How Can I Make My BOTOX® Last Longer?
When it comes to aesthetic treatments and procedures, almost nothing matters as much as getting results that last as long as possible. This is no different for patients considering BOTOX® injections. Compared to dermal fillers and other treatments, however, BOTOX® injections typically need to be repeated more frequently. In this blog from Kiss Aesthetics in Minooka, IL, esteemed nurse practitioner Kim Burke offers helpful tips on how you can preserve your BOTOX® results for up to 3 – 4 months or longer, as well information on wrinkle-relaxing treatments that may be even longer lasting.
All about BOTOX®
BOTOX® is a popular injectable wrinkle relaxer product that is used in an aesthetic setting to address dynamic facial lines, such as:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Brow wrinkles
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Glabellar lines
- Frown lines
How long does BOTOX® last?
BOTOX® injections take about 2 – 7 days to relax facial muscles and smooth out dynamic lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface. On average, patients can expect their BOTOX® results to last for about 3 – 4 months.
Can I do anything to make BOTOX® last longer?
BOTOX® effects last for about 3 – 4 months. While there is no true way to extend BOTOX® results beyond this, there are some things that may reduce the window of BOTOX® results — like engaging in strenuous exercise regularly. With this in mind, patients should follow these guidelines to avoid their BOTOX® “wearing off” too early:
- Avoid sun exposure
- Do not smoke
- Minimize alcohol intake
- Wear sunscreen
- Reduce stress levels
- Keep the skin moisturized
- Get plenty of sleep
Physical exercise is beneficial to your overall health and should not be restricted solely for the purpose of extending the life of your BOTOX®, but it is important for physically active patients to have realistic expectations for their BOTOX® and understand that regular, intense physical exercise may mean BOTOX® injections are required more often. Another possibility for patients looking for longer-lasting BOTOX® results is the use of Dysport®. This injectable wrinkle relaxer offers very similar results as BOTOX® does, but it is sometimes reported to last somewhat longer than BOTOX®.
Do fillers last longer than BOTOX®?
Yes. Most fillers last for at least 9 – 12 months, while BOTOX® lasts for about 3 – 4 months. However, dermal fillers and BOTOX® are not interchangeable. Injectable fillers, like JUVÉDERM®, are used to diminish the appearance of deep facial lines and wrinkles, as well as to add volume to the lips and cheeks, while injectable wrinkle relaxers — like BOTOX® — are designed to smooth out expressive (dynamic lines). Still, a combination of wrinkle relaxers and fillers remains the gold standard for achieving the most natural, youthful-looking, and long-lasting results possible. During your initial consultation for cosmetic injections in Minooka, IL, our expert aesthetic team will assess your signs of facial aging and determine which injectables and other anti-aging skin rejuvenation treatments are best suited to help you achieve the smoother and younger complexion you desire.
Relax your wrinkles with BOTOX® injections in Minooka, IL
Having a life full of ups and downs — and the associated facial expressions — shouldn’t mean you have to live with permanent facial lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking for a way to diminish your expression lines, BOTOX® may be right for you. For more information on the benefits of BOTOX® and Dysport injections in Minooka or Tinley Park, IL, call Kiss Aesthetics to schedule your consultation with nurse practitioner Kim Burke and our team of experienced cosmetic injectors today.