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Why does my treatment with anti-wrinkle injections only last 2 months?

I accidentally combined microdermabrasion with retinol .5. Now my skin is red, burning, and peeling, but no open wounds.
I am worried I have permanently harmed my skin, have I? Will I scar?

The length of effect of anti-wrinkle injections is multifactorial. The average length of anti-wrinkle injections effectiveness is 12 weeks, but that’s just an average: everyone is different. Just as some people are taller or shorter than the “average height”, some people will metabolise and breakdown their anti-wrinkle injections quicker or more slowly than others. Part of this is just due to your biology. Other factors that influence the length of anti-wrinkle injections effect include the initial dose (a larger dose of more units will tend to have a greater effect that also lasts longer), and where it has been injected. Larger muscles generally break-down the anti-wrinkle injections much more quickly than smaller muscles. Discuss your concerns with your injector, and perhaps discuss using a slightly larger dose. Unfortunately, however, perhaps you are just one of the people who metabolise anti-wrinkle injections faster than others!