If you invest your money into Botox, you want to know how to make it last longer. You can do specific things to protect your skin and prolong your anti-aging results courtesy of Botox injectables. Read on to learn more about Botox and how to make Botox last longer.
What is Botox?
Botox, and other neuromodulators like Dysport, are made of Botulinum Toxin Type A. Botox injections temporarily block the signals that tell a muscle to contract. When it injects into the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkling, the muscle relaxes, allowing it to lengthen. This elongated muscle allows the overlying expression line to smooth out. Botox injections significantly reduce the noticeable signs of aging by improving wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, brows, and forehead.
Ways to Prolong Your Botox Results
Take Charge of Your Skincare Routine: After your Botox injections, you should begin following a regular skincare routine in the morning and night. Taking care of your skin, making sure it is hydrated, and protecting it is the best way to keep it looking and feeling amazing, especially after Botox.
Change the Way You Eat: Believe it or not, what you eat directly affects your skin. If you want to continue seeing flawless skin, start eating a diet with more skin-friendly foods. These types of foods include salmon, green tea, carrots, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.
Take a Zinc Supplement: A recent study shows that dietary zinc can increase the effectiveness of Botox results. This study found that “92% of subjects supplemented with zinc 50 mg and phytase experienced an average increase in toxin effect duration.” Therefore, consider taking a daily zinc supplement with multi-vitamins to prolong your Botox results.
Use Retinol: Retinol is an excellent addition to your skincare routine. They help bring the skin’s newest cells to the surface fastest, keeping the appearance of the skin firm and taut.
Stay Out of The Sun: Any good skincare professional will tell you the best way to keep your skin healthy and prolong Botox results is to protect yourself from the sun. Master injector and AIAM trainer at SKINNEY Medspa, Neethi Masur MD told The Zoe Report, “Technically, going into the sun causes you to create more frown lines, and it causes aging to speed up,” In addition, Masur says, “Sun damaged sunspots causes laxity and using your muscles more.” So, protect your face by wearing a sun hat and natural sunscreen.
Make Your Botox Results Last Longer at SKINNEY Medspa
If anyone knows how to keep your skin healthy, flawless, and looking perfect, it is the professionals at SKINNEY Medspa. We are luxury facility located in the heart of New York City. We are proud to offer not just safe and effective Botox treatments but also customized skincare consultations and regimens. To learn how to make Botox last and what skincare products, routines, and advice are best for you, schedule a consultation with SKINNEY Medspa now. Call us at 212-754-6639 or reach out to us online to learn more.
Common Botox FAQs
How Long Does Botox Last?
For most people, Botox lasts three to four months. But in some cases, it can last up to six months. As your body produces new neurotransmitters, Botox’s muscle-freezing effects will wear off.
First-timers may notice that their initial results don’t last as long. But getting frequent treatments can make results last longer over time.
How Long After Botox Can You Lay Down?
It’s normal to feel tired and sore after getting Botox, especially if it’s your first time. But you must avoid laying down for the first four hours after your session. Laying down can spread the toxin, increasing the chances of Botox going where it shouldn’t. While this doesn’t cause long-term damage, it may reduce the effectiveness where you want it to work. There’s also a higher chance of bruising at the injection site if you lay down too soon.
How Often Should I Get Botox?
How often to get Botox differs for each person. But most patients get Botox once every four months. Depending on how long it takes your body to metabolize the toxin, you may need to get it more or less often.
What Are the Botox Aftercare Instructions?
The main goal after getting Botox injections is minimizing the risk of bruising. You also want to prevent the toxin from spreading to other areas of your body.1 That’s why Botox aftercare is crucial!
For the first 24 hours, we recomend:
- Keeping a normal heart rate
- Doing gentle facial exercises like raising your eyebrows, smiling, and frowning
- Staying upright
In that same 24 hours, avoid:
- Caffeine and alcohol
- High-sodium and high-sugar foods
- Refined carbohydrates
- Niacin supplement
- Harsh skin treatments
- Touching or irritating the treatment area
- Sun exposure
- Rigorous sports and intense workouts
- Sleeping on the treatment sites
- Hot tubs, saunas, and tanning booths (for at least four hours)
Your provider will provide additional information on what to do after Botox to ensure you get the best outcome. But don’t be afraid to ask questions after your appointment.
Botox Aftercare Sleeping: What’s The Right Way to Do It?
Sleep on your back for at least the first night after getting Botox. Keep your head slightly elevated with a pillow. This minimizes the chances of the toxin migrating. By ensuring it stays where it’s supposed to, you’ll see the most impressive results when they manifest. Sleeping on your stomach or side can reduce efficiency.
Why Should I Move My Face After Botox?
It may feel ironic to frown, raise your eyebrows, and smile after getting injections to diminish the lines resulting from those facial expressions. But these facial exercises help Botox work better and show results more quickly.2
Is It Bad to Stop Botox Once You Start?
There are no harmful side effects to stopping Botox if you decide it’s not right for you. You’ll regain full mobility of the treated area(s), no matter how many times you received Botox injections before.