Is AI-assisted Botox the future of anti-aging skincare? That is the rather clickbait question asked by a recent article in Esquire magazine. Let’s save some time, the answer is a clear “NO”, but that won’t stop people from cramming the latest buzzword into Botox treatment.
While AI can help recognize cancer or collapsed lungs, those are highly data logged and time-sensitive procedures. Botox is an elective medical procedure (not time-sensitive or life-threatening) performed by a licensed expert who will have done so hundreds of times. I suppose an AI can tell a nurse where to stick a needle, and how much Botulinum toxin to administer.
However, I sit convinced AI Botox is still at the “wow, oh wow, that is a gimmick” stage. In the Esquire article, it’s clear that the AI did very little. A human took photos, and an AI procedurally generated some dots. And a human, almost certainly a human who is a Registered Nurse, administered some Botox.
As they will have done many times before, I’m willing to bet that the RN could have carried out the Botox injections without the AI. Likely also faster than the AI, as the medical provider can see real-time feedback as the Botox is injected.
AI could perhaps help improve and streamline the use of Botulinum toxin for migraine treatment. Why? Migraine treatment is not cosmetic, and improving Botox migraine treatment requires data collection of past injections and subjective user feedback.
But paying for AI cosmetic Botox is assuredly a waste of money. AI cosmetic Botox is a waste of money in a house, a waste of money with a mouse. Southlake Botox, Northlake Botox, or Westlake Botox is fine if you like, but Eastlake AI Botox is a waste of money, at least now.
AI botox sounds a lot like the story of the Mechanical Terk — all theatrics powered by human intelligence.
I called the article clickbait because it starts with the narrative of robot administered botox, free of human contact. Something pretty quickly dispelled by the piece. That said, the way AI will impact people’s expectations of Botox and other cosmetics will likely be profound. Botox offers some cosmetic benefits, real Botox but….
AI cosmetics, like VFX skin smoothing effects I use weekly in Zoom meetings are just the beginning. I want to deepfake myself to look like Halle Berry or Heidi Klum. And with a massive industry igniting around deepfakes, looking hot in virtual meetings and high-end graphics cards, that may happen.