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Botox is an injectable that commonly reduces the appearance of wrinkles. But this is not its only use. It also helps treat an overactive bladder, lazy eye, and neck spasms. The brand name injectable works by attaching to nerve endings and blocking signals. It reduces your symptoms, eases wrinkles, and prevents new ones from forming. It also helps relax muscles, stopping them from contracting.
The results are not permanent. They last for about three to six months. However, there are various ways you can make them last longer. Here are a few suggestions you can apply.
Follow the After-care Instructions
Follow the instructions the doctor at East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery gives you after your Botox procedure. Avoid getting a head or facial massage 24 hours after your Botox injections. Also, avoid rubbing the treatment area. Avoid lying down for at least three hours after the treatment. Prop yourself up if you need to get some shut-eye.
Also, avoid sauna, tanning booths, and hot baths for at least four hours. In short, avoid anything that may stress your skin, and give it a break for at least 24 hours. However, the injection takes effect after three days and is noticeable after two weeks. Take good care of yourself and your skin during this time.
Start With Diet and Supplements
Low levels of different nutrients in your body increase the efficacy of Botox. Hence, it is vital to keep healthy and boost the nutrients in your body. Eat a proper diet and avoid processed foods. Add nutrients like zinc into your diet. You can take them in the form of supplements that will prolong the longevity of your Botox injections. You also need to limit your sugar intake.
Avoid Abrasive Products
There are many products you love that you may have to put aside after Botox. You may want to use them with Botox, thinking they will maximize your results. However, they may end up reducing its longevity.
Put aside any abrasive scrubs, masks, cleansers, and toners. Do this for about a week or two after your Botox appointment. They may disrupt the injectable from working effectively. Instead, ensure that you drink plenty of water.
Drink Plenty of Water and Moisturize
It will make your skin look supple and plump. Take the time to moisturize your skin in the morning, and take plenty of water during the day to hydrate. In the evening or at night, moisturize your skin. It will keep the wrinkles away longer.
Avoid the Sun
Avoid the sun as much as possible. Wear sunscreen that contains SPF 30+. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat and wide-lens sunglasses. All these will protect your skin from harmful UV rays. These rays increase blood circulation, causing blood vessels to dilate and disperse Botox faster. The fast dispersal reduces the longevity of the treatment.
Exercise Your Facial Muscles
Research shows that facial exercises reduce wrinkle formation and help in muscle relaxation. They speed up the effects of Botox and help them last longer. You can exercise your facial muscles by making different expressions. You can frown, smile, and grin. These expressions help to strengthen your facial muscles.
For more information on Botox, visit East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at our office in Oakland, California. Call (510) 451-6950 to schedule an appointment today.