A question I am commonly asked is how can I make my Botox last longer? Is this even possible?

The longevity of Botox treatment can vary from person to person and the good news is there are steps you can take to help make your Botox results last longer:

1. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can contribute to the longevity of your Botox results. This includes staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, getting regular exercise, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

2. Follow your provider's recommendations for the appropriate dosage and treatment areas. Using too much Botox can lead to unwanted side effects, while using too little may result in shorter-lasting results.

3.  Protecting your skin from the sun: UV radiation from the sun accelerates the breakdown of Botox. This is especially relevant in Mount Maunganui and surrounding areas. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily (even in winter), and wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat when exposed to sunlight.

4.  Avoid harsh skin treatments: After Botox, avoid chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or other similar skin treatments for a few weeks as these can potentially reduce the longevity of your Botox results.

5.  Maintain a consistent treatment schedule: Botox is not a permanent solution, and will require re treatment over time. To maintain your results, consider scheduling follow-up appointments as recommended by your provider. This often means treatments every three to four months.

6.  Consider complementary treatments: Some skincare products and treatments can help prolong the effects of Botox. For example using topical skincare products that contain ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, and peptides can support skin health and improve the appearance of wrinkles.

7.  Managing stress, which can contribute to the development of wrinkles and may affect the longevity of Botox results. Incorporate stress-reduction techniques into your daily routine, such as meditation, yoga, walks on the beach or deep breathing exercises.

8.  Avoid excessive facial expressions such as frowning or squinting, can cause Botox to wear off more quickly. Be mindful of your facial expressions and try to reduce repetitive movements that engage the treated muscles.

9. Talk with your provider: If you notice that your Botox results are not lasting as long as you'd like, discuss your concerns with your provider, any good provider will want to know if clients are not happy with their results and discuss ways to adjust your treatment plan or offer alternative options.

10. Alternatives to Botox – such as Dysport and Xeomin. If you are seeing results which are not lasting as long with Botox itcan be worth trying another botulinum toxin containing injectable.

Remember that individual results can vary, and the duration of Botox effects depends on factors like metabolism, lifestyle, dose and the specific treatment area.

Dr Lia Brugha offers Botox treatment in Tauranga. Book a consultation today.