Many patients consider themselves to look five or six years younger following BOTOX® cosmetic surgery, a new study has shown.
The research, which looked at data from multiple studies, found that 63 per cent of patients who received BOTOX® cosmetic treatment for multiple upper facial lines reported looking younger than their actual age, compared to just 23 per cent of patients who received placebos.
Steven Fagien, researcher and oculoplastic surgeon, commented: "We found a sizeable proportion of patients perceived they looked younger than their current age following treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic – an outcome that is an important goal for many patients seeking medical aesthetic treatments."
Four weeks after treatment, 249 patients from five clinical studies were asked to indicate whether they felt they looked their current age, younger, or older.
Of those patients who had received Botox treatment for glabellar lines, the vertical 'frown' lines between the brows, 39 per cent said they looked on average five to six years younger than their actual age.
Nearly 45 per cent of patients who had been treated for crow's feet and 62.5 per cent of patients who had been treated for multiple facial lines in the forehead area said that they looked younger than their current age.
Alastair Carruthers, cosmetic dermasurgeon and co-investigator in the study, commented: "Patients treated for multiple facial lines perceived that they looked younger than those who were treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic for glabellar lines or crow's feet alone.
"This suggests that the overall, subtle smoothing in the appearance of facial lines achieved by treating multiple areas may be an important factor in a patient's perception of looking younger," he added.
The findings were presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Academy '06 meeting in San Diego and are reported to be the first to accurately assess patients' perception of age following BOTOX® cosmetic treatment.