7 Ways to Help Botox Last Longer

Botox is a preventative treatment that is an investment in your appearance. As a powerful neuromodulator, Botox works by relaxing muscles of facial expression that cause “dynamic” wrinkles, those wrinkles that occur due to repeated facial expressions. Treatment with Botox or other FDA-approved neuromodulators relaxes expression lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines between the eyebrows, horizontal forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dr. Tina West participated in the original Phase III FDA studies leading to the approval of Botox Cosmetic and published the first peer-reviewed article in the international medical literature documenting the dose/duration correlation of Botox.

The West Institute offers treatment with Botox and Dysport, another type of neuromodulator. Visit Dr. West at The West Institute in Maryland or her location in Aspen, CO, for your next Botox treatment. Maximize your Botox use with these tips.

1. Use Sunscreen

The sun is a primary factor behind premature aging. Limiting sun exposure during peak UV periods (typically between 10 am and 3 pm) and wearing mineral sunscreen daily can reduce sun damage and potentially extend the results of your Botox treatment. Regularly wearing mineral sunscreen can also reduce the risk of skin cancer.

2. Follow Recovery Recommendations

Dr. West and her team instruct each patient on how to care for their skin followingBotox  These instructions are simple, but essential to achieving the best possible results from treatment. To achieve the most benefit from your Botox treatment, follow your post-treatment instructions carefully and contact Dr. West if you have any questions or concerns.

3. Be Consistent With Follow-Up

The results from a Botox treatment are temporary, usually lasting about three to four months. To maintain results, it is recommended that patients return for Botox treatment approximately 3 times each year. Dr. West will work with you to create a personalized treatment schedule to keep you looking your best.

4. Pair Botox With Other Complementary Treatments

Botox and dermal fillers are an ideal combination for many patients. Dr. West will recommend complementary treatments to help enhance, extend and maintain your results. Fillers and neuromodulators work together as maintenance treatments to prevent or reverse the signs of aging and maintain your best natural-looking, refreshed appearance.

5. Use High-Quality Skincare Products

Active, high-quality skincare products can improve the health of your skin. Healthier skin means better Botox results.

What products does your skin need to reverse and prevent aging changes? Dr. West has developed a custom line of medical-grade skincare products that are active, meaning that they can make your skin cells act like younger cells in addition to protecting them from harmful environmental factors. Let our skincare experts help you select the most effective products for your skin type and concerns.

6. Stay Hydrated

Good hydration is vital for skin health and beauty. Make sure you’re drinking enough water each day to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.

7. Work With a Skilled Injector

Many medical practices and aesthetic spas offer Botox treatments, but few have the experience and medical expertise of Dr. West. A board-certified dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience and ongoing training, Dr. West has worked closely with some of the most renowned names in dermatology and participated in the original FDA clinical trials that granted Botox approval for cosmetic use. Her knowledge about Botox and other neuromodulators enables her to create natural-looking and long-lasting results with each treatment.

Schedule Your Botox Treatment With Dr. West

If you’re ready to get started with Botox, contact Dr. West and schedule your first treatment. Call our Aspen, CO, office at (970) 429-8350, or reach our Chevy Chase, MD, location at (301) 986-9378.