Tips to Maximize Your Botox & Filler ResultsPosted on Friday, January 31st, 2020 by Douglas M. Stevens, MD
Botox and filler injections are a safe and effective way to reverse some of the signs of facial aging. Dr. Douglas Stevens’ Botox and filler patients are usually very pleased with their natural-looking results.
However, there is one caveat to treatment. The results are long-lasting, but they are not permanent. Depending on the filler product, the results can last anywhere from three months up to two years. Eventually the body starts to break down the injectable and the results become less noticeable.
If you are planning to get Botox or fillers, you might be interested in what you can do to maximize the longevity of your results. In this post, Dr. Stevens suggests his best tips to extend the lifespan of Botox and fillers.
See a Highly Experienced Injector
The experience and skill of your injector plays an important role in how long your results last. A qualified injector understands proper dosing and how to map out injection points for maximum results.
Follow Your Aftercare Instructions
Following your injector’s aftercare instructions is crucial to enjoying your results as long as possible. For instance, your injector may advise you to avoid strenuous exercise and excessive heat for 24 hours after treatment to avoid breaking down the injectables too soon.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Exposing your skin to the sun’s UV rays can have a harmful effect on fillers. To protect your results, be diligent about sun protection and wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with a wide-brimmed hat.
Use Skin Care Products
Using quality skin care products can help extend the life of your Botox and fillers. Also, staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet (with very few processed or packaged foods) can also help the treated areas remain smooth, plump and wrinkle-free.
Avoid Squinting or Scowling as Much as Possible
Frequent squinting, scowling or scrunching up your face stimulates the muscles that Botox relaxes, and can cause Botox to wear off faster. Try not to make these facial expressions if possible.
Smoking is terrible for the health and appearance of your skin and can compromise your Botox and filler results.
Schedule Regular Treatments
Finally, regular “maintenance” treatments can help prolong your results. In the case of Botox, regular treatments can help train the treated muscles to be less active for fewer wrinkles. Talk to your injector about a schedule of maintenance treatments to see the best results.
For more information about extending the life of your Botox and fillers, please contact our Fort Myers practice today.