How the Sun Impacts Your Fillers and Botox
Unlike before, nowadays it is so common to hear about individuals getting fillers or Botox. Perhaps it is because these procedures are non-invasive and entail minimal recovery time. However, as their popularity rises, so do certain questions. Today, we will address a crucial one: can sun exposure accelerate the fading of fillers? Yep, the sun is unavoidable all year long, but since we spend more time outdoors in warmer months, it may be a concern during summer. Here’s what you need to know.
Sun Effects On Fillers
As you may already know, many dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which can be negatively affected by UV rays, leading to a breakdown of this ingredient and potentially impacting your desired results. The impact of sun exposure extends beyond this, it can also hinder the healing process following injections and contribute to inflammation.
Another crucial aspect to be aware of is that fillers typically take around 6-15 months to fully settle (yes, you heard it right). Moreover, sun exposure can worsen the bruises and irritation caused by the fillers.
Sun Effects On Botox
Since Botox temporarily freezes facial muscles, it is less of a concern with sun exposure. Additionally, unlike fillers, Botox is absorbed within 24 hours, resulting in minimal risk.
How To Fix The Sun Impact?
If you feel that your fillers wore off faster than expected, your skin isn’t healing after injections, or you notice bruising around the injection area, the sun might be the culprit. In such cases, you need to consult your dermatologist and look for over-the-counter products with brightening ingredients such as vitamin C and Kojic acid that can help lighten the darkened area.
If you want faster results, laser treatments that address hyperpigmentation are your best bet.
Is There Any Way To Prevent The Sun Effects?
Sunscreen is a must! It is crucial to incorporate broad-spectrum sunscreen into your daily routine throughout the year. After all, completely avoiding the sun is not possible.
Additionally, it is recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least four hours after receiving Botox and one week after getting fillers. To enhance your skincare regimen post-treatment, consider including an antioxidant serum (in addition to sunscreen). This serum can help combat free radicals and assist with reducing discoloration.