How to make cosmetic treatments such as lip fillers and botox last longer

Here’s what to do when your beauticians aren’t taking appointments for lip fillers, facial fillers, or botox right now — as much as you wish they were.

While there’s no complete substitute for the instant plumping and smoothing effects of certain injections.

Still, there are some lifestyle and product choices that can make the most of your last filler and Botox appointment until you can visit a qualified injector again.

Maybe it’s not possible to specifically affect the duration of these injectables, per se, but everything you do to keep your skin healthy and minimize skin aging will all help to prolong the effects.

We share the ingredients, products, at-home treatments, and activities we can do from home to make cosmetic treatments last longer.

Facial Filler

Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last from six to 12 months, although the exact location of the filler can increase or decrease the duration.

The same filler may last almost double the amount of time if it’s injected in the undereye area, as opposed to the smile lines.

While there’s no one-and-done way to make your facial filler last longer, here are few tips to help.

Make some (small) lifestyle changes.

Since facial filler is often intended to plump fine lines, you can do following that can stop wrinkles from deepening in the first place.

Daily activities like squinting and frowning put extra strain on your facial muscles.

Do your best to wear your sunglasses outdoors and prescription lenses when reading, which can alleviate squinting.

Try to minimize stress, which always comes out on your face in the form of scowling and can put the facial muscles into overdrive.

Keep up your skin-care routine.

Skin-barrier disruption and inflammation, whether it comes from over-scrubbing, dryness, or even free-radical damage, may shorten the duration of fillers.

To combat that disruption, try keeping up a simple skin-care routine of a gentle cleanser, antioxidant serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Use plumping products.

As you’re curating that skin-care routine, look for products that stimulate collagen and plump the skin.

No topical product will have the instant results of a hyaluronic acid injection, but they can still help in a pinch while we don’t have access to injectors.

Eye masks are particularly useful for sensitive skin around the eyes and crow’s feet.

Lip Filler

The effects of lip filler generally last from six to 12 months.

Your particular duration will vary from person to person and depend on the exact type of filler your injector used.

Even with those variables, there are a few steps anyone can take to help keep lips plump for longer.


Drink water.

Most lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, and hyaluronic acid binds water.

This property will vary a bit depending on the exact filler, but in general, one way to enhance the effect of the filler is to stay well-hydrated.

If there’s more water to bind to the hyaluronic acid, the result is even plumper lips.

Look out for emollients and avoid drying ingredients.

We always recommend closely reading your ingredient list, but now is the time to break out your magnifying glass and read the fine print.

Try using a lip balm that contains occlusive emollients like beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter.

These ingredients create a physical barrier to prevent moisture loss.

In addition, the ingredient list should include humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which attract moisture. Humectants attract moisture, and the occlusives keep it from evaporating.

In contrast, try avoiding lip balms with menthol, camphor, and phenol on the ingredient list.

They are initially cooling and soothing but they evaporate quickly and you will need to reapply if you aren’t using a good emollient.

Invest in a topical lip plumper.

As filler starts to fade, a topical lip plumper can help get back some volume.

There are two types of plumpers: Some that contain moisturizing ingredients to increase hydration and thus plump the lips,

and others that contain intentional irritants like cinnamon oil or peppermint oil to cause temporary swelling for that fuller look.

A topical lip-plumping effect won’t last nearly as long as your injected filler, but at least it can help until you can get back in the dermatologist’s chair.


Is there any way to prolong Botox past its three-to-four month duration?

Unfortunately “No, not really.” Here, too, the simple fact stands that no product has the instant gratification of neurotoxin injections. But while stuck at home, there are a few solutions that can help.

Try to reduce tension in the face.

Similar to the advice for facial fillers, try to focus on relaxing and meditation.

Practice facial expressions in the mirror to help reduce unwanted dynamic lines.

If you have more time on your hands than usual, maybe now is a good moment to break out the magnifying mirror and do some facial exercises.

Add topical hyaluronic acid products to your skin-care routine.

These can help the appearance of skin and integrity of skin texture.

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