Think You Know Everything about Botox?

BOTOX® Cosmetic Sarasota, FLIn the past several years, Botox has become one of the most recognized wrinkle-reducers to ever be developed. Most people who have heard of Botox know this drug to reduce the signs of aging by temporarily reducing muscle contractions in certain parts of the face, such as between the eyebrows. Most know that the results of one Botox treatment can last from 3 to 6 months. The results of Botox alone are pretty profound. Now, new research suggests that there may be even more to love about this injectable treatment.

Let’s Talk Elasticity

For skin to look and feel young, there are two characteristics that we look for: firmness and elasticity. Both, as you may know, decrease as we age. Elasticity is the skin’s ability to stretch and bounce back to normal. It is this ability that helps prevent wrinkles from forming, especially in areas that are affected by movement, such as the eyes.

Botox and Skin Elasticity

We know of Botox as the muscle relaxer. A study of 43 Canadian women sought to find out if Botox injections may affect the skin in other ways. Using an instrument called a Cutometer, researchers measured the extent of rebound in the skin before and after a number of Botox treatments. At the conclusion of the study, which was published in JAMA  Facial and Cosmetic Surgery, researchers had found that participants’ skin elasticity had improved by as much as 30%. This improvement lasted up to 4 months.

What Does This Study Mean for the Average Botox Patient?

When we look at the ways that Botox can improve appearance: reducing frown lines and crow’s feet, raising the brow, correcting downward mouth corners, we can immediately understand why this treatment has remained so popular for more than a decade now. The potential for improved elasticity, even if temporary, only increases the list of reasons to appreciate Botox. What researchers suppose is that, by increasing elasticity, Botox may postpone the onset of new lines and wrinkles.

Are you ready to experience the benefits of Botox? Contact American Dermatology Associates to schedule a consultation and treatment with an experienced provider.

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