Tips: 6 Ways To Make Botox & Dermal Fillers Last Longer

By Jennifer Gordon, MD August 31, 2017 28 Comments

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Injectable products like Botox and dermal fillers are a great way to reverse common signs of aging. However, the effects of fillers and neurotoxins, while long-lasting, do eventually wear off as they are naturally degraded by the body.

Depending on the type of injectable used, the positive results of an injectable treatment can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (see our dermal filler guide to compare the average longevity of various types of fillers).

Want to make your Botox or dermal filler treatment last longer? Here are 6 things you can do for maximum length results:

Sun Protection

Did you know that overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can actually reverse the benefits of your injectable treatment? This is why we encourage all filler patients to practice sound sun protection, especially post-treatment. Maintain your results for longer by using a high quality broad-spectrum sunscreen, avoiding the outdoors during peak UV hours, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Skin Care

The benefits of injectables (like many other cosmetic treatments) will last longer for individuals who properly take care of their skin. Patients who moisturize daily and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water will enhance the water-absorption effect of hyaluronic-based fillers, helping treated areas remain plump and wrinkle-free! There are a few products that were designed as an adjunct to toxins and fillers as well. Examples include Skin Better Lines, which helps maintain hyaluronic acid in areas and Revision Revox 7, which helps relax fine muscles to make your toxin last longer.

Eating Right

The food you eat can directly affect both the appearance and health of your skin. In terms of maximizing the results of your filler we encourage patients to stay away from processed and packaged foods, as well as limiting the amount of sugar in your diet. Increased inflammation caused by these foods in your body is translated to your overall skin health.

Extra Zinc

Some studies have shown that Botox efficacy is linked to zinc levels within the body. Also, many individuals tend to have a slight zinc deficiency. Regularly taking a zinc supplement after your Botox treatment may prolong the anti-aging effects.

Stress Less

Stress is a common factor of day-to-day life. Whether stemming from your career, relationship, or finances, stress can negatively affect the body in many ways. In terms of the skin, high stress levels release of cortisol and other hormones which accelerate the aging process and rapidly enhance common unwanted signs of aging. To extend the benefits of your injectable try to reduce unnecessary stress-inducers form your life while incorporating stress relief techniques like meditation or yoga into your day.

Maintenance Treatments

The best way to extend the life of your Botox or filler results is to regularly undergo “maintenance” treatments before your results wear off. Recurrent treatments are especially useful for Botox as they may actually train targeted muscles respond to the neurotoxin for longer periods of time.

Exercise Effects

Unfortunately, people that are avid workout-aholics may go through toxin and filler more quickly. There is no “fix” for this (and please don’t stop being active) but if you take precautions to not squint or scowl while working out (easier said than done) then you might not have as bad of an effect. One easy attempt is to wear hats or sunglasses while outside to avoid the strain of the bright sun.


Jennifer Gordon, MD

Dr. Gordon is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the American Academy of Dermatology, the Dermatology Foundation, the Texas Medical Association and the Travis County Medical Society. Currently, Dr. Gordon oversees our South Austin location.

28 Responses to “Tips: 6 Ways To Make Botox & Dermal Fillers Last Longer”

  1. Tyler says:

    I like that you recommend undergoing maintenance treatments before the full effects of the procedure wear off. It makes sense that professional treatments and touch-ups can make botox last a lot longer because they’d catch any deterioration or problems that are happening earlier rather than later. Thanks for the post; we’ll probably share this with our patients here in Idaho!

  2. David says:

    Your article points out many of the issues us adults have with our skin – I didn’t have acne as a teenager got them later as an adult 🙁 I am from Vancouver BC & tried – they did magic on my skin! Just wanted to put that out there for any other people in Canada who might come across this great article!

  3. Steele says:

    I had no idea that my eating habits can directly influence the life term of botox fillings! I am considering getting botox injections as I am already 50 and have some skin issues. I will make sure to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet so that the fillers will last longer.

