Anti-aging can be a challenge. Every little thing we do is just buying us time. Knowing this is the case, many people want to know if they can extend the benefits of various treatments. Patients sometimes ask if they can prolong the anti-aging effects of Botox and, if so, how. While there is no way to guarantee that any strategy will make a profound difference, experts do offer a few tips, which we will outline here.
Develop a schedule that’s right for you.
Botox naturally breaks down in the muscle over time. The body absorbs and eliminates the active ingredient. How quickly this happens varies from one person to another. Generally, Botox results last between 3 and 6 months. Once you begin to notice lines creeping back onto the skin, schedule your touch-up. When you identify how long your results last, you can develop a touch-up schedule in accordance with that. Studies suggest that when a person maintains a consistent touch-up schedule, their Botox results may last longer over time.
Try not to age your skin.
Of course, your skin is naturally going to age. However, some habits can accelerate this process. Smoking is one of the primary ones. It ages the skin more quickly by robbing it of the oxygen that is vital to tissue repair. Cigarette smoke permeates the skin and causes oxidative stress, resulting in more signs of aging more quickly. If you want the results of any cosmetic treatment to last longer, don’t smoke.
Try a Zinc booster.
Several years ago, researchers performed a study to see if boosting zinc could also boost the results of Botox. Full transparency: the developer of the Zyphaze product was involved in the study. However, according to data, participants who were given a combination of zinc and an enzyme called phytase did see better treatment results. So much so that the study had to be halted due to participants not wanting to switch from their beneficial control group to a placebo group! Once you see positive cosmetic results, they’re difficult to give up.
In case you haven’t guessed, the primary ways to extend the results of Botox are the very ways to support aging skin. Eating well, minimizing alcohol consumption, reducing stress, and staying out of the sun are all habits that help the skin age at a slower pace. These habits are beneficial no matter what treatment you choose to meet your beauty needs.
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