How To Make Your BOTOX Last Longer
By: Rene Sacchitella
In 2016, the stigma of Botox has drifted away with the past. Now everyone either receives it, wants it or knows someone that has been treated with it and finally, there isn’t shame. The ability to relax targeted muscles to soften the aging process into your problem areas like crow's feet, forehead and glabella (in between the eyebrows) is a gift. We could talk for hours about how much we all trust and love Botox. The only wish is that we could make the youthful effects last longer. Normally, Botox can last anywhere between 4-6 months depending on your body and your natural metabolism. But after conducting research of my own I have found some hidden tips and tricks to have your Botox last longer. Below is this list of tips to help get the maximum benefits from your Botox and prolong the effects to enhance your experience.
1. Receiving the proper amount to train your muscle
When you first start receiving Botox treatmwnts, your muscles are at their strongest. For optimal performance of the proteins in Botox it is vital to ensure the proper dosage of units in the targeted areas. Over time you will most likely need less units because the muscles have become weaker over time. For example: the glabella (between the eyes) roughly takes 20 units to start to ensure proper freezing of the muscle. But over time the muscle will become weaker with each visit stretching the amount of units need and how often you need to come back. It may have started with 20 units every 4 months, but with a proper regimen it could now take 15 units every 6 months because we have “trained” the muscle.
2. Zinc Supplements
Last year an ophthalmologist, Dr. Charles Sopokar, published a study in which he treated 44 patients with a zinc and phytase supplement 4 days before the Botox injections. He found that 41 out of the 44 patients had better and longer improvement when compared to their previous treatments. This is a very interesting concept because Botox belongs to a group of enzymes that are zinc dependent. Phytase is a supplement that helps the body absorb zinc. So it makes some sense that a zinc supplement with phytase may help Botox work better, especially in people who are deficient in zinc. A new prescription Zytaze is compounded in both zinc and phytase has recently come out. Zytaze was compounded with the intention that the patient will take it 4 days before and the day of the treatment to see long lasting results. Theoretically, basic zinc supplements could replicate the same process but unfortunately there isn’t enough studies to support the comparison between basic zinc supplements and Zytaze. But it’s always worth a try.
3. Using Retin-A
Combining treatments are a cornerstone in anti-aging medicine. While a Botox treatment will give you fast results in the upper portion of your face, using Botox and a topical retinoid can help prevent the need for additional Botox units per visit or even prolong the time in between treatments. Additionally, retinoids can be applied on other areas of the face not typically treated with Botox, allowing you to prevent and treat fine lines in other areas. Basically, this combination combats fine lines and wrinkles from 2 different directions at the source of the issue.
4. Staying out of the Sun and refraining from strenuous exercise.
Beside the normal pledge against unprotected sun exposure, it is also advisable to avoid it on the day of the treatment. The sunshine will boost blood circulation, causing blood vessels to dilate and possibly disperse the Botox faster than normal. The same idea goes for cardio vascular exercise. It takes time for the proteins to affect the muscles in treated area after the injection and properly diffuse. Therefore exercising vigorously after a Botox treatment can cause the product to be metabolized before it has the proper time to diffuse, thus rendering the Botox less effective. Even after the recommended 24 hours to return to your normal exercise regimen, be mindful of the facial expressions you are making, and be mindful that it might take longer to “train” your treated muscles to become weaker to help make it last longer.
5. Getting it on a schedule but not too frequently
Have Botox sessions at regular intervals, then your muscles will become weaker and hence, in time the effects of the treatment will last longer. However, this may sound like a contradiction to the first tip, however if you have Botox too frequently, there is a chance your muscles will become resistant to the treatment. Try to leave at least 12 weeks in between treatments to maintain optimal performance.
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