Do you get a face cream with Botox? Is there an aftercare treatment that I should use to keep the wrinkles from returning?
Best Face Cream After Botox?
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Botox face cream - Nope and yes
There are not face creams with Botox, but there are many out there that claim to be as effective as Botox.
After your Botox treatment the best way to protect your investment is by avoiding sun damage, wearing sun block, and using a good facial cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliant.
Face cream after Botox
Botox reduces the muscle activity that creases the skin (breaking collagen) causing wrinkles. While Botox is working, your skin gradually replaces the collagen - thus, no wrinkles. Your skin will be more resistant to wrinkling and will repair the broken collagen faster if it is in good condition. I recommend the following:
1. No smoking
3. Retinoids (Retin-A, Retinol, Vitamin A) topically
4. Alphahydroxy acid (Glycolic acid) topically
5. Vitamin C topically
These will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but you will probably have to have re-treatment of Botox, but not as frequently.
Making your BOTOX last longer
Botulinum Toxin A (BOTOX) works by blocking the transmission of nerve signals to the muscle. The effect is generally limited to the muscles into which it is injected. This mechanism effectively causes a partial to full paralysis of the muscle. Return of this function comes when the connections between the nerve and the muscle regenerate new receptors. This process takes three to four months in most people, but can vary. So, your BOTOX injections can last longer or shorter than your friends.
Although there is no particular cream dispensed or recommended with BOTOX, Allergan (the makers of BOTOX) do distribute a topical skin treatment called Prevage MD.
Generally, it is wise to take care of your skin by keeping your body well hydrated, eating well, not smoking, not tanning, and using sunblock and moisturizer regularly.
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Face cream after Botox
There is no particular cream that would make the Botox results last longer, however, there are things you can do to make your skin more youthful. Sunscreen and sun avoidance are probably the most important. They prevent new wrinkles from forming and protect from sun damage. Proper nutrition, rest and exercise are excellent for the skin as well.
In addition, creams containing retinoids or retinols (the over-the-counter relatives of retinoids) will help with increasing skin cell turnover and collagen production when used long-term, helping with fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox and Topical creams: What moisturizing creams should I use with Botox
Botox is effective for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. There are several creams that are prescription based that can work effectively alongside Botox injections to increase collagen content and increase skin resiliency.
Our office has an effective protocol pre and post Botox to eliminate static wrinkles and decrease the long term need for Botox.
Contact a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is knowledgeable about skin stimulatory creams and its effects on skin vitality.
There are no creams that work like Botox does. Botox is...
There are no creams that work like Botox does.
Botox is a protein that relaxes the muscle that causes wrinkling by blocking the communication between the nerve and the muscle. Effectively, the nerve temporarily can't tell the muscle to contract.
There is no substitute for Botox injections. Creams cannot get into the muscle, which is where the product needs to be in order to have any effect.