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Botox Causes More Wrinkles Study – Dr D Responds

Posted May 13 2010 12:00am

The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology published the findings on Monday.

Dr. David Becker, an assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, wrote in the journal that muscle groups that have not been injected with Botox will still find a way to make expressions, leading to more lines.

“Paralysis of a set of muscles might lead to recruitment of other muscle groups in an attempt to reproduce the conditioned activity being blocked resulting in more prominent muscle activity in adjacent regions,” Becker explained.

The use of Botulinum toxin does not prevent wrinkles. It just prevents a patient from showing some of them by diminishing muscular function where it is placed. It would be more proper to say the use of Botulinum toxin may change the tendency to develop wrinkles in some places assuming you don’t Botox the whole face which ends up looking pretty odd. The long term ramifications of using toxins are just starting to become known as we have been using them over a decade now.

As usual, balance is the key to long term satisfaction. Don’t use too much and use other wrinkle reduction techniques as well….facial peels, sunblock, quit cigarettes, etc. If you “don’t put all those wrinkle reduction eggs in the one basket,” I’d bet you’ll be better off in the long run.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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