Botox® is often considered “the foundational anti-aging treatment”, or the preventative aging treatment of choice. It is one of the most effective ways to dramatically reduce or remove the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Aesthetic Botox® is used on the face to reduce or remove lines and is FDA-approved to treat Glabellar lines, which are located between the brows, and sometimes referred to as “The 11’s”. It can however also be used to treat a number of different areas on the face, which will be skillfully determined by your board-certified injector, including:
The most common injection site, Botox® works wonders to practically eliminate forehead lines and wrinkles in the forehead area.
Botox® is the only FDA-Approved treatment to correct lines and wrinkles in the Glabella: located between the eyes, sometime’s referred to as “The 11’s”.
Located along either side of the eyes, “Crows Feet” appear as lines stretching toward the temples. Botox® administered in this area can considerably reduce or remove these lines altogether.
Often due to an individual’s muscle contraction pattern or tendency to “squint”, Transverse Nasa lines, referred to as “Bunny Lines”, form on the sides of the nose.
The term Peri-Oral refers to the lines that appear around the mouth, and can be caused by natural muscle movement patterns, and even smoking.
Marionette lines refer to the long creases that can form around the mouth, stretching from the corners of the mouth down to the jawline. Botox® helps release this often unsightly crease.
For those who wish to reduce the indentation on their chin, or chin dimple, Botox® will help lessen the appearance of the depression in the area.
Botox® can be used to manipulate the muscle pattern. In this case, it can be administered at the top of the brow to initiate a lifting effect as the other muscles remain active.
Age-related banding can occur on the neck, and may be eased or treated using delicate injections in the target zone.
Botox® and other neuromodulators, such as Dysport® and Xeomin®, are considered the first line of defense against aging. Not only will it significantly reduce the signs of aging for people who have pre-existing fine lines or wrinkles, but it is widely used as a leading “preventative aging” technique. At the very onset of wrinkle formation, usually in a person’s 20’s or 30’s, patients begin micro-dosing to prevent the facial muscles from creating fine lines to begin with – which if left untreated cause permanent creases to form over years of facial movements, and muscle contractions.
Beginning Botox® from a young age, and continuing a regular regimen of treatments (about 2-3 treatments per year) can prevent wrinkles from developing altogether. For most people, there are no adverse side effects to its use. Maintaining a Botox® regimen will reduce the overall appearance of wrinkles as the targeted facial muscles will begin to shrink.
Botox® is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A or Clostridium Botulinum – an FDA-approved treatment to temporarily reduce or remove lines on the face. When injected in very small doses by a trained medical injector, Botox® temporarily weakens or paralyzes the muscle and releases creases, wrinkles, and furrowing caused by normal facial movement, frowning, or squinting. Botox® achieves this by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles. The muscle, therefore, can no longer contract, thus reducing or altogether removing lines in the face that appear as wrinkles.
Aesthetic Botox® is used on the face to reduce or remove lines. Botox® is FDA-approved to treat Glabellar lines, which are located between the brows, and are sometimes referred to as “The 11’s”. Botox® can however also be used to treat a number of different areas on the face, which will be skillfully determined by your board-certified injector. Following an individualized, custom-tailored treatment plan, your injector may decide to also treat other areas of the face that are experiencing creases or folds as a result of your unique facial movement patterns. Common areas to use Botox® include the forehead, above the brow, along the sides of the nose, at the corners of the mouth, on the chin, or in some rare cases, on the neck.
Botox® can last anywhere from 3 to 12 months, but the longevity depends on how much product (how many “units”) has been used, a person’s metabolism (or activity level), and their unique physiology. The full potential of a treatment is reached in one to two weeks, before very gradually diminishing in effectiveness until it’s been metabolized by the body. Most people undergo about 2-3 treatments of Botox® per year to maintain optimal results. The effectiveness is also highly dependent on the potency (or ratio) of the diluted product (Botox® to saline). The best aesthetic practices will always be transparent about the number of units of Botox® being utilized, which indicates exactly how much of the product is being administered.