Are Botox and Fillers Appropriate Treatments for the Summer?

By Enliven Aesthetics, Posted Jun 6, 2022

Non-surgical aesthetic injections are the current go-to for ladies and gentlemen wanting to slow down the effects of aging on their appearance. Treatments like botox and filler work in different ways when introduced into the facial tissues, but their overall goal is the same: a younger-looking face with better contours and fewer wrinkles.

If you’ve been considering BotoxⓇ or DysportⓇ, you may hesitate in booking in the summer if you believe that sun exposure will have an adverse effect on your treatment. Here, we discuss how botox and dermal fillers may interact with sunlight.

Botox vs. Sunlight

Many people are under the impression that botox and sunlight do not mix. Although this is a myth, this idea may have originated with injectors’ orders to avoid direct sunlight after injectable treatments. The ultimate reason for this recommendation is to minimize the side effects that may occur after minor injections.

In some cases, for example, the slight swelling and redness that stem from injectable treatments may worsen if the skin is exposed to direct UVA and UVB light. Being in the sun shortly after a botox treatment, however, will not diminish or degrade the results of the neuromodulators’ effect against wrinkles.

What about dermal fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are frequently used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging, including collagen loss. Filler products are specifically injected into areas that have lost volume, such as the cheeks, lips and hands. Fillers at Enliven Aesthetics work by adding specific biocompatible hyaluronic acid to superficial tissue.

Unlike botox, which is a chemical that binds to neuro-receptors, the hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers actually can degrade under sun exposure, due to the UV rays effect on the hyaluronic acid. Did your injector ever tell you that you need more filler on the left side of your face than the right? This is due to the effects of the sunshine through the car window when you drive, increasing the volume loss on the left side of your face and hands.

While it isn’t required to avoid sun exposure altogether after dermal filler treatment, it can help to consider a few suggestions:

-Avoid prolonged sun exposure for two weeks after dermal filler treatment, especially if you have mild bruising.

-When you do spend time outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high SPF, such as our favorite sunscreen at Enliven Aesthetics, MD Solar Sciences, which is a BB Cream with an SPF of 50.

-If possible, consider wearing a hat or visor, as well.

-Add a reputable antioxidant cream or serum into your daily skincare routine to continually fight free radicals that age the skin. One such option we love is the Hugh & Grace AM and PM Serums, sold at Enliven Aesthetics. Megan can explain everything about these products, as they are hormone-safe and they can help reduce the aging of the skin.

Get your glow on using a spray tan – order a spray tan to your home from our very own client Kirah Gino’s company Beach Bunny Mobile Tans (@kirahrose1 on Instagram) – and enjoy the benefits of a glowing complexion without the sun’s degrading effects!

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