Maintaining your injection results definitely requires an investment on your part, of both time and money.
For those looking for the easiest way to maximize their results, the solution is not the most intuitive…
In order to get the most longevity and keep cost-per-treatment down for your cosmetic-injection results, all you have to do is never let yourself get back to base-line.
The idea is that if your results never fully wear off, you will never need as much product to get you back to where you want to be. Yes, this means more frequent visits, but the treatment times should be shorter, and your cost per treatment will be less. (Bonus: More visits means more opportunities to earn reward points!)
So for example:
Let’s say that the first time you get your lips injected, you decide that you require 2x vials of Volbella to make your lips just the way you want them.
Instead of waiting until the product has completely worn away in 9-12 months (resulting in another 2x vials needed at once), come back at 3-6 month intervals for 1-vial touch-ups to keep you at your preferred Volbella/lip homeostasis. (Proceeding this way also helps to minimize any potential downtime for you. In this hypothetical situation, your lips will heal from any swelling much faster with one-vial versus how they initially responded with two-vials.)
It’s easier to process this concept if you think of your injection-product like being a piece of ice. If your lip-filler is akin to an ice-cube, the longer you have it, the more it melts and disperses. The smaller it gets, the faster it ultimately dissipates. By incrementally adding more and bulking that piece of “ice” back up, you’ll slow down the “melting” process, and prolong the effect of 2x vials — with just one vial.
Same thing with Botox.
If you regularly need 45-units of Botox (or Dysport) to achieve your desired results, and wait until your full range of movement returns before you get your next treatment, you’re likely going to continue to need (at least) 45-units at each subsequent visit.
However, if you come back as soon as you start to regain some movement, you should only require a fraction of that initial-amount to boost you back to where you want to be.
Please note: There are a bunch of caveats to the Botox scenario.
A. This advice is assuming that you are being properly treated at the get-go.
B. On average Botox and Dysport results last for 3-months, but a lot of people try to stretch out the time between visits to save money, not realizing this is actually causing the opposite effect. If you are the average person, it would be more beneficial for you to get treated every 3-months (like clock-work) before the product from your last visit has completely worn off, instead of having to start the treatment-process all over again from baseline each time.
C. To be clear, we are recommending treatments closer to every 3-months versus 6+ months, and we are not recommending anything unfathomable, unrealistic, or unhealthy, such as bi-weekly or monthly treatments.
(Bonus: The longer you can consecutively keep those forehead muscles paralyzed, the sooner they will start to weaken which in the long-run (like, ten years) allows you to need less and less neuro-toxin to stay smooth.)
Same exact principle with Sculptra and Botox / Dysport for Hyperhidrosis.
Once you reach the point that you’re happy and want to go into maintenance-mode, take baby-steps to keep-up your results and prevent having to start all over.
The only injection that this concept does not apply to?
Kybella’s results are permanent, so once you achieve the result you want — you’re set.