Covid-19 vaccines may speed up BOTOX wear-off, study shows
Bad news for Instagram models and aging Hollywood celebrities – Covid vaccines may work Botox they wear out faster.
Researchers found that the average time it took patients to top up with a wrinkle-smoothing agent was shortened after they received Pfizer mRNA vaccine.
Patients who previously returned every 118 days between injections came back approximately 20 days earlier. But doctors emphasized that this is not a reason not to receive the vaccine.
Findings from an Israeli study show that Pfizer’s vaccine may make Botox injections less effective, with regular Botox patients coming in about two to three weeks earlier for a top-up after receiving a wax
Dermatologists in the US are reportedly noticing a similar trend among Botox users.
New York dermatologist Dr. Marisa Garshick addressed this topic in Instagram reel last week.
‘Is the COVID vaccine the reason your botox doesn’t last as long?’ she asks in the short video, before flashing a picture of the study.
In an accompanying caption, Dr. Garshick clarified that while some dermatologists—and patients—may have noticed this phenomenon in the office, “more research is needed to truly understand this observation.”
She also warned that a potential cosmetic side effect is not a reason not to get vaccinated.
Commenting on the post, popular skin care influencer Susan Yara said that she too experienced faster dissolution of her filler.
‘UGH!! I didn’t want it to be true, but it happened to me. I switched to Xeomin and it’s a big difference,’ she wrote under the video.
The injections generally last four to six months before a top-up is needed to ensure a smooth complexion.
Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin injections.
They are a class of injectable chemicals known as neuromodulators that interrupt signals between nerves and muscles to relax them.
As a result, visible wrinkles will disappear.
These neuromodulators are usually used to treat the area of the face between the eyebrows and in the corners of the eyes, and sometimes to fill the upper lip in a procedure called a ‘lip flip’.
The study looked more generally at botulinum toxin injections – not just the popular Botox, but other newer ones as well neuromodulatory treatments such as Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau.
Published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, the work focused on 45 subjects, 89 percent female, with an average age of 48.3 years.
Due to the relatively small sample size, the researchers clarified that their findings are inconclusive and called for additional research on this topic.
However, their results showed a marked reduction in the time it took for patients to return to clinics who needed Botulinum Type A (BTA) booster injections.
It can be assumed that the shortening of this interval between treatments reflects a ‘decrease in BTA efficacy’ after the vaccine, the researchers explained.
The study did not determine exactly why the injection would have an effect on someone’s botox.
But the researchers speculate that the immune response created by the injection might see the injected substance as a foreign substance in the body and attack it.
In turn, the effects of Botox wear off quickly as antibodies in the bloodstream fight against it.
It is also not clear whether just being infected with the Covid virus has a similar effect on the longevity of Botox.
Questions about the impact of mRNA injections on patients with fillers — substances injected into the skin to increase volume and fullness — were raised early in the vaccine’s release after the FDA reported that two people developed facial swelling after the shot, both with a history of cosmetic injections. fillers.
In both cases, the swelling was localized at the place where the filler was injected, but it decreased with antihistamines and steroid cream.
Doctors at the time argued that the reaction was most likely the result of the immune system being triggered after the vaccine — a similar explanation to that put forward by a recent study targeting Botox.
However, none of these side effects mean that the Covid vaccine is unsafe, which many dermatologists want to make clear.
If patients are concerned that their botox is not working as well after the injection, other types of BTA treatments are available and are potentially more effective.
Likewise, humans can too over time, they develop a natural resistance to botox, regardless of whether they received waxing.
In short, we hope most will agree, a forehead wrinkle or two is worth avoiding a potentially deadly virus.