Botox and dermal fillers can be highly effective at helping you look younger, but offer only temporary results. Botox results often last between three and six months, while dermal fillers produce results that can last for up to two years. To get the best results from Botox and dermal fillers, there are several minor lifestyle changes you can implement that can prolong the effects of these rejuvenating treatments.
Follow these tips to extend your results from Botox and dermal fillers:
Use medical-grade skincare products
Over-the-counter skincare products often contain many unnecessary fillers and fragrances that can irritate and worsen your skin health. OTC products are usually lower in cost than medical-grade products since their active ingredients are diluted and less powerful. Switch to using medical-grade skincare products that contain potent, non-diluted active ingredients.
Limit sun exposure
Spending time in direct sunlight can make fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced and compromise your Botox and dermal filler results. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when spending time outdoors to protect your skin against sun damage.
Drink plenty of water all day long to naturally plump your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Reduce your coffee and alcohol intake, and replace your caffeine source with green tea, which contains antioxidants that lend to younger-looking skin and fewer wrinkles.
Eat a healthy diet
Sugar binds to collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, weighing them down and causing wrinkles. Foods containing dairy, caffeine, and salt can also contribute to skin issues and premature aging. Focus your diet on antioxidant-rich plant foods, and avoid processed foods as much as possible.
Nicotine impairs blood flow to your skin by narrowing blood vessels. This prevents your skin from getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay youthful and to ward off wrinkles. If you smoke, stop as soon as possible, and talk to your healthcare provider about smoking cessation treatments if you need help quitting.
The stress hormone cortisol inhibits collagen and elastin production, which leads to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Find healthy ways to manage stress so you can avoid these spikes in cortisol that cause premature aging. Examples of healthy stress-management techniques are exercise, deep breathing, and massage.
Combine Botox with dermal fillers
The active ingredient in Botox causes certain facial muscles to relax, while dermal fillers plump your skin in areas with wrinkles to reduce their appearance. Ask your professional injector about the possibility of combining Botox with dermal filler treatment so you can maintain a youthful appearance for as long as possible.
Schedule regular appointments
Receive regular Botox and dermal filler injections as recommended by your professional injector. Sticking to a schedule prolongs your results by preventing effects from wearing off sooner, and by helping your skin maintain collagen production. Avoid getting Botox more often than needed, since this can cause muscles in your skin to become resistant to treatment.
Follow post-care instructions
Avoid lying down for several hours after Botox, and avoid exercise, sun exposure, heavy lifting, and alcohol or salts within several hours of Botox and dermal filler treatments. Follow all post-care instructions provided by your injector to lower your risk for problems that may compromise your results.
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