Over the past several years, more and more dentists have been incorporating other cosmetic treatments into their practice as a way to complement services dedicated to enhancing smiles. This includes BOTOX, a type of injection used to reduce facial lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. Now, researchers are confirming just how effective BOTOX treatments can be at managing facial scars as well. Learn why they may start to become more common following surgery and what can be done today to improve your overall appearance!
How BOTOX Can Help Facial Scars
According to a study conducted at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, early post-surgical injection of botulinum toxin (or BOTOX) showed to “provide better, narrower, and flatter facial surgical scars.”
The study was made up of 16 participants, all of whom were about to complete facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. All received BOTOX to one half of the treatment area (their scar), while the other half of the treatment area would receive a placebo (saline) to act as a control. The majority of them were having surgery to remove disfiguring birthmarks.
Upon completion of surgery and injection of the BOTOX, independent plastic surgeons were then asked to rate the appearances of both sides of the scar about six months later. The results were quite telling.
Not only were ratings from plastic surgeons higher for areas that received BOTOX treatment compared to areas that did not (5.67 vs 4.97 out of10), but scars treated with BOTOX were also smaller and lower.
According to Dr. Lin, one of the coauthors of the study, notes that, “Temporary muscular paralysis induced by BTX-A could decrease movement and stress around a healing wound.” He goes on to say that the relief of tension could help prevent facial scar widening as well as hypertrophy and hyperpigmentation. He mentions this because previous studies have shown BOTOX to be capable of inhibiting fibroblasts and mediators involved in creating scars.
Other Ways BOTOX Can Help You
Botox has become increasingly common for uses outside of just wrinkles and facial lines. While its main purpose is for cosmetic enhancements (as over 7 million people in the United States in 2016 have), it’s also proven to be effective for:
- Migraine relief
- Twitching eyelids
- TMD/TMJ symptoms
With that said, more research is needed on the subject before any solid conclusions can be made for its use after facial and reconstructive surgery. However, there are many ways patients can benefit from BOTOX treatment today! Schedule an appointment with a dentist and learn if treatment is right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Neely Thornton is not only dedicated to helping others achieve positive oral health, but having a hands-on artistic influence to peoples’ smiles. She offers many cosmetic treatments in her office, including BOTOX, Juvederm, and laser therapy, so patients have multiple options to achieve the smile and facial appearance they want all in one convenient location. To schedule an appointment, you can contact her through her website.