“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. The muscles underneath skin are temporarily relaxed, and although we say that Botox “wears off,” the medication never actually goes away; the nerves grow new fiber endings 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 (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.
Extend Your Wrinkle-Free Appearance
Although you technically can’t make your Botox last longer, you can extend the Botox effectiveness time. 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, able to personalize your treatment and create a treatment schedule for you for ultimately 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.
For the first 24-48 hours, refrain from rubbing your face, exercising, or using harsh products. Any of these actions 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.
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. (See more key ingredients of Botox)
- 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 Botox 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 Brazilian Skin products and by treating non-dynamic wrinkles.* The Brazilian Facelift makes for both an ideal Botox alternative and a Botox assistant.
Bratoxinsta is an instant face lift serum that 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.
Bratoxin also has muscle relaxant properties thanks to the Jambu plant, and it 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, while remaining gentle enough for twice daily use.
The Açai Triple Stem Cell Complex Sleep Mask seals in moisture overnight, leaving your skin refreshed and full in the morning. Staying moisturized is essential to prevent more signs of aging, and well-hydrated skin can heal faster and is less prone show expression lines.
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.