  4. Kiel says:

    Great article girl! You point out all the skin problems that many adults facing as of this moment.

  5. Roger says:

    My wife has been deciding whether or not to get dermal fillers and we haven’t known if it’s the right choice for us. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to take care of your skin and drink a lot of water to make sure that you can get the most out of the fillers. We’ll have to start looking around for a professional that can handle these for dermals and we’ll be making sure that she gets enough water.

    • Inoa says:

      Shouldn’t it be your wife’s choice what she does with HER body.

      • Ramona says:

        Inoa, I was thinking the same thing. “We” haven’t decided if it’s the right choice for “us” for my wife to get fillers? Roger, do you “both” decide what she’s going to wear, how her makeup looks, what she eats, etc? I understand consulting your partner when doing something that may alter your looks somewhat, but, at the end of the day, isn’t it her face and her decision whether or not fillers are right for her? Something about that comment was very unsettling.

        • Tatiana says:

          I think you two are just looking for issues – plus someone else’s marriage is none of your business… If the polygamous community van have a tv show the let these strangers manage their marriage as they see fit. Do you want a stranger telling you how to live in your marriage? You are clearly personalizing the post because you admittedly have no idea what the posters life is like….did you consider the poster is a woman (lesbian)? When I got fillers I insisted my husband be involved (much to his dismay). I was in my mid 30’s and we have been together since high school. He’d been hearing about any insecurity for 15+ years. He was also more objective than me – reminding me that an insecurity wasn’t age related but had been there since my teens – which saved us (yes, us) from wasting money on something that wasn’t going to be impacted by fillers. Although I had his blessing to spend the money – I was spending a couple thousand dollars. If he spends that kind of money I would be angry if he didn’t involve me since it is our shared money. Plus if it all goes wrong it’ll be my husband who will be my caregiver and my husband who will fight for me if I am too weak (physically or mentally). If something goes wrong the funds to repair the negative outcome will come from our joint bank account. If I am too depressed or physically injured to leave my bed then my husband will need to take over whatever responsibility I no longer perform. Fillers are a personal choice but in a marriage with good communication…the actual decision to have the medical procedure must be made with your spouse. If partners don’t make potentially life changing decisions together then are they really partners? Being married means you are part of a team.

          Plus – it is advisable, in my opinion, that every filler patient have a proxy who can advocate for them, ask questions they may not think of and help keep them grounded and objective, while reminding them not to feel pressure to do more than they want. Some injectors want to make patients look the way they want vs the way the patient wants.

          By judging such a personal choice you, yourself are guilty of what you are accusing the poster of.

          • Gwinn says:

            I love your post that is exactly what more people need to hear or read .it is so beautifully written .I’m not fortunate enough to have a caring spouse but i grew up seeing my parents live there life like that 55+ years and still to this day anything they do they decide together because they are partners.its nothing to do with being controlled or anything like that. I’ve never commented to anything on the internet but your post is so true and tastefully written. Thank you

      • Sondra says:

        Yes. First of all he didn’t say ” I” haven’t decided. He said we. Which I think shows a beautiful, healthy relationship. I’d rather my husband consider us as a we then a he or me. You 2 are probably not married or are on your 3rd or 4th. That was a rude comment to make when he is shot owing clear concern about his wife’s health. That’s all it was. That’s all it was ladies!!

  6. Bethany says:

    I never took into account that processed foods and high amounts of sugar could make your dermal fillers not last as long. My neighbor is starting to age and is getting saggy cheeks. She’s thinking about getting dermal fillers, so I’ll definitely share this will her, so she knows how to properly care for them.

  7. Juiliana says:

    Thanks for this recently had dermal fillers done and want them to last as long as possible. There are some great points there and the zinc is one I have not heard of before so thanks for that.

  8. Jay says:

    I will make sure to eat zinc rich foods, just like you suggest, I really want to stave off aging as long as I can. I just love looking young.

