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5 Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Wrinkle Relaxers

OK, so you’ve had a neuromodulator treatment. Now you might be wondering: Is there a way to make wrinkle-relaxing injections last longer? Our St. Louis-based injectors at West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University know that patients want to get the most out of treatments like Daxxify and BOTOX®.

While BOTOX® has a lifespan of three to four months and Daxxify lasts even longer—for an average duration of six months—both treatment options provide temporary results, with the effects eventually wearing off.

To ensure the best results possible from your neuromodulator treatment, it’s best to follow our aftercare instructions and maintain a healthy skincare regimen. Skincare is an essential part of maintaining well-functioning and youthful-looking skin, and it can also help prolong the effects of neuromodulators.

Here are some tips that can help you to increase the duration of these injections.

Wear Sunscreen

Sun damage is one of the leading causes of premature aging, and it can also break down the proteins in neuromodulators, which can reduce their effectiveness. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can help protect your skin from UV damage and extend the lifespan of your treatment.

Use Gentle Skincare Products

Some skincare products can be harsh and irritating to the skin, which can reduce the effectiveness of neuromodulators. To avoid this, use gentle skincare products that are specifically formulated for your skin type and do not contain any harsh ingredients.

Limit Smoking and Alcohol

Reducing smoking and drinking can keep your injectables lasting for a longer time. The repetitive motion of pursing your lips and the toxins found in cigarettes, cigars, and other nicotine products can cause wrinkles to develop at a faster rate.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Touching your face shortly after a treatment session can cause the neuromodulator to spread to unintended areas and potentially reduce its effectiveness. To avoid this, try not to touch your face or place too much pressure on it after your injections.


Keeping your skin hydrated can help it to maintain a plump, youthful appearance. Use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type and apply it twice daily to keep your skin looking its best.

Are there other ways to make wrinkle injections last longer? Call our St. Louis-based West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University team at (314) 996-8800 or fill out a contact form to find out more about how neuromodulators can give you a softer, refreshed appearance—and what to do to maximize their results.