Several cosmetic procedures can be done to improve your forehead appearance. Botox is one of the best cosmetic procedures that can enhance appearance. In this article, we shall discuss factors affecting Botox longevity, the benefits of using the anti-wrinkle treatment, and how long Botox can last in the forehead after injection.
The appearance of lines, folds and wrinkles on the forehead does not happen simultaneously for all humans. This is because clients age differently. Wrinkles are caused by a reduction in collagen production. Collagen is a gel-like substance that holds the skin and its layers together, giving the surface a smooth appearance. Collagen works together with elastin, which enables the skin to snap back after being moved or stretched, and hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to our skin. When the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid declines, wrinkles start to appear. Botox is one of the most effective cosmetic injections that eliminate these appearances on the forehead.
What is Botox? How Long Does It Last?
Botox is a neuromodulator that contains a protein called botulinum toxin. According to Bhat,Janiani&Trasad (2018), botulinum toxin blocks communication between nerve endings and the muscle causing forehead lines, making the lines and wrinkles to smoothen. However, the anti-wrinkle treatment results are temporary. The body continues to produce neurotransmitters. Therefore,botulinum toxin treatment will eventually wear off. You will start seeing results 1-2 days after the injection. At this time, your muscles will slowly begin to relax and the skin will smoothen. This will continue for 7-10 days when you will see nearly full results. The anti-wrinkle treatment done on the forehead lasts 3-6 months. Below, we discuss factors that affect the longevity of Botox and how to make Botox last longer on the forehead area.
Factors Affecting Botox Longevity
The longevity of botulinum toxin treatment can be affected by various factors, including;
The anti-wrinkle treatment done on the forehead would fade away faster if you get stressed. Cortisol hormones can be inhibited, which can affect the toxins, disintegrating them.
When a small dosage is injected, the effect would last a short time, and vice versa. Your cosmetic doctor should be careful while deciding the amount to inject because a higher dosage might result in overcorrection, which may not give a great appearance.
Your Level of Exercise
Too much exercise may cause constraints on the forehead muscles causing the Botox injected to wear off faster. Also, over-exercising can impact the metabolism rate, minimizing the longevity of botulinum toxin treatments.
Frequency of Injection
The longevity of the anti-wrinkle treatment resultsis dependent on how frequent you get other injections to maintain the initial procedure. Patients who get injections every 2-3 months before the previous result retain the result for as long as one year.
Managing your facial expressions would greatly affect the longevity of Botox injected. You should minimize raising your eyebrows during communication.
Your Forehead Lines
The size and depth of your forehead lines affect how long Botox will last. Shallow lines may be suppressed longer than deeper lines.
Tolerance to the Product
If a patient uses the anti-wrinkle treatment frequently, the chances of the body developing tolerance are high. This means that subsequent injections may last a short time until all the injections stop working. At this stage, it is important to change the ingredient used.
Tips to Increase Longevity of Botox
Avoid Extreme Exposure to the Sun
Botulinum toxin treatments do not reduce lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage effectively. Small (2014) stated that the aesthetic procedure is more effective on lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movements. Sun damage causes an inflammatory response within cells that can break down Botox, reducing how long it lasts in the forehead area.
Lower Your Stress Level
According to Navarro (2018), stress causes tension in muscles. This would result in the muscles developing some resistance to the Botox effect. Stress also causes cellular damage in the body. Cortisol hormones cause an inflammatory response within the body. If stress levels are high, the body will break down Botox faster and the ageing process will happen more quickly. You should participate in stress-relieving activities like meditation to give the injected toxin a longer lifespan and lower the body’s ageing process.
Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturizers containing collagen and hyaluronic acid would reduce how quickly the body breaks down Botox injected into your forehead within your facial muscles. Use moisturizer to make your skin look healthy and smooth.
Avoid Smoking After Botox Injection
According to Amina Hobson & Arndt (2020), taking narcotic substances through smoking or vaping would break down collagen, damaging the skin cells and the effectiveness of the anti-wrinkle injections. Smoking can also lead to formation of wrinkles and lines around your mouth and eyes.
Take Supplements That Contains Zinc
Research shows that taking 50mgs of zinc supplements after injection can make Botox last longer.
Minimize Vigorous Exercises after Injection
Vigorous exercises increase the rate of metabolism in the body. This can make the body break down Botox faster and its effect would only last for a short time. It is better to increase your level of exercise gradually after receiving injections.
Benefits of Botox Injections on the Forehead
Enhancing Facial Beauty
This is achieved by its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead after injection.
The Procedure Is Fast and Non-Invasive
The procedure requires a qualified cosmetic doctor to inject Botox into your forehead using a needle. This procedure takes a very short time, approximately 15 to 30 min, unlike surgery which takes more than an hour.
Botox Provides Long-Lasting Results
The result is not permanent. It can last for at least three months, but you can prolong it by receiving other injections.
Frequently Asked Questions about Botox
Does Forehead Botox Injection Hurt?
Botox procedure is quick and is not considered painful. Some patients feel a small discomfort that disappears as soon as the cosmetic doctor finishes the injection. You should not be worried if you intend to have Botox treatment on your forehead.
At what Age Should I Start Getting Botox?
Botox injections are done on people who show signs of ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles on their forehead. It is best to consult your cosmetic doctor for him to determine whether you can get the injection.
Because the facial area is what people first notice when they first meet you, it is important to make it look good. Using Botox can improve your facial appearance on your forehead area, but you must be keen while choosing your injector. Make sure you use a qualified cosmetic doctor to administer the injections. Doing this will prevent Botox side effects that may result from bad injection techniques and avoid chances of overcorrection that may alter the expected outcome. Make sure you book an appointment with the doctor before injection so that he can tell you more about the procedure and tips that you should follow to achieve the intended result.
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