Tips to Maintain Botox and Filler Results During Quarantine
The idea of skipping Botox or filler appointments due to COVID-19 and missing out on the anti-aging benefits can be disconcerting. Injectables degrade slowly and subtly — it’s not as if you will wake up one morning looking completely different. Nevertheless, you may wonder how to prolong the life of your Botox and filler results when you can’t schedule an appointment.
Even as offices reopen for elective procedures, perhaps your personal circumstances have changed due to coronavirus, making it harder to attend your regularly scheduled appointments.
Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Byun hears your concerns and has some wisdom to share. Read on as he reveals his best tips to maintain your anti-aging results if your treatments have been temporarily put on hold.
Keep Up Your Skin Care Routine
Being vigilant about using quality skin care products can help to extend the life of your Botox and fillers. Your routine does not have to be complicated: a good cleanser, moisturizer and serum will suffice. Moisturizers or serums with hyaluronic acid are particularly good at locking in hydration to keep your skin looking hydrated, plump and dewy. Retinol products are also helpful for cell turnover to improve the quality of your skin.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
Overexposure to the sun is one of the leading causes of wrinkles. Sun exposure breaks down collagen, which is what makes skin look youthful and plump; it also robs skin of elasticity. While you might be spending increased amounts of time outdoors enjoying the fresh air, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This is important even on cloudy or overcast days. And don’t forget to protect the delicate skin on your neck and hands!
Manage Sources of Stress
Repeatedly frowning or squinting can activate the very muscles that Botox injections relax, resulting in more visible wrinkles. Although it is easy to feel stressed or worried in the current climate, do your best to manage sources of stress through yoga, meditation, exercise or deep breathing exercises.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Your eating habits have an effect on the appearance and health of your skin. Fuel your body with healthy foods, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, sources of lean protein and whole grains. Stay away from packaged or processed foods, and foods that are very high in sugar or refined carbohydrates.
Keep In Touch
To get a treatment plan in place once the quarantine has lifted or your personal circumstances change, contact our Chicago office. We look forward to serving you after the coronavirus crisis passes!