Dr. Anil Shah Proves Botox Treats Acne

42-15545422Botox has long been the ultimate wrinkle cure for those who want to smooth out wrinkles on the forehead or say goodbye to crows feet, but one doctor has proven that Botox injections can also effectively treat acne.

Chicago plastic surgeon Anil Shah, M.D. has treated approximately 100 patients at his practice to reduce inflammation of the pores and stop the overproduction of sebum that often causes severe acne breakouts and cysts. He injects botulinum toxin directly into the skin so that the pores are ‘frozen’ and therefore cannot produce any more oil. This slows down oil production and may help reduce the rate of acne breakouts.

According to the report in Medical News Today, the technique itself is fairly difficult. The muscle under the skin is only 1/25th of an inch thick, so Botox must be injected only on the very top layer of the skin in order to work on acne breakouts. Going any deeper would result in a partial paralysis of the facial tissues, the same effects that result from injecting Botox into the forehead or around the eyes.

Dr. Shah has published the results of his works in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and continues to offer it at his practice for patients who have not had any success with Accutane, antibiotics, light therapy or other types of acne treatments.

The most immediate effects of Botox for acne is a reduction of oil production throughout the treated area, and even a shrinking of the pores. As the skin becomes more stable and healthier, it can then heal naturally and become more resilient. The natural healing of the unhealthy pores and skin tissues also helps reduce the risk of inflammation and acne breakouts.

Dr. Shah is one of the few doctors in the country to offer Botox treatments for acne, but more doctors may soon be joining him so that patients have more options for achieving clearer skin.

Further Reading

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?

  • With only about a month of summer left, you may be considering going under the knife to maintain that bikini body or be in better shape for next season.  While demand for plastic surgery runs high during the winter months so that patients have time to heal before summer, there is still a significant demand for certain procedures over the warm weather months. According to the results of a recent report by RealSelf.com, patients are still flocking to the plastic surgeon’s office to look “red-carpet ready” or undergo a mini-makeover.