Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment and has earned its reputation as the miracle wrinkle remover. A Botox cosmetic treatment removes wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles. It’s most commonly used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, but it also benefits numerous other medical conditions such as migraine headaches, excess sweating, and leaky bladders.
What is Botox?
Botox is derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. It’s actually one of the most poisonous substances known to man but is proven to be a valuable therapeutic protein for many medical and cosmetic applications.
Botulinum toxin is injected into humans in minuscule concentrations – what’s known as onabotulinumtoxina treatment – and paralyzes muscles by preventing the signals from nerve cells that control muscle movement.
Where Can Botox be Injected?
We’re all unique; our smiles are unique, our frowns are unique, and so where wrinkles form on our face differ from person to person as well. The areas on the Botox can treat are:
Botox is used to smooth the frown lines, the vertical creases between the eyebrows, which make us look tired or angry.
It’s used on the forehead to smooth what’s sometimes called the “surprise lines” that appear when eyebrows are raised. Genetic aging causes horizontal forehead lines.
Botox can smooth the “bunny lines” that appear as nose wrinkles, for example when we smell something.
Aging causes eyebrows to drop, creating a hooded appearance. Botox cosmetic treatment can lift and sculpt the eyebrows in what’s known as a “chemical brow lift.” An experienced practitioner will inject a careful combination of areas on the upper face to lift droopy lids.
Botox is used to smooth “crows feet,” which are the fine lines that appear at the outer corners of our eyes as we age. This is one of the most popular areas for Botox treatment.
Botox can help smooth fine lines underneath the eyes in the tear trough, although this area must be approached with caution as the muscle injected is the same one that partly controls the lower eyelid. If injected incorrectly, it can lead to a drop of the lower eyelid, emphasizing the need to see an experienced practitioner.
Another of the most common areas for non-surgical cosmetic treatment is the lipstick lines that appear around the mouth as we age. Practitioners typically recommend treating these with dermal fillers rather than Botox, because of the many muscles in the area that we use when we smile. Botox can be injected in the corners of the mouth to help turn the corners up, reducing the appearance of frowning.
Our chins can become dimpled and puckered as we age, which is exacerbated by things like tissue loss, sun damage, bone loss, and gum recession. Botox can relax these muscles to smooth the dimpled appearance.
A Botox cosmetic treatment can also smooth creases in the neck. Some people develop horizontal creases, while others, particularly people who exercise a lot, develop vertical lines in the neck. Both can be effectively treated with Botox.