How To Make Your Botox Last Longer: 5 Botox Maintenance Tips

By Peachy
Medically Reviewed by Larisa Fridlyand, AGACNP-BC

You took the time to research the best treatment for wrinkles, find a trusted provider, book your consultation, and visit a nearby studio to get Botox. Now what?

Enjoy the results, of course! You can expect your wrinkle relaxer treatment to last about 3-4 months. But what if you want to prolong the effects to keep your skin looking youthful and wrinkle-free as long as possible post-appointment? There are a few key things you can do (and avoid).

Before we get into our suggestions for how to make your Botox last longer, let’s dig into the science behind why wrinkles form and the steps you can take to minimize or prevent them.

What causes wrinkles?

There are two main causes of wrinkles: physiological and photoaging. While physiological aging is unavoidable, wrinkles due to photoaging can be prevented. Let’s discuss this.

Physiological aging occurs as your body produces less collagen and elastin. Since collagen is responsible for skin renewal and repair, when you don’t produce as much, repeated facial movements and exaggerated expressions lead to wrinkles. 

Premature aging – which shows up as wrinkles, freckles, and hyperpigmentation – is a result of sun exposure or “photoaging” that can occur within five minutes of being outside. This happens before you even notice a sunburn is forming. Smoking can also contribute to cell damage that accelerates collagen breakdown and signs of skin aging.

Now that you know what causes fine lines to form, what are some proven methods to prevent them? We have a few suggestions.

How to prevent wrinkles without Botox

Ideally, you want to prevent wrinkles before they form. There are a few things we recommend you do (and don’t do) outside of Botox that help keep your skin looking youthful:

Use a daily broad-spectrum SPF

Sun exposure is responsible for 80% of facial aging. A broad-spectrum SPF is a great option to protect your delicate facial skin from patchy hyperpigmentation, sunspots, rough skin texture, and even wrinkles.

Don’t smoke

Research suggests that smoking restricts your blood vessels, and increases the production of free radicals and enzymes (MMPs) that break down collagen and elastin in the skin. All of these factors play a role in premature aging that can lead to a more wrinkled appearance.

Apply prescription retinoids nightly

The science behind retinoids makes it a key component of your skincare routine if you want to prevent wrinkles before they form. Retinoids are a naturally occurring Vitamin A derivative that works on a cellular level to increase collagen production and decrease collagen breakdown that causes wrinkles. 

Drop the habit of squinting

Botox works by allowing specific muscle groups to relax without changing their structure. Repeatedly contracting these muscles by frowning and squinting can cause dynamic lines to progress into static wrinkles. Try to limit facial movement and exaggerated expressions to keep wrinkles at bay.

You’re caught up on the science behind wrinkles and ways to prevent them. Now, how do you know when it’s the right time for you to start getting Botox?

Know when to start Botox

The best age to start Botox is between the ages of 25-30. Because prevention is power, we recommend beginning treatment before dynamic lines become static wrinkles. 

However, you know it’s the right time when you can keep up with the suggested frequency of treatments: every 3-4 months. If you want youthful skin that lasts, regular maintenance is important.

After digging through page after page of Google, your research is done. You want to get Botox! Now you want to know if there’s anything you can do after your appointment to prolong the results. There are a few things we suggest to get the most out of your wrinkle relaxer treatment.

5 proven ways to make Botox last longer

Here are 5 of our top tips to make your Botox last long after your appointment is over.

1 | Visit a skilled practitioner

You want to find a licensed Nurse Practioner who specializes in Botox injections versus going to a medspa that offers a wide range of services.

Quality can come at the expense of convenience where there are more services offered. If you want remarkable results, you need a skilled provider to guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience.  

2 | Stay diligent with your appointments

This may seem obvious, but keeping up with your appointments will extend the life of your Botox results. Make sure you return to your favorite Botox studio every 3-4 months.

3 | Stay out of the sun and use SPF

UVA and UVB rays can have a harmful effect on your skin. Avoid exposure by using a broad-spectrum SPF, wearing a hat, and staying out of the sun. This can significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles… which you just got Botox to prevent.

4 | Incorporate retinoids into your nightly routine

Retinoids are a powerful and proven addition to your skincare routine if you want to minimize fine lines, even skin tone, smooth texture, and decrease acne. The ingredients – tretinoin, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide – complement your treatment, which helps your Botox last longer between appointments.

5 | Avoid lying down or doing vigorous activity after your appointment

Immediately after your wrinkle relaxer treatment, you should avoid lying down for at least 4 hours and don’t exercise heavily for around 12 hours. This can cause the Botox to migrate outside the targeted muscle groups, reducing the effectiveness of your treatment.

While there are many ways to extend the life of your Botox results, we still recommend you create and stick to a consistent treatment schedule. Book your appointment every 3-4 months and follow the tips we suggested above to achieve a more youthful skin complexion that lasts long after you leave our studio.