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Bad news for Instagram models and aging Hollywood celebrities – Covid vaccines may do botox they wear out faster.
The researchers found that the average time it took patients to need a top-up of the wrinkle-smoothing agent was shortened after they received Pfizer mRNA vaccine.
Patients who previously returned every 118 days between injections came in about 20 days earlier. But doctors emphasized that this is no reason not to get the vaccine.
Findings from an Israeli study suggest that Pfizer’s vaccine may make Botox injections less effective, with regular Botox patients coming in about two to three weeks earlier for top-ups after getting the shot
Dermatologists in the US are reportedly seeing a similar trend among Botox users.
New York dermatologist Dr. Marissa Garszyk addressed the topic in an article Instagram reel last week.
“Is the COVID vaccine the reason your Botox didn’t last as long?” she asks in the short video before showing an image of the office.
In the accompanying caption, Dr. Garschick 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 made sure to make sure 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 she also experienced the faster dissolution of her filler.
‘Phew!! I didn’t want this to be true, but it happened to me. I switched to Xeomin and it made a big difference,” she wrote under the video.
The injections usually last four to six months before a top-up is required to ensure a smooth complexion.
Botox is a brand name for injectable botulinum toxin.
They are an injectable chemical class known as neuromodulators that interrupt signals between nerves and muscles to cause them to relax.
As a result, visible wrinkles will disappear.
These neuromodulators are usually used to treat the areas of the face between the eyebrows and at the corners of the eyes, and sometimes to smooth the upper lip in a procedure called “lip flipping.”
The study looked more generally at injectable forms of botulinum toxin – not just the popular Botox, but also other newer ones neuromodulating treatments such as Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau.
Published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, the paper 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 were inconclusive and called for further research on the topic.
However, their results showed a significant reduction in the time it took for patients to return to clinics requiring additional botulinum type A (BTA) injections.
The shortening of this interval between treatments can be hypothesized to reflect a “decrease in the effectiveness of BTA” 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 shot may 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 it.
It’s also not clear if contracting the Covid virus itself has a similar effect on Botox longevity.
Questions about the impact of the mRNA injection on patients with fillers — substances injected into the skin to add volume and fullness — were raised early in the vaccine’s launch after the FDA reported that two people developed facial swelling after vaccination, both with previous history of cosmetic filler injections.
In both, the swelling was localized to where the filler was injected, but went down with antihistamines and steroid cream.
Doctors at the time said the reaction was most likely the result of a boost to the immune system as a result of the vaccine — a similar explanation to that suggested by the recent study focusing on Botox.
However, none of these side effects mean that the Covid vaccine is unsafe, as many dermatologists have made emphatically clear.
If patients are concerned that their Botox is not working well after the injection, other types of BTA treatments are available and potentially more effective.
Likewise, people can too develop a natural resistance to Botox over time, regardless of whether they received the wax.
In short, as we hope most will agree, a forehead line or two is worth avoiding a potentially deadly virus.
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