There’s no doubt that BOTOX® and its wrinkle-diminishing abilities are popular. Fans of the temporary treatment enjoy its benefits, but may wish that their youthful look lasted for more than a few months. The reality is that eventually the wrinkles and creases will return. There’s no way of getting around the fact that to maintain the effects of this treatment, you’ll need to get regular treatments. Your age, your skin firmness, the severity of your wrinkles, the area targeted for injections, the amount of product used, and other factors will determine how long your results last. Nevertheless, there are some techniques that patients choosing BOTOX® from our Los Angeles-area dermatologists can employ to prolong its lifespan.
This advice comes from a team with experience. The physicians at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills have collectively performed tens of thousands of procedures, and Dr. Derek Jones personally worked as an investigator on the FDA trial that led to an approval for BOTOX® to treat crow’s feet.
Have Multiple Treatments
People who are getting BOTOX® for the first time sometimes notice that the results don’t last as long as they want them to. Some injectors believe that your muscles need to become conditioned to BOTOX® and that using it in more frequent intervals makes it last for a longer duration between treatments. This may be because your muscles become smaller when they aren’t being used as much. People who have neuromodulator treatments can find that they need less of the injectable to get the same outcome over time.
There is some thought that regularly taking zinc and collagen supplements can make BOTOX® results last longer between appointments.
Protect Your Skin
Unprotected, chronic exposure to UV rays from sunlight is one of the leading causes of premature aging. There’s little point in going to the effort of having an injectable treatment if you’re going to allow your skin to be damaged by sun exposure after, so be sure to use a broad-spectrum, high-SPF sunscreen on your face each day, spend less time in the sun, and shield your skin with sunglasses or hats.
Cleanse and Moisturize
BOTOX® will give your skin the extra boost it needs to look smooth and soft, but it’s not a replacement for a good skincare routine to fend off wrinkles. Remember that lines always look more pronounced on dry skin, so keep it moisturized.
BOTOX® is a quick and effective way of reducing facial wrinkles. Contact our team at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills for more tips on optimizing the results from BOTOX®. Submit a contact form, or give us a call at 310-246-0495 to request an appointment.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.