Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available and now we are using it for another indication: to decrease the appearance of pores.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein used for a number of different purposes. Traditionally Botox has been used to address wrinkles associated with facial expressions. These include the horizontal lines seen on the upper forehead when raising the eyebrows, the vertical lines seen between the eyebrows when frowning, and the crow’s feet seen around the eyes when smiling. Botox works by relaxing the muscles and smoothening out the overlying wrinkles.
How does Botox work for pores?
One of the side effects that people notice when they get Botox to treat their wrinkles is an improvement in the appearance of the pores. The Botox can also decrease production of oil in the glands to reduce the size of the pores and to treat oily skin. For such a purpose Botox is used slightly differently. The Botox is diluted more than normal and spread out over the skin surface. Therefore, there are many injection points rather than just a few. Also, the Botox injections are placed in the very surface layers of the skin so that it can best reach the oil glands, in contrast to deeper placement of Botox when used to relax muscles. Usually about 40 units of Botox are used for the entire face. The results of such a Botox treatment are seen in a few days and most people enjoy their results for three to four months.