Amongst all the treatments we offer, the type A botulinum toxin (commonly known as Botox) is one of the most popular and demanded..
Having said that, over time, not everyone is satisfied with the duration of it´s results.
Feeling good within is vital for it to show outside and radiate your natural, and genuine beauty.
At Arques Clinic, we are friviliged to be able to talk on a daily basis with many people interested in maintaining and caring about the health of their skin.
Why? What determines the effects and benefits of Botulinum Toxin lasting longer in some patients to others?
In order to answer these queries, I have prepared this post.
I want to tell you about the two factors which can determine the duration of this treatment.
The Importance of Zinc in Botox Treatment
Zinc is an essential mineral for the body, meaning: essential for life.
Amongst its functions, zinc is a fundamental element for many processes such as protein synthesis, metabolism of phosphorus, development of the skeletal system, the immune system health …
In addition, it is a mineral involved in the condition of nails, hair and skin.
Regarding skin, zinc is directly involved in the synthesis of collagen and a deficit may cause skin problems such as eczema, difficulty in healing of wounds, acne or premature skin aging.
Attention! According to the World Health Organization, 31% of the worldwide population has zinc deficiency.
What does the lack of zinc in the treatment duration of botulinum toxin (Botox)? Involve? MUCH!
Scientific evidence has shown that the results of Botox are reduced between 30% and 40% in people who are deficient in this mineral.
This is normal, as it is essential for skin health, therefore the lack of it has direct influence.
Which foods provide the required amount of zinc?
Sources rich in this essential nutrient are: beef, pork,lamb, milk, seafood, nuts, some seeds, legumes and yeast.
Fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables are not good sources of zinc, as this mineral is untraceable in plant proteins for human consumption unlike in animal proteins.
Therefore, low-protein diets and vegetarian diets tend to be low in zinc.
This means that if you are vegetarian and consume soy milk instead of cow´s milk, it is quite possible that your zinc levels are low and duration of treatment with botulinum toxin is less.
So Botox treatment is not recommended for vegetarians or people with zinc deficiency?
No. There is no contraindication. What happens is that you should be aware that if your levels of this mineral are below the minimum recommended level, the effects will last less.
So, as zinc is essential for many body processes (not skin), if you have deficits, as a doctor, my recommendation is to take a supplement and contribute to help for that extra amount your body needs.
Your skin will appreciate it, the results of treatment with botulinum toxin will last longer and your whole body will be pleased.
At the beginning of the article I mentioned 2 factors which determine the duration of this Aesthetic Medicine treatment.
Which is the second?
Facial Muscular Strength
Besides zinc, the physical tone of the facial muscles is another factor which influences in the duration of botulinum toxin treatment.
Therefore, the stronger the muscles are in the area where the treatment is done, the longer the results will last.
On the other hand,, the weaker the facial muscle tone is, the faster results disappear.
Conclusion: food and health are key in Botox Treatment
As you see, beyond the effectiveness of the treatment, diet, and overall health habits are essential in the duration of the results.
Therefore, if you suspect that your muscles are strong but gesticulate a lot and do not include in your diet rich sources of zinc, it may be interesting to take a supplement of this mineral to help restore health levels.
Health is life!
This article is not intended to promote the consumption of medical-aesthetic treatments. In compliance with the Medicines Act in force in Spain, it is a purely informative text to provide readers interested truthful, objective and honest information.