Is There A Link Between The COVID-19 Vaccine And Lessened Botox Effects?
Since its introduction as a wrinkle relaxer in 2002, botulinum toxin type A, better known as Botox, has become one of the most popular non-invasive treatments available to consumers looking to smoothen fine lines or stop the development of wrinkles in their tracks. However, recent research on the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine on Botox has caused some concerns.
According to research published in The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, women who received regular Botox injections experienced a marked decrease in the injectable efficacy after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The effect of the injection, which usually lasted for about 118 days before requiring additional treatment, fell to only 96 days before requiring touch-ups.
“While [it] may suggest that Botox is lasting a shorter amount of time, the study is too small to draw any conclusions,” said Dr. Marisa Garshick. According to another expert, Dr. Shari Marchbein, “The fact that there were only 45 people [studied],” and nearly every participant was female, there's no reason you should forgo getting vaccinated in favor of preserving Botox.
It seems that experts aren't entirely convinced that vaccination status has any bearing on Botox's efficacy; plus, there are ways to extend the life of your Botox injections, regardless. Supplementing with a combination of 50 mg of zinc citrate and 3,000 PU of phytase enzyme could lengthen the effects of Botox by almost 30%.