Botox has long been considered the go-to temporary treatment for animation lines and wrinkles, as well as a medical option for challenging conditions like migraines and excessive sweating. Now, research has discovered the injectable treatment may offer additional benefits in the cosmetic realm. Whether you are already a fan of Botox or considering the treatment for the first time, there is another benefit of the medication you need to know about.
Restoring Youthful Skin
Canadian researchers have found that in addition to smoothing away facial creases, Botox may also improve the overall quality of the skin. Researchers found Botox injections appear to increase both pliability and elasticity in the skin, leading to skin that is more supple and youthful in appearance. The results were even noted in women that had lost skin elasticity due to sun damage.
Elasticity is a problem in aging skin. When we are young, our bodies produce ample amounts of collagen to maintain a soft, supple appearance. Collagen and elastin are responsible for maintaining skin pliability and elasticity, which gives skin the ability to stretch and return to its original state. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, which leads to loose, lax skin and the appearance of facial creases.
What Science Found
Dr. James Bonaparte of the University of Ottawa and Dr. David Ellis of the University of Toronto examined 48 women with an average age of 55 who underwent Botox injections. The team used a special device called a “cutometer” to measure the stretchiness of the skin both before and after treatment. The researchers found a significant increase in skin elasticity after Botox injections. The results lasted approximately four months – which is about the same amount of time Botox keeps wrinkles at bay.
Researchers explained their findings, stating that Botox appears to change the biomechanical properties of the skin that govern elasticity and pliability. Improvement was seen in both women who had lost elasticity due to the natural course of aging and those who experienced sun damage. Researchers added that these findings could change the way physicians address anti-aging treatments in the future, and possibly improve the treatment of scars and certain skin conditions.
Dr. Andrews and his staff offer Botox treatments at their Cedar Rapids office, giving patients a minimally-invasive way to turn back the clock without anesthesia or downtime. Now, it appears the benefit of Botox may be even more far-reaching than first thought. To learn more about this anti-aging treatment, contact Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Center at 319-382-8230.