Botox is a popular cosmetic anti-wrinkle treatment. Initially used mainly by celebrities, Botox is now widely used by all women and men who want to maintain smooth, youthful-looking skin.
In this article, we’ll explain how Botox works and which facial areas it treats.
How Botox Works and Why It’s Used?
Botox is a brand name for Botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin produced by bacteria Clostridium botulinum and processed into powder form.
Botox is lethal in large amounts, but the medical and cosmetic industries use small, carefully researched doses for therapeutic and aesthetic purposes.
In medicine, Botox is used to treat conditions such as overactive bladder, incontinence, headache, and muscle stiffness.
In cosmetics, it is used to treat moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles. Medical practitioners mix it with Sodium chloride and then inject the solution into the treatment area. The neurotoxin blocks nerve signals to underlying muscles, paralyzing the muscles and preventing repetitive facial expressions that form wrinkles.
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What are Botox Areas and Where is Botox Injected?
Botox is most effective for treating dynamic wrinkles. They form over time due to repetitive facial movements. Such wrinkles mostly appear in the upper facial area.
The FDA approved the following dynamic wrinkle areas for Botox treatment:
- Glabellar lines (frown lines between the eyebrows)
- Crow’s feet (lines at the outer corner of the eye)
- Forehead lines (horizontal lines across the forehead)
However, medical practitioners commonly use Botox for “off-label” applications. These additional Botox treatment areas are:
- Chin wrinkles
- Nose wrinkles (bunny lines)
- Lines around the mouth
- Neck wrinkles
Some wrinkles in these off-label areas are caused by bone and tissue loss that come with aging. They may be better treated with dermal fillers or a combination of Botox and dermal fillers. Your provider will recommend the best course of action for you.
Below, we describe some of the common Botox areas. Identify what wrinkles you may want to treat so that you can have an informed conversation with your medical practitioner.
Glabellar (Frown) Lines
Frown lines are vertical lines above the nose and between the eyebrows. They form due to repetitive frowning and squinting. Botox injections smooth the skin in this area and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Crow’s feet are one of the first signs of aging, usually appearing in our 20s. They are lines that spread from the outer corners of our eyes. Botox efficiently removes them and gives the face a fresher look.
Horizontal lines on the forehead become more prominent as we age. Botox can subtly reduce their appearance.
Bone and tissue loss that come with age contribute to wrinkling of the chin skin. Botox is used to freeze muscles in this area and smooth out chin wrinkles.
Bunny lines appear on the nose when we wrinkle it. Botox is applied to both sides of the nose to reduce the appearance of bunny lines.
Eyebrows can droop with age, pulling the upper eyelids down and causing a tired look. The right amount of Botox in the area right under the eyebrow lifts and defines the brows.
Lines Around the Mouth
Wrinkles above the lips and around the corners of the mouth are a common sign of aging. They can worsen with smoking. They become more visible with age and when you pucker up your lips. You can reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth with Botox, although dermal fillers are more commonly used for this area.
You may be surprised one day to find parallel, horizontal lines on your neck. They appear with age. They may appear earlier in life due to tech neck, a condition caused by frequent cell phone usage and constantly looking down. Botox efficiently rejuvenates the skin in this area.
Botox is becoming a routine beauty procedure for people who want to reverse or postpone the most common signs of aging – wrinkles.
The treatment efficiently reduces the appearance of wrinkles, but it is important to have a board-certified, skilled cosmetic professional administer the injections. The success of the procedure depends on the accurate dosage and precise Botox administration. Otherwise, you may end up with a crooked smile, asymmetric eyebrows, an overly surprised look, or other unwanted results.