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9 Things That Can Affect How Long Wrinkle Reducers Last

9 Things That Can Affect How Long Wrinkle Reducers Last

When it comes to restoring a more youthful appearance, wrinkle reducers in Northern Kentucky, such as Botox®, Xeomin®, and DAXXIFY®, are typically the front runners for popular solutions. Apart from their high satisfaction rate, these wrinkle reducers are FDA approved to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With the typical timeline for expecting results being anywhere from two to six months, many anti-aging enthusiasts are attracted to the thought of needing only a handful of injections per year to maintain their youthful appearance. But there are certain factors that can contribute to shortening the amount of time you enjoy your results. Continue reading to learn what those factors are and what you can do to potentially stave them off and stretch your time between injections. 

Why do wrinkle reducers wear off in the first place?

Most of us know that wrinkle reducer treatments work by temporarily blocking certain muscle contractions that cause wrinkles to form in the first place. But why only temporarily? That’s because your body makes new neurotransmitters all the time. With the gradual increase of those neurotransmitters, muscles become no longer inhibited and the “blocking” effect of wrinkle reducers gradually wears off naturally. 

What contributes to wrinkle reducers wearing off faster than normal?

Other than the typical “results may vary” tagline that comes with many treatments of this nature, let’s dive a bit deeper and examine the usual culprits that can contribute to reducing the timeframe for wrinkle reducer results. 

1. Your age – In most cases, older people will experience a shorter duration of results than younger people. That’s primarily due to the overall quality of their skin, which includes less collagen and elasticity as well as more prominent or deeper lines.  

2. Dosage –The proper dosage ensures the optimal duration. A lower dose might not provide the expected longevity. For instance, the upper face areas (glabella lines, forehead, and crow’s feet) often require a typical dosage of about 48-60 units for optimal results, depending on the patient. 

3. Skincare – A good skincare routine including proper medical-grade products can help enhance results from neurotoxin injections. 

4. Your metabolism – Your own body chemistry will process wrinkle reducers in its own timeframe.

5. Weight and diet– Significant weight fluctuations or extreme diet modifications can alter your metabolism and possibly reduce the effect of wrinkle reducers.

6. The size and depth of wrinkles being treated – People with fainter lines may enjoy the effects of wrinkle reducers longer than those with deeper wrinkles.

7. The treatment area – Wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows statistically experience the longest-lasting results from neurotoxin injections.

8. Your facial expressions – People who are more animated with their facial expressions tend to experience a return of wrinkles sooner than those who are a bit more reserved with their expressions.

9. How often you have injections – The more frequently you have wrinkle reducer injections, the longer the effect will last between visits. 

A note for first-time users

Aside from the factors listed above, if you are a first-time patient for wrinkle reducer injections, it’s important to be mindful that your first treatment is unlikely to result in long-lasting results. That’s because it can take multiple treatments before your muscles become conditioned and respond to the neurotoxin. The muscles are at their strongest prior to your first injections. Results typically last longer after several sessions as the skin has more time to regenerate collagen. You’ll likely need to schedule your second appointment for two or three months following your first treatment.

How can I help my wrinkle reducer treatment last longer?

The absolute best way to prolong the effects of your wrinkle reducer injections is to maintain regular appointments at your injector’s office. It’s especially helpful to get your injections before the previous treatment has entirely worn off. But there are a few ways you may be able to help extend the skin-smoothing effects of wrinkle reducers. These can include:

  • Avoid any strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after injections.
  • Avoid using abrasive skincare products.
  • Moisturize daily with a quality moisturizer.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Don’t smoke.

Always seek a knowledgeable injector for your wrinkle reducer treatments.

Whether you’re considering dipping your toe into the fountain of youth with wrinkle reducer treatments in Northern Kentucky for the first time or injections are a regular part of your beauty regimen, consider Derm Aesthetics your authority on these popular treatment options. Dr. Susan Bushelman is a board-certified dermatologist and expert injector who has more than her fair share of knowledge on wrinkle reducers and a gamut of other treatment options to help turn back the clock. Call us at (859) 363-5394 or click here to schedule your private consultation today.