Fine lines and wrinkles can give you a stern, stressed, or older-looking appearance. Fortunately, injectable treatments such as Botox can drastically improve visible signs of aging so you can look younger and more relaxed. Learn more about neurotoxin treatments before scheduling your first appointment at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC.
How Many Times Can You Get Botox?
In general, there is no upper limit to the number of times you can use Botox to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the upper face. This treatment will continue to be just as effective as your first treatment each time you schedule an appointment because it’s very difficult to build up a tolerance to neurotoxin treatments.
The results of neurotoxin injectables can last for three to four months on average. Most people will schedule regular maintenance appointments three to four times a year to continue enjoying desired results. However, some people may only schedule touch-up appointments twice a year, particularly if results are lasting longer than expected.
What Happens After Repeated Treatments?
After using neurotoxin injectables for several years, many people will notice muscles that have been repeatedly treated become weaker and flatter. This is because neurotoxin treatments prevent muscle movements, which creates atrophy in the face that will ultimately make it more difficult to develop dynamic wrinkles.
Why Do Some People Use Neurotoxins Early in Life?
Many people like to use neurotoxin treatments earlier in life to prevent or delay the development of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are a particular type of age-related concern that develops after repeated muscle movements or facial tension. Essentially, dynamic wrinkles will cause the skin to crinkle over time as you make facial expressions, such as furrowing your eyebrows. By preventing these muscle movements, dynamic wrinkles will not develop as quickly.
How Can You Prolong Your Results?
If you want to get the most out of each of your neurotoxin treatments, there are several things you can do to prolong your results. Prolonging your results can make your results look better or more natural. Following some of these methods can also prevent other types of wrinkles or signs of aging from developing.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Sun damage is the primary cause of most visible signs of aging, including dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. This is because UV rays can break down collagen in the skin, which makes the skin thinner and more likely to develop visible wrinkles. By limiting your sun exposure, you can significantly reduce worsening fine lines and wrinkles.
For neurotoxin treatments in particular, avoiding sun exposure is essential to protect the neurotoxin formula in your facial muscles. Essentially, sun damage creates inflammation that breaks down the neurotoxin treatment more quickly and reduces the longevity of your results.
Reduce Workout Intensity
Reducing your workout intensity or including more low-intensity workouts can also help prolong your desired results. This is because high-intensity workouts can increase your metabolism, which then helps your body metabolize your neurotoxin injectable more quickly. While you don’t need to stop working out, you may want to consider more diverse workouts that will stabilize your metabolism rather than boost your metabolism.
Minimize Stress Levels
Minimizing your stress can prolong your results in two ways. The first is that stress can cause people to make unconscious facial expressions, such as frowning or furrowing their brows. Reducing stress in your life can have the simple effect of keeping your muscles relaxed naturally.
In particular, for your neurotoxin injectable, the formula used for your treatment is highly sensitive to a stress hormone called cortisol. When cortisol increases in the body, it stimulates inflammation that can break down your neurotoxin treatment more quickly than expected. Reducing high-stress situations or adopting stress-reducing activities such as meditation and yoga can stabilize cortisol production.
Prioritize Good Skincare
It’s also a good idea to prioritize good skin care. In particular, hydrated skin will have a stronger moisture barrier that can keep the surface of the skin smooth and supple. You also want to consider using anti-aging skin care products such as retinol.
Consider Zinc Supplement
Some people may benefit from adding a zinc supplement to their everyday routine. One study found that people who took at least 50 mg of zinc every day could prolong the results of neurotoxin treatments by as much as 30%. Be sure to discuss adding supplements to your routine with your doctor.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Finally, avoiding tobacco products can also help your results last for as long as possible. Nicotine from cigarettes, vaping, and chewing tobacco can all affect the health of the collagen in your skin, which can make it easier for fine lines and wrinkles to develop.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Candidates for neurotoxin treatments are those who are over the age of 18, those who generally have good health, those who have healthy skin, and those who are not breastfeeding or pregnant. If you have certain autoimmune disorders or skin conditions, you may not be a good match for this treatment.
Minimize Fine Lines and Wrinkles
One of the best things about Botox is that it can be used indefinitely to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you think this treatment is a good match for your aesthetic concerns, contact Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC to schedule a consultation today.