[Editor's Review] Ten Ways How to Make your Botox and Dermal Fillers Last
EHA Clinic | 2 Jan 2015
Now that you are more beautiful, here is a list of 10 ways to stay gorgeous.
1. Avoid sun exposure
Avoid sun exposure on the day of treatment as it will boost blood circulation, causing blood vessels to dilate. This would possibly dissolve the botox faster than usual. Not forgetting the fact that the sun contributes to skin aging and wrinkles. Avoid sun tanning as much as possible, or even a sun bed. Always protect your skin with, at least, an SPF 30 sunblock. And try to reapply every two hours.
If you are not able to reapply due to makeup or work, opt for EHA’s Sun Shield 24hr. It has been proven to block both UV-A and UV-B rays by 99%, for a period of 24 hours, with just one application. Even when applied thickly to the skin, this non-greasy, lightly tinted base – which is equivalent to an SPF factor of 30 – gives your skin a natural look.
2. Avoid any rigorous activities
Avoid any rigorous exercises and activities for at least 2 weeks as it will increase the body’s temperature. It is advisable to avoid sauna, any medications or supplements that may increase blood flow for the first 48 hours to reduce bruising. As botox is heat sensitive, increasing the body’s temperature may denature it before it could penetrate the nerve and hence reducing its efficacy.
3. Cut down on your Smoking and alcohol
Dr Elias Tam from EHA Clinic advised, “Although there is no definite proof, many have noticed that smoking and alcohol seem to reduce the dermal filler faster than usual in some individuals, especially in the first two weeks.” If you had dermal fillers done on your upper lips, sucking in those sticks will not help smoothen the lines as smoking itself can cause more facial depression lines especially around the mouth.
4. Get the right dosage
While overdosing is not necessary, under dosage may shorten the duration of efficacy. Choose a doctor who is not a businessman. By that I mean, get the dosage right and don’t be fooled into over paying. The key is to get the right dosage in the right area. Always do your research about the doctors before forking out the bucks or commit to any treatments.
5. Never Massage
Do not massage or lay face down on a massage table for two weeks. It is highly advisable to avoid lying down flat for four hours as one may fall asleep and press on the treated area. You wouldn’t want your new nose tip to look like a snort. Avoid taking a flight within 24 hours as the change in pressure may cause more bruising.
6. Botox regularly
Botox makes muscle weaker. Initially it will last 4 to 6 months. You can get your botox injections every 6 months but don’t go too often or your muscles will be resistant. You may go back for a top-up in 2 or 4 weeks but not a new dose.
7. Don’t be obsessed!
Stop touching the fillers. Stop going to the mirror to check if your Botox is working! You will be frowning more than usual when checking to see if those wrinkles are gone (or not yet). Don’t fret it. Have faith in your doctor. Botox takes 2 weeks to show results. You will know when it is time for a new bout of Botox naturally.
8. Know where you should inject
If you want to inject botox in your forehead, don’t do it directly TO the forehead. Instead, get it injected into the muscle between your eyes. Why? Because those muscles are more active than the ones on your forehead! What makes you frown is that muscle between the eyes, not the muscles on your forehead.
9. Had fillers in your nose bridge fillers?
I don’t know if it is just me but when I had my nose bridge fillers done, my nostrils contracted from the erection of the bridge. So digging my nose proved to be quite a challenge. But when I use cotton buds to remove any excess booger instead of my pinky finger, the shape of my new nose looks almost the same as the day I got the fillers in.
10. Don’t chew on it
Don’t chew gum or eat tough meat or you’ll be working your muscles out!
Don't hesitate to call your doctor immediately if you are worried about anything.
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