Summary: Today we’re talking about two clever new uses for Botox. One of those uses involves treating forehead wrinkles (okay, this isn’t so new—but the FDA approval to do it is). The other involves using Botox to prevent or treat acne outbreaks. A small study suggests that Botox does several things to the skin that makes this plausible.
These Two Clever New Uses for Botox Include Getting Rid of Acne
We’ve recently discovered two clever new uses for Botox. In these cases, Botox is used to get rid of acne or to address problems with the forehead. Now, it’s likely that you might have heard about these before—and we have too. But they’re reaching prominence in a way that makes me think that these might be pretty trendy uses for Botox in 2018.
It’s also important to note that research is backing these two novel uses for Botox. That isn’t always the case. There are plenty of trendy cosmetic surgery procedures that aren’t exactly borne out by the evidence. (Vampire breast lift, we’re looking at you.)
However, Botox is one of those procedures that we keep finding new uses for in a kind of spectacular fashion. It’s tempting to think of Botox as a kind of “wonder drug,” even though it’s not. Instead, let’s get specific and talk about these two clever new uses for Botox.
Using Botox to Get Rid of Wrinkles Around the Forehead
The forehead has been an interesting spot for Botox for some time now. In the past, some patients have used Botox as a way of keeping their foreheads from sweating (in order to protect makeup or hairstyles). But these days, the FDA has actually approved Botox for treating forehead wrinkles.
That’s important because Botox wrinkles are actually pretty common. After all, there are plenty of muscles in the brow that are used to express emotions. When you’re angry or sad or happy or concentrating—your brow muscles are working. And the more they work, the more likely you are to get wrinkles around your forehead.
And that’s good, because eliminating wrinkles from the forehead can do wonders to help make you look more youthful and more content. When you get too many wrinkles along the brow, you can look angry or fatigued. Or you might not have total control over how you emote. Botox injections in the forehead can help with all of that.
Botox to Eliminate Acne
This use for Botox is a little more novel. Apparently, there’s some evidence to suggest that Botox can be used to help forestall the development of acne. That’s right—a Botox injection can prevent an outbreak.
At least, that’s according to a study performed by Dr. Anil R. Shah. Dr. Shah concluded that not only does Botox prevent acne, but most patients who come in for acne treatment are pretty happy with the results.
The study is promising, but there are a few problems:
- The sample size is quite small; Dr. Shah only looked at 20 patients
- Cause and effect are not firmly established; it may only be that patients sweat less and, thus, are not as prone to acne outbreaks. The Botox prevents the sweating, not the acne
- Dr. Shah noted that further study might be required
- The results have yet to be replicated (although, they are quite new)
According to Dr. Shah’s study, Botox decreases pore size and sebum production (the oil that causes acne in the first place). If the study is confirmed using a larger sample size, then Botox may become a valid way of preventing and treating acne outbreaks.
Botox Keeps Giving
In many ways, Botox keeps providing us with new and interesting uses. Every time we look away another innovative cosmetic surgeon has come up with a new symptom to treat using Botox. From migraines to depression, ailments that can be treated by Botox are quickly expanding.
And to think, all this started as a way to get rid of wrinkles. Then again, it would be a mistake to assume that Botox is not still primarily a cosmetic treatment. Indeed, millions of people every year get Botox for precisely that reason: they want to get rid of lines and wrinkles.
And, likewise, the popularity of Botox continues to increase. There are some definite drawbacks to the procedure, of course. The results are temporary. And there can be some mild bruising.
But for many patients, the benefits continue to outweigh those drawbacks. Thus, we can certainly expect more clever uses of Botox in the future—complete with novel new approaches to treating other issues.
For now, we’re content to see the FDA approval for the forehead treatments. And we’re interested to see how the use of Botox to treat acne proceeds. Of course, we’re also waiting with bated breath to see what fresh new technique someone comes out with as the Botox trend of choice in 2018. Only time will tell!