Botox is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. While it is not a permanent solution, it can provide long-lasting results that can last up to 3-4 months. However, there are certain things you can do to make Botox last longer and wear off slower. Technically, there is no way to reverse the effects of Botox once it takes effect.
However, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to maximize the lifespan of your Botox treatment. Stress releases cortisol, the “stress hormone”, which triggers an inflammatory response in the body. Consistent high stress levels can cause the body to break down Botox more quickly and, at the same time, accelerate the aging process. To counteract this, it is important to participate in activities that help reduce stress levels such as meditation, yoga, and other stress-relieving activities.
In addition to reducing stress levels, it is also important to take care of your skin. Moisturizers that contain collagen and hyaluronic acid can be particularly beneficial, as they keep the skin looking smooth and healthy and reduce the speed with which Botox breaks down in the facial muscles. There has also been some hype about increasing zinc intake to make Botox last longer. However, this has not been scientifically proven. It is also important to trust your dermatologist to provide you with the optimal skin care regimen that will complement the effects of your Botox treatment.
Not only will these two simple steps protect your skin, but they will also help your Botox, Restylane or Juvéderm last longer. Finally, it is important to avoid intense physical activity, massages, facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasions, or any facial treatment 24 hours after the Botox injection. This allows Botox molecules to disperse at a faster rate, which can ruin the treatment by reducing the absorption of the drug into nerve endings. Exercising regularly won't make the effect of Botox or Restylane go away any faster, but intense workouts immediately after receiving treatment may reduce the results.