One thing about your favorite Middletown, Delaware Medical Spa is that we love giving our clients results that they love. That dermal filler treatment or Botox round that makes you feel like a million bucks—more of that, please!
But there is a common complaint that comes up across the entire aesthetics industry about anti-wrinkle work: why is my treatment not lasting as long anymore? It’s understandable: when you find a favorite treatment that achieves your desired result, it can be frustrating when you don’t get that same result sometimes.
The truth is, these injection treatments won’t create the exact same outcome every time. (For more on this, check out our blog “Why doesn’t my Botox last as long?”) There is a variety of natural reasons for this:
Resistance: After repeated exposure to the ingredients in Botox or Dysport, the body can develop a natural resistance to them. This means a dosage that may have done the trick before may no longer be as effective.
Metabolism: The same way your body is always metabolizing food, it also metabolizes these ingredients. If you have been more physically active than usual, your body may metabolize them faster than usual—or the body can just metabolize them faster for no apparent reason. That’s just how wonderfully complex our bodies are!
- Antibodies: Occasionally, a client’s immune system may develop antibodies in response to these treatments. This is a sign of a healthy body trying to protect itself, though it may be a bit inconvenient for our anti-wrinkle goals.
So what can we do?
Luckily, there are plenty of options for changing up your treatment in order to get those results you love:
Ask your clinician about trying a different manufacturer of anti-wrinkle injections—a different brand may not be metabolized as quickly or may not cause an antibody response in your body.
- Ask your clinician if you should consider taking oral zinc supplements. Studies have shown that zinc supplements may increase the duration of anti-wrinkle treatments.
- Take a “tox holiday” (doesn’t that sound relaxing?). After six months of no injections, you’ll start your regimen again and hopefully see results you’re more used to.
- There are anti-wrinkle options that involve no longer injecting, in which you can work with your clinician to customize to your goals.