Summertime is a great time to attend to those cosmetic concerns that have been bothersome for far too long. Perhaps cosmetic treatments increase slightly during summertime because this is the season during which more people take advantage of days off. Maybe there is something about the weather heating up that makes us take a closer look at how we want to look. Whatever your personal reason for contemplating cosmetic treatment like Botox or dermal fillers, you can count on our team to take measures to maximize your results. One such measure is discussing how exposure to sunshine may affect cosmetic injectables.
Is Sunlight the Enemy of Botox?
There is a rather widespread assumption that Botox is one of those cosmetic treatments that shouldn’t be obtained during the summer. While there is a short list of procedures that may be better left for the Fall, such as laser resurfacing and laser hair removal, Botox is not on that list. Doctors used to routinely suggest that patients avoid exposure to sunlight after Botox treatment. However, this was because side effects like swelling might intensify in response to ultraviolet light. Do you want Botox the week before that afternoon, outdoor wedding? You’re good to go! Sun exposure will not diminish your beautiful results.
Dermal Fillers Aren’t So Lucky
Dermal fillers don’t work in the same way as Botox. Many of the most common filler products contain hyaluronic acid, a sugar compound that the body produces organically. Just like the hyaluronic acid that is naturally in the skin, that which is inserted as a dermal filler can be broken down if you spend too much time in the sun. Because collagen also degrades as a result of UV damage, sun-protective habits are essential for anyone who is interested in aging as gracefully as possible.
Does the effect of sunlight mean you cannot correct the signs of aging during Summer? No. Visit our La Casita or Sonterra office in San Antonio for Botox or dermal fillers any time of year. Just prepare to maximize your results by wearing high-SPF sunscreen during those afternoons by the pool.
Contact an office near you to enhance your beauty this summer.