  9. Elaine says:

    Did not know that the more activity you do the quicker the treatments wear off. Surely this could be counterproductive, you get botox done to look and feel better about yourself then work out to help and it has a detrimental effect on the life of the botox treatment !!

  10. Camille says:

    It’s useful to know beforehand that you should invest in maintenance treatments. I didnt really think of that but now I’ll have to consider it before getting my first filler done.

  11. Brianna says:

    You are right that Botox and dermal fillers are a great way to reverse common signs of aging. And now a days it’s too common question that “how can I make my botox last longer?” Once you start botox injections, In order to maintain your smooth, wrinkle-free complexion you should typically be retreated every six months.

  12. Christiane says:

    It says here that working out effects botox but in another article on this site “7myths about botox” myth 3 says that it does NOT effect it. I am confused?

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Christiane,

      Thanks for reading our posts and good catch on that contradiction. I believe it is true that workout addicts do not necessarily need more Botox for the treatment to be fully effective. However, there is a correlation of physical activity and the length of time Botox stays effective. So more active individuals may need a “maintenance” treatment earlier than non-active people. I’ll work with our physicians to get that changed.

      Thanks again for bringing this to our attention!

      WD Staff

  13. Sam says:

    I was unaware of the fact that many individuals have a slight zinc deficiency. Dermal fillers are a great option for those seeking to improve the overall quality of their skin. If I were to get dermal fillers, I would contact a medical facility in my area that is known for administering the best cosmetic procedures.

  14. Gerty Gift says:

    Thank you for explaining that eating right is really important if you want to keep your fillers looking great. I never thought that this would affect any operations or things I injected into my face. It’s definitely something that I’ll think about and work on after I get the work done.

  15. Dawn says:

    I’m walking proof if you’re a gym rat and do intense cardio, your fillers will not last. They last me maybe 4 weeks. So aggravating.

    • Kam, NP says:

      HI Dawn,
      Just wanted to share, that it could be the type of Hyaluronic acid that was used on you. Some people metabolize certain brands faster than others. What lasts long on one person may not last as long on another. Try a different one and maybe you won’t have the same result. I’m curious to know where you had enhancements and how fast did it metabolize?

  16. Ai Lin says:

    Sleep late will cause filler lost?

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Ai Lin,

      Thanks for reading our post and submitting your question. In general, excess sleep should have no negative effect on Botox. However, you’ll want to sleep with your head elevated for the first couple of days post-treatment. We also recommend sleeping with a skin saving pillow like Save My Face (

      We hope that helps!

      WD Staff

  17. Carol says:

    I do 30 minute aerobic dance Monday to Friday but it releases my stress and releases the feel good endorphins and my body is perfect I also do 10 minute abs 2 or 3 times a week and 10 minute thigh and hips on the alternate days plus s lovely stretch routine as needed. I’m gonna be 59 soon but I look like I’m 41! I’ve had a little Botox on Fine last bed in the forehead but I drink 6 glasses of water and eat healthy and have used sunscreen and exercise for 41 years. I do NOT agree with your statement I’m not a gym rat I simply tweak my body shape I call it maintenance and I look better than most women half my age I know coz 25 and 35 year old guys are always trying to pick me up!! Okay I’ve had my say

  18. Shayla says:

    I never knew that Botox injections could last between six months and two years! My skin is definitely starting to wrinkle and sag a bit, and I’ve started becoming self-conscious about it. I’ll definitely need to consider getting some Botox. Hopefully I can find a great business in my area that can give me a great, long-lasting product!

  19. Skylar says:

    Can facial massages or facial exercises extend the results?

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      Hi Skylar,

      Great questions! We’re not aware of any link between facial massage or facial exercise and Botox or filler result duration. In fact, doing either may actually help the body cannibalize the injectable, leading the results to wear off slight quicker.

      Hope that helps!

      WD Staff

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