There is a solution for aging skin, one that will treat the signs of aging on your face that have developed due to repetitive expressions over time. At New You Medical in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, we have that solution, and it’s called Botox. This cosmetic injectable delivers long-lasting wrinkle-free results that will help you look and feel your best for months at a time.
How Long Does Botox Last?
When you choose Botox to fight the signs of aging on your skin, you can expect your results to last anywhere from three to six months, based on how quickly your body metabolizes the ingredients in the injectable. However, on average, results last for about four months.
Different factors can affect your results, including stress, exercise, and an unhealthy lifestyle. When you focus on reducing stress and living a healthy lifestyle, you can expect the longest-lasting results.
The Link Between Botox and Stress
More studies are finding that increased stress in the body is negatively affecting patients’ Botox results. Cosmetic injectables and stress are like oil and water. When cortisol levels increase, your body metabolizes the ingredients in this injectable must faster than it would were you to maintain a balanced life. One of the simplest ways to prolong your results once you get injected with this anti-aging medicine is to reduce the total amount of stress in your life.
Even worse, when your body has high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, it eats away at your results which will cause your wrinkles to return that much quicker. While you cannot avoid stress altogether, you can manage it and minimize it so that you can look and feel your best. With just a few lifestyle changes, you can help your wrinkle-free skin last as long as possible, and you’ll achieve a more balanced life in the process.
How To Reduce Your Stress Levels To Prolong Your Botox Results
Get Adequate Exercise
When you are trying to reduce the total amount of stress in your life and maintain your injection results, one of the best ways to fight those stress-producing hormones is by exercising. Exercise releases endorphins, which promote relaxation and those feel-good emotions in the brain.
Regular exercise is good for both your mental, physical, and emotional health. However, moderate exercise is key when it comes to prolonging your injectable results because over-exercising actually causes your body to metabolize this injectable faster since it releases excess cortisol into your bloodstream.
Finding Your Niche
Some people love to exercise; others hate it. However, you don’t have to have a love/hate relationship with exercise. There is a way to find your niche so that you can get the exercise you need and enjoy it. For some, intense, strenuous workouts help reduce stress. Whether it’s heavy lifting, challenging bodyweight workouts, or interval sprints, and intense cardio, some people love to drip with sweat.
For others, just the thought of that kind of workout makes them feel more stressed. These same people would rather release stress through more gentle workouts that emphasize the mind/body connection, like yoga, pilates, or other workouts incorporating some degree of meditation. Wherever you land, there is an exercise routine that’s right for you, you just need to determine what that is.
Experiment With Different Exercises
No one set type of exercise is the right exercise to help promote mental health and balance and reduce stress levels. Everyone has a different personality and a different need when it comes to physical activity and stress relief. If you are just beginning a regular exercise routine and don’t know what you should incorporate into your daily activity plan, experiment with different exercises.
You will feel a difference in your mental and emotional state once you begin adding regular movement to your day; you just need to find out what kind of movement promotes that mental stability and balance that you need. When you balance your body with moderate, stress-relieving exercise, you will promote healthier skin, and your Botox results won’t melt away as quickly as they would if you maintained that stressful state.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Many people don’t connect their diet with their stress levels or the state of their skin, but the foods you eat each day all contribute to your mental and emotional state and your skin condition in more ways than you may realize. When you are stressed, you cannot always make the right choice when it comes to your diet because your hormones are unbalanced due to excess cortisol.
Most people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, or other life stressors reach for comfort foods, which are typically high in sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats. When you choose the foods that strengthen your immune system, you will fortify your body so that it can better manage stressors in your life. You’ll notice that your skin looks better, and not only will your Botox results last longer, but they will look better on healthier skin.
Focusing on Anti-Inflammatory Foods
The foods that promote an anti-stress response in the body are anti-inflammatory in nature. They can help decrease cortisol levels, promote a better mood, and lower blood pressure. They help calm and balance the body so that you can maintain stability physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some anti-stress foods include:
- Healthy complex carbohydrates (whole grains, vegetables, low-sugar fruits)
- Vitamins and natural supplements (magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin C, fish oil)
- Healthy fats (nuts, seeds, fatty fish like salmon, etc.)
These foods will also make your skin look and feel healthier. You’ll get a natural glow and create the perfect, healthy canvas on which to display the results of cosmetic injectables. When you combine cosmetic injectables with a healthy complexion, you get some amazing results.
