Botulinum toxin “freezes” the nerve endings and prevents the muscles from contracting – as a result, there are no creases on the skin, it smoothes out and remains ideal for a long time. At the same time, modern drugs even allow you to maintain facial expressions. This is why Botox injections have remained on the list of the most demanded procedures for so long. But there are questions to them: for example, why does not everyone have Botox “holds” and how often it is still worth pinching it. Below are the errors that shorten the duration of the drug.

Alexander Golovkov

dermatologist, clinic of aesthetic medicine Aging Control

You are taking some medications and have not told the beautician about it

With this you are unlikely to come across in a serious cosmetology clinic. Doctors use only certified drugs that are approved by all specialized associations and are in the drug registry. Before the procedure, the doctor collects an anamnesis, including finding out what medications the patient is taking, what lifestyle he leads, how much time has passed since the last manipulations, and so on.

For example, if you take B vitamins and do not tell your beautician about it, be prepared for the effect of botulinum toxin to end faster. By the way, under any thermal effect (be it laser resurfacing, phototherapy, ultrasonic SMAS lifting), mimic activity returns many times faster, and this is also important to know about. The sequence recommendation is as follows: first, hardware techniques, then Botox injections.

The doctor individually calculates the dosage, marks the injection points. All certified drugs for botulinum therapy have one active ingredient – botulinum toxin type A. So it is impossible to choose the wrong drug (taking into account the fact that you have fallen into experienced and qualified hands).

You are actively involved in sports

Sports (as well as its “antipode” alcohol) affect the effect of the drug, but only minimally. The most important thing is to follow the doctor’s recommendations. For the first 4-6 hours after the procedure, maintain an upright position, limit physical activity and alcohol (limit, do not exclude) for two weeks. It is important to note that these general recommendations are gradually becoming a thing of the past: I observe my patients, they lead a moderately active and social lifestyle, and this does not affect the duration of the effect.

Bath – also please, but not too hard. We always warn the patient that any Botox preparation retains its effect for about 4-6 months, but we do not exclude the individual characteristics of the patient.

Continue as soon as minimum mobility returns

Often, the mobility of facial expressions returns within 1.5 months after the injection, and it seems to you that the drug has resolved. But this is not the case: notice that there are still no creases in the skin. However, many girls run for an extra dose. As a result, by pinching the drug so often, they achieve the opposite effect – when the body no longer reacts to Botox.

“To be honest, I don’t like to finish the minimum number of units. It is better to wait 4-6 months and come for a second procedure, ”comments Alexander Golovkov.

Massage your face regularly

Any skin care procedure can be resorted to even the next day after Botox injections. But be careful with facial massage: myofascial or buccal massage can reduce the effect of botox.


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