Recent research published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery indicates the real effect Botox can have on the face using heat map technology, including significant cosmetic and psychological advancements. 

A team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania created a color-coded heat map using 3D speckle tracking photogrammetry. Although the benefits of Botox have been known for a while, these researchers wanted a more visual affirmation for themselves and the patients that undergo its related procedures. 

The study included 14 participants who were observed before and two weeks after a Botox treatment of 20 filler units in the area between the eyebrows.

The researchers applied white foundation and black speckle makeup to the participants, with light blue representing wrinkles. Two weeks after treatment the light blue was almost completely replaced by light green and yellow, indicating wrinkle reduction had taken place. 

The Botox:

  • Decreased horizontal wrinkling from 9.11 percent to 2.60 percent.
  • Decreased forehead treatment from 4.83 percent to 0.83 percent.
  • The vertical treatment also decreased by a significant amount as well. 

"As new therapies and expanded applications become available for antiaging and the treatment of neuromuscular disorders, this method may make it possible to quantify clinical efficacy and establish precise therapeutic regimens," said senior author Ivona Percec.

This technology can also be used in the future to identify better dosage amounts, eliminate mistakes as well as enhance the overall Botox experience. Allowing a patient to see a visual representation of their change can also help alleviate some reservations potential patients may have, as well as anxiety after surrounding the total affect of the procedure.

In further advancements, this technology could also be used to reduce facial paralysis caused by a stroke or other related medical condition.

As Botox continues to be used for a range of medical issues such as excessive sweating, bladder control and migraines, research such as this can only continue its success outside the wrinkle and fine lines facial issues.

According to the 2014 American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) "Statistics on Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery Report" women are still the most popular patient for this procedure. 

In the U.S., women make up 82 percent of all surgical and non-surgical facial plastic surgery procedures. Botox are still one of the most common non-surgical procedures, in addition to microdermabrasion treatments and skin resurfacing and peels. 

Botox is most commonly performed on women ages 35 to 55.

Botox temporarily erases or reduces horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines and lines between the brows. Treatment usually lasts about four months, but varies patient to patient. 

If you are interested in learning more about a Botox procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lett of The Lett Center for more information.