How To Make Botulinum Toxin Injection Last Longer

How to make botulinum toxin injection last longer by Dr. Julie Pineda of HOO Dermatology

Botulinum Toxin Injections relax the muscles affected by dynamic wrinkling and expression lines on the forehead, glabellar and periorbital areas (crow's feet). It can also be used for facial contouring (masseter hypertrophy) and for patients with excessive sweating problems (hyperhidrosis). HOO Dermatology Research and Development Head, Dr. Julie Pineda, shares a few tips on how to prolong the effects of Botulinum Toxin Injections so you can enjoy the benefits for longer.

1. Slather On Sunscreen

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"Patients who are constantly under the sun break down collagen faster because of the enzyme collagenase and the toxin will not last long. It is advisable to stay indoors from 10:00AM-4:00PM and wear at least an SPF 30 sunscreen. Layering the sunscreen (e.g. cream, balm, powder, spray) adds more protection especially in the summer months. Taking an oral sunscreen is also a plus."

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2. Become a Regular

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"Coming back for treatment every 3 month intervals promotes the development of muscle memory and longevity of results in treated areas."

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3. Add Zinc to Your Multivitamin Regimen

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"There are a few studies that support the role of zinc as a botulinum toxin booster."


4. Do Combination Treatments

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"Combining treatments that address the different layers of the skin make the neurotoxin last longer. Examples are micro-focused ultrasound plus neurotoxin or hyaluronic acid fillers with neurotoxins."

Dr. Julie explains micro-focused ultrasound further here.

5. Switch to Silk
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"Silk pillow cases minimizes creases and lines on the face and neck."

6. See a Board-Certified Dermatologist

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"See a professional who understands the art and science of toxin injection. Appropriate dosing of the toxin to the muscle will ensure a full 3 month treatment."

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7. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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"Keeping a positive happy attitude, avoiding stress, and sleeping 8 hours every night help keep cortisol levels at bay. Inflammation caused by excess cortisol breaks down collagen, neurotoxin and fillers."