Botox Boosts Elasticity of Skin for Up to Four Months
In addition to removing wrinkles by relaxing muscles in a person's face, botox also can boost the skin's elasticity for as long as four months, suggests a study by a team of Canadian scientists.
For the study, 48 women with an average age of 55 were analyzed. All had received botox injections to reduce wrinkles on their foreheads or around their eyes. The pliability and elasticity of each woman's skin were assessed at study baseline, and at twoweeks, two months, three months and four months after they had a botox injection.
The team found that the botox injections increased both the pliability and elasticity of their skin for up to four months, which is about as long as it usually relaxes the muscles in a person's face. After four months, the skin returned to baseline levels.
The researchers, who published their study in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, also determined that botox injections appeared to reverse damage to skin elasticity caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This effect also diminished after four months.
The researchers said they hope the findings will make more people aware of the benefits of non-surgical treatments of aging skin. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 6.5 million Americans received botox injections in 2012.