Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that we are experiencing, we are concerned because we do not know when we will be able to visit our dermatologist or specialized doctor to apply our dose of Botox and / or reapply the facial fillers that already correspond to us.
Dr. Maribel Pedrozo, a specialist in facial care and known as "The alchemist of beauty", explained to us that we do not have to resign ourselves to passing the results of the botox or facial fillers so quickly and she gave us very good advice for prolong the effect of both.
“Botox normally takes three to five days to take effect, and then it works three to five months until the next treatment is needed. The results of dermal fillers are immediately apparent, with the full effect seen after two weeks. The filling lasts between six and 24 months, depending on the type of filling. However, there are scientific methods to prolong the Botox and the filler at home”, began explaining Dr. Pedrozo.
"Some studies have shown that the effectiveness of botox is linked to zinc levels in the body. Regularly taking a zinc supplement before and after your treatment can prolong the anti-aging effects. Studies have shown that zinc supplements can improve the absorption of neurotoxins and give longer benefits. Taking a zinc supplement during the week prior to the appointment and continuing it for the following week can help.”
- Use sunscreen. "Make sunscreen your best ally", this is the mantra of Dr. Pedrozo. Maintain your results longer by wearing sunscreen, avoiding the outdoors during peak UV hours, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat when you're outdoors. Overexposure to UV rays from the sun can reverse the effects of your injectables. Apply sunscreen even when you are indoors. Remember that UV rays pass through windows and can cause sun damage if you don't use sunscreen, "he explains.
- "Use vitamin A as a supplement and topical. That is, retinol, retinoids, and bakuchiol promote collagen production and can help treat fine lines and wrinkles. Products that contain hyaluronic acid make the skin thicker and can help solve skin texture problems. The filling also mitigates the appearance of fine lines, "he recommends.
- " Silicone patches are a great way to address specific areas of concern such as crow's feet, neck and chest lines. They are designed to be used while you sleep, but if you work from home, you can use them during the day for faster results.”
- Use glycerin products to give your skin that extra boost of hydration, enhancing the effects of fillers.
- Apply antioxidants such as vitamin E and green tea to counteract free radical damage to the skin. Ceramide-rich moisturizers
- "Sera with DBD, plus hyaluronic acid and also peptides including biomimetic peptides, neuropeptides and trace elements."
Regarding the treatments that we can do at home, the specialist recommended home devices to help solve the flaccidity, and micro needles that help her topical products penetrate more deeply.
“I recommend micro needle therapy to my clients as a minimally invasive procedure to help promote collagen production. It involves the use of a device that contains fine needles, which pierce the skin to create controlled skin injury and healing. The slight injury stimulates the growth of collagen, the scaffolding under the skin, which then improves the appearance of some scars and wrinkles. Micro-needle devices for the home won't offer the same benefits, but they can help.”
- " Consider light and laser technologies at home. Although they are not as powerful as lasers that you can apply in a clinic, constant use of low energy can be beneficial."
In terms of maximizing the results of your facial filler, stay away from processed and packaged foods, as well as limiting the amount of sugar in your diet. Increased inflammation caused by these foods in the body can affect overall skin health, "he added.
“As for fillers, some people genetically metabolize their fillers faster than others. Although it is important to exercise and stay healthy, I caution my patients not to exercise too much. Although completely anecdotal, I find that fillers tend not to last as long in my extreme exercise patients.”
“Any type of manipulation or massage of the fillers can theoretically promote early rupture. I do not recommend that my patients who have received facial fillers receive facial massages,”says the expert.
In general, “Fillers tend to last longer in areas where there is less movement. For example, when injected under the eyes or into the temples, I find that fillers can last for years. However, in areas such as the lips, where there is frequent movement, the fillers do not usually have as much longevity”, Pedrozo explains.
"In short, my best recommendation is to take this time to focus on skin health, hydrate, eat healthy, not smoke, relieve stress and use the right products for your skin and lifestyle," concludes the doctor.