An article that was published in the July edition of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) suggests a beneficial skin care regimen for Botox users. The study recommends patients who undergo Botox treatments to use a combined hydroquinone skin care system with tretinoin to maximize Botox results.
The study reveals that using a 4% hydroquinone skin care regimen, combined with tretinoin or better known as Retin-A, complemented the improvements gained from Botox injections by further reducing fine lines and wrinkles, with the added benefit of improving skin discoloration.
The recommended 4% hydroquinone regimen is specifically formulated to be used in conjunction with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox. The combination of the hydroquinone and tretinoin is well-tolerated.
According to the study co-author, Joel Schlessinger, the hydroquinone system is not only effective but easy to follow. Schlessinger also adds that the combination treatment with tretinoin will significantly improve patients’ perspective of their own looks, which is the ultimate goal of any cosmetic treatment.
The blind study utilized 61 subjects who had Botox injections in the upper areas of their faces. They were randomly given either the hydroquinone regimen with a 0.05% tretinoin cream, or a regular skin care system for a period of 120 days. The results were examined with a questionnaire and by investigators.
The Results – 86% vs. 8% Improvement
Patients who were given the hydroquinone system, consisting of toner, cleanser, exfoliant, sunscreen, and proprietary 4% hydroquinone, had a significant 86% improvement of fine wrinkles and hyperpigmentation as reported at 30 day intervals.
In comparison, the patients who used the standard skin care of cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer, only saw an 8% improvement in their skin, as compared to the 86% improvement of the other group.
The majority of patients who used the combination of hydroquinone with tretinoin skin care regimen also agreed that the system had improved the enhancements already gained from Botox injections.
Overall, the article on the said combination skin treatment, obtained ASJ’s Level 2 rating which is the second highest on an evidence-focused medicine rating scale. This scale, established in 2011 to encourage substantial cosmetic study, takes into account the support of the data and strength of the evidence, and is accepted worldwide.
• ASAPS is a world renowned organization dedicated to the study and practice of cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery. Over 2,600 members are certified by Royal College of Physicians and Surgerons of Canada or the American Board of Plastic Surgery and follow a Code of Ethics.
• ASJ stands for Aesthetic Surgery Journal. It is a publication of medical journals that are well-reviewed by the ASAPS and the rest of the cosmetic surgery field, and has subscribers in over 60 countries. Below are some of other Botox articles.
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