Choosing Healthy Comfort Foods
Regardless of how well you eat and how regularly you exercise, life will always throw some kind of stressful event or situation your way when you least expect it. For those times, you need a plan so that you don’t sabotage your diet and increase cortisol levels even more and burn away your Botox. For every unhealthy food that you crave when dealing with stressors, there is a healthy alternative.
Reach for high-quality dark chocolate or small portions of sweets sweetened with natural sugars. Search for healthy alternatives to your favorite comfort foods that have natural, whole ingredients, not artificial flavors, chemicals, or preservatives.
Add Herbs to Your Diet
Chinese Medicine is has helped many different people achieve balance and stability in the midst of stressful life situations. Seeking out a Chinese Medicine doctor can help you relieve stress naturally, whether that’s through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or both.
If you don’t have access to such a practice, you can add herbs to your everyday diet by drinking tea each day. Both of these things can help your skin stay calm and free of inflammation and prolong your injectable results.
Choose the Right Teas
Many different teas help fight stress and improve the skin, including the popular chamomile tea. Other powerful herbs that you consume through different teas to reduce stress include:
- Lemon balm
- Valerian root
- Green tea
Consider Hormone Regulating Foods
Another way to help fight the effect of life stressors on your body is by following a hormone-balancing diet. There are many different resources that list the foods that can help balance your body, balance your hormones, improve your skin, and decrease your body’s cortisol output.
Relax With Self-Care
Self-care looks different for everyone, but one thing remains the same: self-care helps decrease stress levels. For some, self-care is a cosmetic injectable appointment or a massage; for others, it’s shopping, an exercise class, or a pedicure. Whether a night out with friends or a camping trip is what helps reduce your stress levels, make sure that you take out time from your schedule to engage in those things that help you rest, relax, and breathe.
Invest in Yourself
Some individuals feel as though self-care activities are selfish, especially ones that improve their appearance like cosmetic injectables. As a result, they just deal with the stresses of life without ever scheduling time for themselves. However, self-care is important because, in the end, it makes you a better person. When you are stressed, you are on edge, irritable, or overly emotional.
See the Benefits
When you are relaxed, you are a better version of yourself, and your personal and professional relationship can thrive. Knowing that your mental, emotional, and physical state affects your work life and your personal life should motivate you to take the necessary steps to achieve balance so that you don’t feel like you’re constantly drowning in the demands of life.
When you add injectables into your beauty routine, you will be investing in yourself and your appearance so you can feel more confident and be the best version of yourself.
Another important part of effectively dealing with life stressors is having someone in your life who can hold you accountable. If you are a workaholic or you just put the needs of others before your own, chances are, a stressful situation will get the best of you, and it will be hard for you to take the necessary steps to achieve and maintain balance through diet, exercise, lifestyle, and self-care appointments.
Find someone who can push you to take care of yourself and schedule the cosmetic treatments that make you look and feel better, even when everything in you tells yourself that there’s no time for you. An accountability partner will help push you in the right direction and take the time you need to maintain equilibrium in both your personal and professional life.
Lifestyle Habits That Will Prolong Your Results
Aside from reducing stressors in your life to maintain balance to keep your body from burning through this cosmetic injectable as quickly as possible, you can also add other healthy habits that will help your results last as long as possible.
Hydrated skin makes all of the difference when it comes to the quality of your skin and how good your results look post-treatment. Dehydrated skin makes lines and wrinkles more prominent. Hydrated skin is supple and soft, and when you keep your skin hydrated post-treatment, you can help your results look better and last longer.
Take a Zinc
Many studies have shown a positive correlation between the longevity of Botox results and adequate amounts of zinc. In these studies, participants deficient in zinc did not experience injectable results for as long as those with adequate amounts in their bodies.
Zinc is inexpensive and is widely available at online retailers and grocery stores. As a bonus, taking it daily can help promote immunity, which will also help your body fight off stress, which will help prolong your results as well.
Add This Injectable to Your Beauty Routine
If you want to add this injectable into your beauty routine, we can help. Your focus on reducing stress and getting the healthiest skin possible and our ability to administer this cosmetic injectable to help you reach your goals make a powerful combination. You’ll get wrinkle-free skin and a glow that will have everyone wondering what your secret is. Contact us today at New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and schedule your initial consultation.