If you think of Botox as a mere wrinkle-smoother for younger-looking skin, think again.
While only FDA-approved for a few uses on the face, Botox has a wide range of off-label uses – both medical and aesthetic.
Now, physicians say it might even help stop facial scars from forming after plastic surgery.
According to a new study, this cosmetic injectable has the potential to change the way medical professionals treat scars.
Can Botox Improve Facial Scars?
This month, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery published a study that looked at the effects of botulinum toxin injections on improving facial wounds and scars.
Physicians studied 16 patients who underwent facial plastic surgery to alter a disfiguring birthmark. Immediately following surgery, physicians injected half of the incision with Botox while the other side was injected with a saline solution as a placebo.
Four months later, the patients attended follow-up appointments with independent plastic surgeons. They evaluated each side of the scar and rated its appearance on a scale of zero to 10. On average, surgeons rated the half treated with Botox higher than the side that had not received the injections.
The study found Botox injections improved the appearance of facial surgical scars by reducing the bumpiness and the width of each scar. As it turns out, Botox relieves tension on the scar that results from everyday muscle movements and facial expressions so that the scar can heal better. Surgeons have been using it this way for a long time.
How does Botox for facial scars work exactly? After a surgeon stitches up an incision after surgery, they inject Botox around the scar, similarly to the way Botox is injected to treat wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin type A is widely used for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox is the most popular medical aesthetics procedure, with over 7 million treatments performed in 2017. In recent years, Botox has also been used to treat a wide range of non-cosmetic concerns as well.
Botox Training at National Laser Institute
Did you know physicians, nurses and medical professionals can attend Botox and dermal filler training at National Laser Institute?
Our courses are highly customizable and can be completed in as little as a weekend or up to two weeks of training.
Each Botox and dermal fillers training course includes didactic (classroom) education and clinical hands-on training for the ultimate learning experience. You will learn some of the most in-demand injectable treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm), Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Kybella, PDO threads and more!
During clinicals, you will have the opportunity to watch comprehensive Botox and filler demonstrations and perform treatments on real clients. We are the only medical aesthetics school in the country that spends millions of dollars each year to schedule paying clients for you to work on.
Physicians, nurses and medical professionals attend Botox training to earn supplemental income and increase their earning potential. The industry is also a cash-based business – no insurance hassles!