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Botox Causes More Wrinkles

Botox injections may give you more wrinkles next to the ones they remove. This was revealed by doctors who said that the popular wrinkle fighter that is used by celebrities and thousands of men and women worldwide may do more harm than good in the long run.

Dr David Becker, assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, said that while Botox is safe when used properly, it eventually creates new wrinkles. This happens because the paralyzed facial muscles force other muscles to move in an effort to recreate the facial expressions that Botox has blocked.

“What can happen is that other nearby muscles compensate – this can have the effect of actually creating new wrinkles,” Becker said.

One of the areas where Botox is commonly used is the scowl line between the eyebrows. When injected, Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles there and its freezing effects prevent people from frowning. Since there is no muscle contraction, no wrinkles are formed. But the procedure comes with a price.

“In this case, following treatment, muscles in the upper nose, middle eyebrow and eyelid may try to recreate the expression of a scowl. Repetitions of this action cause new wrinkles,” warned Becker.

“I have seen this happen, particularly when people have Botox between the eyebrows. Because they know they can’t frown in that area, they tend to over-compensate in other areas, and screw up their nose and crinkle their eyes in the effort to frown,” added Dr Patrick Bowler, chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors.

Although the new wrinkles are usually less prominent, Becker said more injections are needed to treat them, creating a vicious cycle. To avoid further problems, the patient can stop treatment or use Botox elsewhere. In any case, Becker said doctors and patients should be aware of this risk.

Botox is the trade name of botulinum toxin type A, a deadly neurotoxin that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It works by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine that is needed for muscular contractions. When muscles can’t tighten or contract, the skin flattens and appears smoother and less wrinkled. Botox takes effect in 3 – 4 days and lasts for 3 – 4 months. Repeated injections cause the muscles to thin, producing longer lasting results.

In Britain alone, over 4,000 women have Botox injections every month and Botox parties are a common sight. The affordability of this “lunch time facelift” has made Botox one of the most popular anti-aging treatments.

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