Previously, most people believed that Botox injections work by paralyzing facial muscles so that the recipient is unable to form the expressions that lead to wrinkles in the skin. Now, a new study shows that this belief is mistaken, and the injections may actually turn back time on the facial aging process by improving the skin's elasticity and ability to recover from being stretched.
Researchers led by Dr. James Bonaparte, a plastic surgeon and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada, administered Botox injections to 48 women with an average age of 55. The women had never received Botox treatments before and were given injections between the eyebrows and around the eyes.
After following the study subjects for four months after the injections, the researchers found that Botox seemed to increase the facial skin's ability to recoil after being stretched. According to Bonaparte, this may be due to increased production of elastin and collagen, which are two of the proteins that are found at higher levels in younger people's skin.
"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," Bonaparte told HealthDay. "We're actually seeing evidence that we, for some reason, are getting more elastin and collagen in the skin."
This implies that rather than preventing wrinkles from deepening by paralyzing the skin, these injections actually reverse some of the wrinkling that's already happening by increasing the production of these proteins.
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