Botox Boosts Skin Elasticity

elasticity_pinchFor more than the past decade, it has become common knowledge that Botox decreases wrinkles in the areas where it is injected.  This effect has been thought to be solely due to Botox’s impact on the muscles alone.  However, recent research has provided evidence that the effects of Botox may go beyond muscle relaxation.

A research study from the Universities of Ottawa and Toronto, published in the medical journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, sought to increase understanding of the effects of Botox on the skin.  They specifically studied the effects of using Botox on the forehead and periorbital wrinkles of women over 40.

The study showed that using Botox increased the pliability and elasticity of the skin.  They noticed “biomechanics changes” that could not be explained by the muscle relaxation effects of Botox by itself.

botox_injection_older_womanIn fact, they found increased levels of elastin and collagen in the skin treated with Botox.  However, perhaps most importantly, the levels reverted to normal when the effects of Botox wore off.

The researchers noted that more study of this phenomenon is obviously needed, but this increased elasticity would help to explain why repeated Botox treatments appear to result in progressive improvements in wrinkles over time.  These upcoming studies may explain the role of Botox in an overall anti-aging program as well as helping erase local areas of troublesome wrinkles.

botox_elasticityWho would have ever thought ten years ago that we would be using Botox for many other symptoms besides wrinkle reduction (e.g. excessive sweating, migraines, bladder spasms, etc.)?  Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more studies and research coming in the near future as Botox is obviously a medication with a lot more abilities than initially meets the eye.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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