Botox® and other botulinum toxin drugs such as Vistabel®, Dysport® and Azzalure® are potent neurotoxins derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and are all brand names for the anti-wrinkle treatment we tend to call 'Botox'.
The study looked at botulinum toxin injectables more generally - so it’s not just one brand that seems to be affected.
The paper focused on 45 subjects, 89% of whom were female, with an average age of 48.3. Patients who previously returned every 118 days between injections were coming in around 20 days earlier.
The relatively small sample size means that the findings aren’t conclusive and additional research is required to not only confirm that the vaccine shortens the interval between anti-wrinkle treatments, but to also understand why this phenomenon occurs.
Researchers speculate that the immune response created by the shot could see the injected Botulinum substance as a foreign substance in the body and attack it.
In turn, the effects of the toxin quickly wear off as antibodies in the blood stream fight it off.
The study didn't clarify whether contracting the Covid virus itself had a similar impact on the longevity of the treatment.
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