20 May How to Extend the Life of Botox and Dermal Fillers
Botox and dermal fillers have become staple treatments for many people, but what if you could make these temporary results last even longer? You can, and at Refined MD we can’t wait to tell you how. When it comes to Botox, the most important thing you can do is make sure you choose a skilled injector who recommends the right number of units and injects the neuromodular in the best way possible. Remember that it’s not just the product but also the experience of the professional administering the injection that can lead to beautiful, natural-looking, long-lasting results.
However, there is some evidence that high-impact workouts can shorten how long Botox results last. Injectors have noticed that people who regularly undertake high-impact exercise tend to come back for their injections quicker according to Harper’s Bazaar. This doesn’t mean you should become sedentary for the sakes of your Botox results, but it might be a good reason to switch up your routine to one that’s more slow and steady.
Best Practices to Adopt for Extending the Life of Treatments
Another way to extend the results of your Botox is to keep your skin hydrated. A lot of clients think their Botox is wearing off when in actuality fine lines are appearing because of dehydration. Using a dermatologist-recommended moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is key when tackling dehydration originating from the exterior of the skin. Most Americans are also chronically dehydrated from the inside, too, so make sure you’re getting about 100 ounces of water per day. Fruits and vegetables are also great for hydration.
Finally, you can help your Botox last longer by avoiding squinting. Always wear sunglasses when you go outside and if you’re a smoker it’s time to take quitting seriously. The suction motion that you do when smoking causes lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes (not to mention it dries out your skin), so smokers who also get Botox aren’t helping the longevity of their results.
Dermal Fillers that Last
There are a lot of dermal fillers available, and all are designed to last different lengths of time. If you want your dermal fillers to last longer, the first step is talking with your injector. There might be a different dermal filler available that lasts much longer than what you’re used to! Most dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, but Radiesse is different and encourages your body to create its own collagen over time. Trying Radiesse or using it alongside a hyaluronic acid filler might be the key to the long-lasting results you want. Talk to your injector about creating a dermal filler treatment plan just for you.
Otherwise, hydration is once again the key to extending results. Hydrated tissue is naturally plump tissue. In addition to hydration, both external and internal, there’s another trick specifically for those who get dermal fillers in the lips: exfoliation. Use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate the lips every morning, then apply lip balm throughout the day.
Good nutrition is key for plump and youthful skin whether you opt for dermal fillers or not. When you’re giving your skin the nutrients it wants and needs, it will look healthier. Add more healthy fats to your diet along with dark greens and enjoy a boost to every skin treatment you undergo. Other best practices include avoiding excessive sun exposure and even too much blue light exposure from screens. Some studies have suggested that too much screen time can cause skin damage.
Round Out Your Skin Care Routine
Finally, one of the best things you can do for better skin is adopt good sleep hygiene habits. Americans are typically sleep deprived as well as dehydrated, and that’s not a good combination. Remember that sleep is when your body—including your skin—repairs itself. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason.
You can also upgrade your at-home skin care regimen to boost and extend the effects of Botox, dermal fillers, and every other treatment. Make sure you apply a broad spectrum SPF of at least 50 to the face and neck any time you go outside or sit by a window (even if it’s cloudy). There are also a variety of creams and treatments available that can help boost hydration and minimize wrinkles. We’ll work with you to design a skin care regimen that works for you and your goals. Learn more about the treatments available at Refined MD today.