The uses of Botox go far beyond simply reducing wrinkles in the face that contribute to an aged appearance, being effective at reducing sweat gland activity and even enhancing a person’s smile. One overlooked treatment Botox can help with is overly oily skin. If you’re struggling to maintain a radiant, non-greasy complexion, microinjections of Botox may be able to help.
Botox is used primarily to combat wrinkles by diminishing muscle activity in key places in the face. However, when it’s injected directly into the skin, as opposed to the deeper muscle layer, it has a different effect.
The skin is full of sebum (oil) glands that produce a natural oil that moisturizes and protects your skin. This oil is necessary, but in some people, it’s produced in excess amounts, leading to a slick complexion and blemish-prone skin.
Botox can be injected directly into the skin to have a similar effect on oil glands as it does on muscles: reduce their activity. This means people produce less oil and makes their skin easier to control its appearance.
Botox treatments consist of a series of injections of the product directly into the skin where oil production is the most intense. This process takes about an hour as the dermatologist ensures the treatment area is well-covered for the most even and effective results.
Patients of Botox oily skin treatments can see results as soon as the first day following treatment, but the most significant results take about a week, at which point people have noticed up to a 30% reduction in oil. Botox isn’t a permanent solution, so if you want to maintain your results, you’ll need a touch-up appointment about four to six months after the first.
Not only does Botox help reduce oily skin when injected intradermally, it also reduces the size of large pores, helping to tighten up the appearance and make the skin more evenly toned. It can also reduce inflammation that may cause rosacea, helping skin to appear more naturally bright and even for as long as it lasts.
Once you see your full results, you’ll notice that you’re not producing as much oil on a daily basis, while still having some amount of it to perform its essential function. You’ll experience not needing to wipe oil from your skin throughout the day as well as a youthful “matte” complexion that’s easier to control.
At Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery, we understand that no two patients are alike. When you visit our offices to learn more about Botox® treatments and the wrinkle fillers we offer, we’ll take the time to evaluate your skin, understand your aesthetic goals, and develop a treatment plan designed to produce the results you’re after. Get started with your oily skin treatment with Botox by calling a location near you or contacting us online today.