Better Healing With Botox

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We’re at the dermatologist’s office every three months (like clockwork) for Botox to keep crow’s feet and eyebrow furrows at bay. Now, research is focusing on the use of Botox to help scars heal more attractively.

An article published in the August 2006 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that a Botox injection soon after a wound occurrence markedly reduces muscle action in the region and decreases tension on the wound edges to allow for better healing. It has long been known that tension around a healing incision or wound is directly correlated with the quality of healing. The study followed 31 patients with forehead wounds, which were rated on a scale of one to 10 for appearance six months after treatment with Botox or the saline solution placebo. The median score for the wounds treated with the placebo was 7.1, while the median for the Botox-treated wounds was 8.9, demonstrating the better healing associated with Botox treatment.

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