The Guardian reported that in the UK plastic surgeons saw a 70% increase in consultations with a demand for Botox in 2020. Many assume that Botox is a gold-standard treatment when it comes to protecting against and reversing signs of aging, but does Botox do more than a good skincare regime when it comes to aging prevention?
“Botox procedures involve injection of a bacterial toxin, Botulinum Toxin, into the muscles of deep facial expression to cause temporary and reversible paralysis of a muscle. This is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles associated with muscle contraction. “
“However, what many don’t consider is that there are many signs of aging in the skin that muscle contractions are not the cause of. For example, as we age certain cell types in the skin decline in number and activity. In addition, it is estimated that over 80% of the aging seen on the face is from long-term exposure to UV radiation and this is what leads to majority of wrinkles, dryness, leathery texture, uneven pigmentation, and sagging appearing with age.”
“Unfortunately, while there is some recent evidence that would suggest that Botox could have a temporary skin rejuvenation activity, the scientific evidence proving this concept is not complete or consistent.”
One could argue that Botox and facial treatments complement each other when it comes to age prevention. Botox can be used to target deep wrinkles associated with facial expressions, whereas advanced facial treatments using active ingredients can be used to preserve and protect the cell types within the skin tissue from age related changes.
The effects of Botox are temporary (~3-6 months), but the effects of the right facial treatments will only leave skin stronger and more protected overtime.
With the skincare market being so overwhelmed with false information, we have all felt the frustration of ineffective skincare and skin reactions caused by incorrect use of potent actives. More than ever, the need for regular check-ins with a skin expert is needed. Dermoi brings this expert to your door.
“You do not see someone’s Botox or filler, but you always see the quality and health of skin on top. Botox is not a replacement for adequate facial treatments and effective use of active skincare.” – Eve Casha, MSc Pharmaceutical Formulation