Botox remains a staple in facial rejuvenation. As it hinders muscles to contract, any wrinkles which are treated around the eyes or forehead area are lessened considerably. Indeed, Botox has been one of the leading cosmetic injections over the years which enhance a youthful canvas which many seek.
At the University of Ottowa, Canada, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. James Bonaparte, conducted a study which revealed interesting data regarding Botox. In a recent edition of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, it was irrefutably suggested that this cosmetic injection may deliver another aesthetically pleasing pathway for many patients.
According to the study, skin endures stretching and receding with a Botox treatment. Moreover, it was indicated that on a whole, this anti-aging treatment encouraged collagen and elastin.
The road to younger looking skin is elastin and collagen. A depletion of these proteins cause slack and lackluster skin in tandem with wrinkles.
In his report Bonaparte cited, “We found if we treat people with Botox using standard techniques, we see an increase in elasticity, which is what you’d see in people with more youthful skin.” He continued, “We’re actually seeing evidence that we, for some reason, are getting more elastin and collagen in the skin.”
A total of 48 women, around the median age of 55 took part in the study. All of the participants never underwent a Botox treatment before. Areas treated were around the eye contours and in the middle of the brows.
Afterward, the women were monitored for a total of four months.
An enhanced appearance of elasticity and younger looking skin was discovered. Researchers compared the changes to a skin tightening procedure via radiofrequency.
Also disregarded during the course of the study was the concept of inflammation from the injections. According to Bonaparte, this did not cause the new tautness to the skin. Moreover, these youthful skin changes were bracketed around the same timeframe as the Botox effectiveness results: which was a few months.
It’s important to note that other plastic surgeons may have their own theories as to why elastin and collagen are promoted. Nevertheless, there is no clear cut theory as to what prompts Botox recipients to have their skin undergo a surge of youth
Bonaparte did indicate a hypothesis that elastin and collagen cells may have a receptor which reacts to Botox in this manner.
This notion has some wondering if anti-aging skin manufacturers may be inclined to produce a product(s) which hones in on these receptors.
And Bonaparte believes this is so.
“We may be able to develop some medications that don’t require injection, that you can apply topically and get the same skin rejuvenation effect as Botox,” he said.
While this study has come to a close, Bonaparte and his team will be branching off in a different direction but now with a focus on the long-term use of Botox.