Can Botox be used to treat skin flaws as well as wrinkles and fine lines?

Updated: Apr 2

We often talk about and herald the benefits of Botox through the eyes of our clients. After all, how can you not love a simple injection which helps prevent muscle contraction in the face from creating deep folds and wrinkles?

However, teams of plastic surgeons are now taking this one step further – with various studies now showing that through innovative methods, smaller injections and more diluted doses, Aesthetic Practitioners may in fact be able to heighten the effectiveness of Botox treatment beyond the existing levels used in the common injection procedure.

What is the microbotulinum treatment?

The study as published by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery whitepaper suggested that smaller – otherwise known as micro – doses of the botulinum toxin injection (Botox) could impact the texture and roughness of the skin. The way the study was conducted used lots of tiny doses of the diluted Azzalure or Botox solution; creating multiple injection sites all over the face from the forehead, up the cheekbone and down to the jawline. These micro injections were planted into the superficial dermis of the face, using 32 needles across 150 different sites to create a well-rounded end effect. The researchers present a description and initial evaluation of their approach in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Of course, as with any clinical study the delivery of the procedure is not as straightforward as it may sound. The sites for injection were not random; instead Aesthetic Practitioners created and used varying grid patterns across the trial participants in order to ascertain the ideal injection points for different outcomes. The way that this is designed to work is by creating tiny percentage improvements all over the face, rather than bigger and more impactful improvements in more targeted or specific areas.

The results

In short, the study was successful – finding that micro-doses of Botox can be used to effectively treat skin flaws which impact the skin’s texture and microroughness. The study also showed that the same treatment could reduce enlarged pore size on the skin, with the best results being seen on those aged between 36.5 and 53 years old.

The high level of patient satisfaction from trial sessions shows that this innovative way of using Botox treatment in London may just provide us with new ways of treating different skin conditions and aesthetic traits in the future. More trials will follow to understand more about varying quantities and unit numbers can alter the length and duration of results, and how effective results are across different time periods.

How to get started on your journey to becoming an Aesthetic Practitioner

This article is designed to introduce the new Botox trials to anyone and everyone. For those who are looking for deeper understanding of aesthetic procedures and who want to be a part of the future of Botox and other aesthetic treatments and procedures, our Skinoza Academy provide a range of different courses and options for trainee and future Aesthetic Practitioners.

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