Scientists in Canada have offered up new proof that BOTOX® Cosmetic may have more age-defying power than previously thought. They say along with relaxing the facial muscles that cause wrinkles, BOTOX could also rejuvenate the skin, at least temporarily.
In a study published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, researchers set out to discover why people who receive repeated BOTOX injections seem to enjoy fewer wrinkles as time goes on. They observed a few dozen middle-aged women who received BOTOX treatments and found that skin pliability (the ability to stretch) and elasticity (the ability to recoil) actually got better after treatment, with the effect lasting up to 4 months.
“The changes occurring in patients’ skin appear to be the opposite of those associated with the aging process and UV radiation exposure and inflammation. This study also suggests that the duration of effect of these changes mimics the duration of effect of the medication. Future studies are required to determine and quantify the histologic changes that are occurring,” the study found.
Researchers go on to say they’re not quite sure exactly what’s behind the skin change, but that it is similar to the effects of radiofrequency skin-tightening procedures.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers BOTOX and injectable fillers at my Naples medical spa, I know how much of an impact smooth, youthful-looking skin can have for both men and women who are starting to see the telltale signs of aging. While more work needs to be done to clear up some of the mystery, this news is promising.
If you have crow’s feet or frown lines that make you look older than you feel, I invite you to visit my office for a consultation. You can either contact us online or call us at (239) 262-5662.