-lasting, do eventually wear off as they are naturally degraded by the body.
We’ve complied a list that can help you save on the Botox bucks and keep you wrinkle free longer.
DON’T SKIP TREATMENTS
Since everyone is different, most people will still need the same dosage at the 3 to 4 month point. However, if they exceed 4 months, the duration could only last closer to 2 months. Also, Botox is for dynamic wrinkles (when your making an expression) not lines and rest. Lines at rest are a texture issue and if lines are deep, you will still see them when the Botox is in effect. The good news is, there are treatments that you can do for texture.
Example: if you were getting your Botox treatments for the last 5 years every 3 to 4 months and then waited a year to get treatment again, you could need more units then you were getting In the past and the duration will only last closer to 2 months since your muscles have been freely moving for a year and the natural aging process still occurs.
Bonus: The longer you can consecutively keep those forehead muscles paralyzed, the sooner they will start to weaken which in the long-run allows you to need less and less neuro-toxin to stay smooth.
Did you know that overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can actually reverse the benefits of your injectable treatment? This is why we encourage all filler patients to practice sun protection, especially post-treatment. Maintain your results for longer by using a high quality broad-spectrum sunscreen, avoiding the outdoors during peak UV hours, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
SUPPLEMENT WITH ZINC
Studies show that Botox reacts directly with the levels of zinc in our bodies, and can’t function correctly unless there’s enough zinc present. Many people have a slight zinc deficiency, so it’s suggest you begin taking zinc supplements when beginning regular Botox treatments to prolong the anti-aging effects.
The benefits of injectables (like many other cosmetic treatments) will last longer for individuals who properly take care of their skin. Patients who moisturize daily and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water will enhance the water-absorption effect of hyaluronic-based fillers, helping treated areas remain plump and wrinkle-free!
The food you eat can directly affect both the appearance and health of your skin. In terms of maximizing the results of your filler we encourage patients to stay away from processed and packaged foods, as well as limiting the amount of sugar in your diet. Increased inflammation caused by these foods in your body is translated to your overall skin health.
Unfortunately, people that are avid workout-aholics may go through toxin and filler more quickly. There is no “fix” for this (and please don’t stop being active) but if you take precautions to not squint or scowl while working out (easier said than done) then you might not have as bad of an effect. One easy attempt is to wear hats or sunglasses while outside to avoid the strain of the bright sun.
AVOID BEING CRITICAL
Many people are tempted to constantly look at themselves in the mirror after having Botox or dermal fillers done, but this isn’t recommended. What ends up happening is that patients will frown, squint, and furrow their brows when they go to check themselves out in the mirror – this invigorates the muscles effected by the Botox, causing them to lose their effect quicker!
Lastly, dosage matters. You and your injector will need to work together to find out how much Botox you’ll need to have a successful treatment. Each body reacts to the injections differently, and every person may need a different amount. If you notice that the effects wear off quickly, talk with your doctor and ask if a higher or lower dosage might be right for you.
(Dosage = amount of units either more + or less -)