Botox and Retin-A?

My frown lines (the 11s) were very bad a few months ago, but since recently starting Retin-A .1% (applying a good dab on these 11s nightly), I started noticing a big improvement with these lines. They’re softening up greatly, although not quite completely gone. Question: When I do get Botox in the glabella area, can I continue using Retin-A as my nightly regime? I’d like to continue my successful skincare maintenance. Please advise. Also, will using Retin-A the night before Botox affect the injection?

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Botox and Retin-A?

 Botox affects the underlying muscle while Retin A has a more superficial affect within the dermis of the skin.  There's no issue using both to reduce the unwanted lines and wrinkles.

Botox and Retin-A?

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 Botox affects the underlying muscle while Retin A has a more superficial affect within the dermis of the skin.  There's no issue using both to reduce the unwanted lines and wrinkles.

Using Retin A and Botox for the 11s

Using retin A and Botox is not a contraindication. So, you can still use your nightly regime of retin A and get your Botox.

Using Retin A and Botox for the 11s

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Using retin A and Botox is not a contraindication. So, you can still use your nightly regime of retin A and get your Botox.

Retin A and Botox

It sounds like you have come up with a great combination to care for your facial skin.  Botox helps wrinkles from the inside out and Retin A helps from the outside in.  Keep up the good work and I wouldn't worry about using the Retin A the night before or after your Botox nor would I worry about skipping a few days of the Retin A.  Run it by the doctor or nurse who is injecting you and follow their instructions. 

Retin A and Botox

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It sounds like you have come up with a great combination to care for your facial skin.  Botox helps wrinkles from the inside out and Retin A helps from the outside in.  Keep up the good work and I wouldn't worry about using the Retin A the night before or after your Botox nor would I worry about skipping a few days of the Retin A.  Run it by the doctor or nurse who is injecting you and follow their instructions. 

Botox® & Retin-A

By using the Retin-A, you are building collagen to stiffen the skin support and reduce the lines between your eyes. You should definitely continue this. Botox® helps by reducing the muscle forces that caused the lines in the first place. It is, therefore, an excellent idea to further improve the area. Botox® and Retin-A have no cross reaction and there is no need to stop the Retin-A in order to get the Botox®. Most of my patients who have Botox® are on Retin-A and I have never seen a reaction. The Retin-A does one other thing. It reduces the skin's outer dead cell layer and makes it easier to absorb topical anesthetic, thus making the Botox® administration more comfortable.

 

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
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Botox® & Retin-A

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By using the Retin-A, you are building collagen to stiffen the skin support and reduce the lines between your eyes. You should definitely continue this. Botox® helps by reducing the muscle forces that caused the lines in the first place. It is, therefore, an excellent idea to further improve the area. Botox® and Retin-A have no cross reaction and there is no need to stop the Retin-A in order to get the Botox®. Most of my patients who have Botox® are on Retin-A and I have never seen a reaction. The Retin-A does one other thing. It reduces the skin's outer dead cell layer and makes it easier to absorb topical anesthetic, thus making the Botox® administration more comfortable.

 

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Botox and topical treatments

It's perfectly fine to continue with your Retin-A at night prior to cosmetic Botox injections, and after. Botox is injected into the musculature that contributes to the "eleven's" and your topical treatment wouln't interfere.

Botox and topical treatments

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It's perfectly fine to continue with your Retin-A at night prior to cosmetic Botox injections, and after. Botox is injected into the musculature that contributes to the "eleven's" and your topical treatment wouln't interfere.

Retin A and BOTOX

Retin A and Botox alone are great anti-aging treatments.  The two combined just compliment one another.  Botox is injected into the muscle and Retin A is a topical prescription.  The ony reason I would avoid Retin A the day of procedure is from a sensitivity standpoint.  Most of my patients do not stop their Retin A the day of procedure and do just fine.

Retin A and BOTOX

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Retin A and Botox alone are great anti-aging treatments.  The two combined just compliment one another.  Botox is injected into the muscle and Retin A is a topical prescription.  The ony reason I would avoid Retin A the day of procedure is from a sensitivity standpoint.  Most of my patients do not stop their Retin A the day of procedure and do just fine.

Botox and Retin-A?

Thank you for your question. You can definitely continue with your Retin-A after your Botox. Botox will help relax your 11s. I would avoid using Retin-A on the site few days before the Botox treatment to prevent any skin irritation. I would recommend daily use of SPF 30 with zinc especially when using Retin-A, which is a photosensitive medication. I hope this helps.

Botox and Retin-A?

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Thank you for your question. You can definitely continue with your Retin-A after your Botox. Botox will help relax your 11s. I would avoid using Retin-A on the site few days before the Botox treatment to prevent any skin irritation. I would recommend daily use of SPF 30 with zinc especially when using Retin-A, which is a photosensitive medication. I hope this helps.

Using Botox and Retin-A togehter

There should be no  problem of using  Botox and Retin-A together as each works differently and should have no effect on each other.

Using Botox and Retin-A togehter

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There should be no  problem of using  Botox and Retin-A together as each works differently and should have no effect on each other.

Botox and Retin-A

Botox is injected into the muscle. Retin-A is topical and affects upper skin layers only. You should avoid using the Retin-A the night after your procedure just due to sensitivity but those two products work at different levels, and complement one another. 

Botox and Retin-A

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Botox is injected into the muscle. Retin-A is topical and affects upper skin layers only. You should avoid using the Retin-A the night after your procedure just due to sensitivity but those two products work at different levels, and complement one another. 

Botox and Retin A

Botox and Retin A compliment each other. You can continue your skin care regime, but take a night off when you get your Botox injection.

Todd Ginestra, MD (in memoriam)
Clermont Plastic Surgeon
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Botox and Retin A

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Botox and Retin A compliment each other. You can continue your skin care regime, but take a night off when you get your Botox injection.

Todd Ginestra, MD (in memoriam)
Clermont Plastic Surgeon

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