Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments. It’s used to reduce wrinkles by blocking nerve impulses to muscles that cause lines and wrinkles on the skin. It can also be used to treat muscle spasms or pain, but what if Botox stopped working? What do you do when Botox stops working?
First, make sure you’ve been getting Botox from a qualified and experienced doctor. A good doctor should be able to answer any questions you may have about how long you can expect your results to last. The average amount of time between treatments is typically 3-4 months. However, if you feel like you’re not getting the expected results, speak up to your doctor.
All good things must come to an end. Once your body adjusts to Botox, it has a harder time keeping nerve activity in the muscles down. It’s hard to say how long it will take for this adjustment to occur; each person is different. But when it does happen, don’t worry!
Making Botox Last Longer
First, talk with your doctor about prolonging the effect of Botox injections. The typical dose lasts anywhere from 3-4 months but can be increased by 50% or doubled with physician supervision if necessary.
Second, use muscular resistance exercises to keep muscles strong and prevent sagging. This can help keep lines and wrinkles at bay for longer.
Third, use hyaluronic acid-based moisturizers to hydrate the face and revive collagen production as Botox wears off.
Finally, as with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important not to abuse your treatments by receiving them too frequently or using heavy products before or after getting injections.
Things to Consider When Botox Stops Working
Try looking at what kind of products or activities might be causing the Botox to stop working as well as it should. For example, the heat from saunas and hot tubs can cause the effects of Botox to wear off more quickly than normal.
Sun exposure is another culprit because it causes collagen in the skin to break down which reduces its ability to keep wrinkles and lines away for so long- which means less effective Botox treatments overall. You should also try not to take any supplements or medications that list ‘botanical’ ingredients, because they’ve been known to interfere with Botox treatments.
Also avoid homeopathic remedies and creams like BenzaClin (clindamycin 1%/benzoyl peroxide 5%), which could cause the toxin to become less effective. Finally, if you’re getting Botox injected into your forehead, make sure you don’t mess with it at all for about 24-48 hours after treatment, otherwise it could spread out of place and look unnatural.
What if That Doesn’t Work?
Once you’ve done everything possible to prolong the effects of Botox and it’s still not working, don’t despair! It doesn’t mean your skin is irrevocably damaged. There are other ways to improve wrinkles and fine lines without having to inject another toxin into the body.
If you’re interested in non-surgical anti-aging treatments that will help reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles permanently, ask your doctor about chemical peels, dermal fillers like Voluma XC (hyaluronic acid), laser resurfacing procedures including Fraxel re:store (Fractionated CO2 Laser), microdermabrasion (Diamond Tip) or photofacials (IPL).
These non-invasive rejuvenation treatments are safe, quick and effective. And if you do decide to get another injection of Botox, talk to your doctor about getting it injected into another area that might look more natural than the areas where you’ve been getting injections.
So what do I do when Botox stops working? When Botox stops working there are several things people often try before returning to their doctor or pursuing other options. First make sure you use a qualified doctor who can answer any questions you have about how often you should be getting Botox. Second, try to avoid anything that might interfere with your treatments. Third, if you have any questions about Botox or how it works, see a doctor for more information!
If you’re sick of dealing with Botox that doesn’t work as well as it should, make an appointment to see a doctor. They will be able to answer any questions you have and even provide free consultations where they can tell you how long your results should last- which could end up saving you a lot of money in the long run!
Doctors often recommend patients get their Botox injection every three to four months, depending on your skin type and desired treatment. If you’re going for a simpler look, however, it can last up to six months!
If you’re not quite ready to commit, but still want anti-aging effects without investing in an expensive consultation or paying for a series of injections that may not even work for you there are a few things you can do. There is no scientific research behind any of these home remedies- they’ve simply been passed around from person to person so we can’t guarantee they’ll really work – but if you find something that does the trick feel free send us an email and let us know so other people will benefit! Here’s what we’ve heard:
- Ice the area you’re treating (for five to ten minutes)
- Use a facial spray with collagen on it
- Rub an ice cube or slice of cucumber over your skin until it is slightly pink, then cover for five to ten minutes, and repeat three times a day
- Mix together one egg yolk and one teaspoon olive oil and gently rub into the skin until fully absorbed
- Make a paste of one tablespoon honey mixed with half tablespoon of instant oatmeal and apply it to your skin before covering with a warm wet towel for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and dry gently with a clean towel.
Either way, we’ll let you know if we come across any other tips or tricks that might help prolong the effects of your Botox, so be sure to keep an eye on our blog!