This latest Botox study was done at the University of Toronto and published in the July/August 2015 edition of the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). In the study Botox was definitively shown to improve skin elasticity and pliability. These two skin properties, elasticity and pliability, are the key characteristics of young skin, helping our skin to appear refreshed, youthful and rejuvenated.
Defining Skin Bio-mechanics and the Effect of Botox
The skin’s prominent bio-mechanical properties are: pliability (or “stretch-ability”) and elasticity (ability to “snap back” into shape), which contribute to skin’s overall strength. These properties are very noticeable and evident in children and young people, who have plump skin that quickly “pops” back into shape after smiling, frowning or wearing a tight cap, for example. Pliable, collagen rich, moist and elastic youthful skin does not show any (or shows very minor, temporary) aftereffects from prior movement or pressure indentations of the skin. Therefore, young skin is very plump, resilient and resistant to wrinkles.
The Botox Advantage: Fighting the Effects of Time and Environment
Over time however, with aging, environmental challenges and sun exposure, our skin’s elasticity greatly suffers–and pliability is affected as well. After Botox treatment for mild wrinkles in the glabella (forehead area between the eyebrows) and other facial sites, the researchers found noticeable improvement in the skin’s ability to “snap back” into shape. In essence, Botox helped mildly wrinkled skin behave more like young skin for up to 16 weeks.
The researchers note that ongoing studies will further reveal new long-term planning strategies for maintaining healthy, youthful skin and potentially treating scarring and other skin conditions, in addition to Botox anti-wrinkle treatment.
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