“How can I make my Botox last longer?” is an all too common question. Once you begin Botox injections, you should typically be retreated every four to six months in order to maintain your smooth, wrinkle-free complexion. Although inevitably temporary, can everyone enjoy a full six months of youthful skin? What can make Botox last longer, if it’s even possible? If you’re one of the many people dying to know how to make your Botox last longer, read on:
What is Botox Really?
Before we can answer what can make Botox last longer, it’s important to understand what Botox is and how it works. Not to be confused with injectable fillers, Botox is a prescription medication that attaches itself to nerve endings, disrupting the synaptic pathway between your nerves and facial muscles. This prevents the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) from reaching the muscles and triggering contractions, which is just a complicated way of saying that Botox paralyzes the nerves that allow your facial muscles to move. The muscles underneath skin are temporarily relaxed, and although we say that Botox “wears off,” the medication never actually goes away; only the muscle paralysis is temporary. The nerves replace their paralyzed fiber endings by growing new ones that are able to stimulate the muscles again.
When it comes to making Botox last longer, these distinctions are important for two reasons. The first reason is that technically, the actual Botox cannot be made to “last longer” because it already binds permanently to your nerves. So unfortunately, the medication already lasts as long as it possibly can before your body naturally finds a way around it (but don’t worry, you don’t need to make Botox last longer to make the results last longer).
The second reason is that Botox prevents muscle contractions, meaning it only reduces and prevents dynamic wrinkles, the wrinkles that form from facial expressions and movements. Botox does not contribute to the elasticity or firmness of the actual skin, which is why many people may choose to combine their regular Botox treatments with facelifts, fillers, or other invasive surgical procedures. Despite its popularity, Botox simply isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for anti-aging results!
Extend Your Wrinkle-Free Appearance
Although you technically can’t make your Botox last longer, you can extend the length of Botox’s effectiveness. Full results will be visible five to seven days after the injections, and then the Botox will begin to gradually lose effectiveness over the course of four to six months. If you want to reach the full six months and make the transition between treatments as minimal as possible, follow these tips:
Seek out an experienced doctor. Botox injections require the appropriate dosage and proper injection sites for maximum effectiveness, and those factors vary from person to person. An experienced plastic surgeon will help you know everything before getting Botox, as well as be able to personalize your treatment and create a treatment schedule best for you that ultimately results in longer lasting Botox effects.
Immediately after the administration, move your muscles at the injection sites. Moving these muscles by making silly faces can actually help evenly distribute the injection, thus making Botox last longer. Don’t be shy here; you can frown and grin and be as expressive as you want after the injection. Once the Botox takes effect, these expressions won’t make any lasting impact on your skin.
For the first 24-48 hours, refrain from rubbing your face, exercising, or using harsh products. Although being expressive is good, don’t overdo it with a full on facial massage. Rubbing or exfoliating your face, exercising, or using harsh products can potentially cause the Botox to migrate to areas of your face it shouldn’t be and may result in facial paralysis, eyelid drooping, or other undesirable effects. Avoid napping or lying down for the 4 hours immediately after. It may also help to sleep on your back in a slightly elevated position for the first two nights post-injection.
Avoid the sun. This is a good piece of advice for all skin, with or without Botox. Sun damage is the leading cause of premature wrinkles, and Botox is ineffective against these wrinkles, since they do not involve the underlying muscles. A good rule of thumb is to wear SPF on your face, neck, and hands every day. Yes, even in the winter. And yes, even on overcast days.
Give Botox a helping hand with Argirelox™. Argirelox™ is a combination of peptides that reduces the amount of ACh nerves can release. Like Botox, it also relaxes the facial muscles, but unlike Botox, it can be applied topically! If you have ever wanted to know how to make Botox last longer, this ingredient is a must-have in your skin care products. In clinical studies, women who used an Argirelox™ peptide cream had nearly three (265.5% to be exact!) times greater wrinkle reductions after six months compared to a control group.
Read about the key ingredients of Botox and how they affect your body.
- Be patient. As previously mentioned, Botox takes time to reach full results. If you don’t see the results you wanted after a week, wait at least six weeks before trying again. Use of different myorelaxant brands or too many treatments too quickly can make your muscles resist Botox or react in other negative ways.
More Ways to Boost Your Botox
While following the tips above to increase the Botox effectiveness time, you can also boost its effects with supplementary BRZLNSKIN products and by treating non-dynamic wrinkles.* The brazilianfacelift regimen makes for both an ideal Botox alternative and a Botox assistant.
Bratoxinsta works similarly to Botox thanks to its peptide complex that includes Argirelox™. Bratoxinsta is a topical serum that can be applied as-needed and can improve the appearance of fine lines long-term. It creates visible results in less than a minute, making it the perfect companion when you need to delay your next injection—or just when you need to look a little fresher after a long day!
Bratoxinsta’s peptide complex imitates Botox by relaxing your facial muscles for up to eight hours, preventing expression lines from forming around your foreheads, eyes, and mouth. But its effects go beyond Botox: in addition to reducing visible dynamic wrinkles and lines, it also tightens slack, sagging skin. It can drastically improve the appearance of under-eye bags with just one use, while Botox injections have minimal to no impact on under-eye bags and isn’t approved for under-eye use by the FDA.
See the impact of Bratoxinsta on the wrinkles of participants in an independent December 2018 clinical study:
Bratoxin also has muscle relaxant properties thanks to the Jambu plant (Acmella Oleracea), which has been shown to decrease facial muscle contractions from 100 contractions per minute to 0 per minute. While the reduction of muscle contractions has a much shorter effectiveness time after one use than after a single injection of Botox (under 8 hours), Bratoxin’s muscle relaxant properties become more effective and longer-lasting with cumulative use. Using Bratoxin twice daily as recommended can improve existing signs of aging while acting preventatively to keep your skin looking younger for longer.
Additionally, Bratoxin improves the elasticity of the skin, targeting the wrinkles and fine lines that Botox can’t address. It also delivers more moisture to your skin and nourishment through antioxidants, vitamin C, and ferulic acid, leaving not just with better looking skin, but with healthier skin too. Healthy, happy skin translates directly to a younger, more vibrant you!
Taken together as a regimen, these three products do more than just mimic the effects of Botox. An independent 8-week clinical study shows that Brazilianfacelift can visibly reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet by up to 94%, while also increasing skin density, smoothness, and overall texture. 78% of the participants in the study felt that they looked at least 5 years younger after using the regimen for 8 weeks.
If those numbers don’t impress you, then take a look at the results:
These ultrasound images show the facial skin density of two of the study’s participants. The yellow depicts the densest areas of the skin, with the skin’s surface naturally being the most dense. After using Brazilianfacelift for 8 weeks, however, the participants’ skin became much denser throughout, leading to a fuller, younger-looking appearance. Low skin density, like the skin density depicted in the participants’ baseline images, is what causes the thin, crepe-y appearance of skin that sags and easily holds expression lines. These are the results that Botox can’t deliver on its own.
To make Botox last longer, try doing more than giving it a boost; address the signs of aging that Botox can’t. Brazilianfacelift is exactly the helping hand your Botox needs. Make the most of your time between Botox treatments and enjoy your youthful skin for longer!
*Speak with your doctor first before adding new skin care products to your skin care routine post-Botox.