16 September 2008

Botox, the favoured non-surgical anti-ageing procedure of thousands of cosmetic surgery fans across the world, could have long term effects for people who have been using the treatment for many years.

According to The Telegraph, new research indicates that patients who received regular Botox injections over the course of nine years or more had "significantly" higher brows than those that indulged in the occasional, one off treatment.

Those who repeatedly treated themselves to Botox injections had brows that were 3mm higher than those who did not.

The study sheds new light on the long held view that Botox is a cosmetic surgery procedure with short term wrinkle smoothing effects, with effects wearing off every three to six months.

The newspaper states that the research will be presented at the annual conference of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which is due to take place in Chester this week.

It will be put forward by surgeons that long-term use of Botox can fundamentally alter the anatomy of the face, and is a successful tool in keeping 'brow droop' - a common sign of ageing - at bay.

Anti-ageing cosmetic surgery is enjoying a significant boom this year, with industry bodies eager to share information on this fast expanding sector.

Earlier this month, for instance, the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine held a European Congress on Anti-Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine in Dusseldorf.

In Britain, the most popular anti-ageing procedure in women aged between 50 and 55 is a facelift, while eye bag removal (blepharoplasty) follows close behind.