While Botox is most commonly associated with the face, there are many areas of the body where you can get this cosmetic treatment injected. Maybe you’ve had this non-surgical procedure before and enjoyed the results, or maybe you’re considering Botox but aren’t sure which areas you want to treat. In this article, we’ll help you understand the four common areas of the body where you can get a Botox injection and the related cosmetic problems that Botox resolves.
First, it’s important to understand the purpose of Botox, so you can better understand its use across the body.
What Does Botox Do?
Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that relaxes the muscles surrounding the injection site. This temporary muscle weakness improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles. However, in addition to cosmetic purposes, Botox addresses medical issues such as treating migraines and sweating.
Because Botox has a wide range of cosmetic issues it can treat, this nonsurgical procedure can treat many different parts of the body. These include the face, neck, breasts, armpits, buttocks, and stomach.
Botox For the Face
Most commonly, you can get Botox injections in the face. Signs of aging are most noticeable on the face, making this a target area for treating wrinkles and lines. There are many types of cosmetic problems found on the face that Botox can treat. This includes forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, bunny lines, lines around the lips, and Glabellar lines.
Wrinkles and lines on the forehead are prominent signs of aging. When you make facial expressions, you’re almost always moving the muscles in your forehead. Over time this develops deep creases that you can’t fully cover up with makeup or resolve with other types of treatments.
Botox relaxes these overused muscles in the forehead to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and create a smooth, more youthful look.
The small lines that appear near the corners of your eyes are known as Crow’s Feet. Just like forehead wrinkles, Crow’s Feet develops due to muscle use. With such thin skin around the eyes, these wrinkles are especially visible and are often exacerbated by smiling or laughing.
Botox relaxes the muscles near the eye to reduce wrinkles without making the skin look stretched.
Frown lines are the wrinkles and creases that appear between your eyebrows. Muscle movement, sun damage, and thinning skin can all cause frown lines. These lines not only make you look older, but they also make you look angry or tired. Botox injections smooth out this area to make your appearance smoother and kinder.
The lines that form diagonally and on either side of your nose are known as bunny lines. Bunny lines are most visible when you scrunch your nose or smile, although they can still be visible when you relax your face, depending on their severity. Bunny lines are attributed to age and the loss of elasticity in your skin. Over time, these muscle movements cause creases that last.
Botox relaxes the muscles around your nose to reduce the appearance of wrinkles even when you scrunch your nose.
Marionette lines are the vertical wrinkles that run from the corners of the mouth toward the jawline. These lines often cause sagging in the lower third of your face and down toward your neck. Aging, sun exposure, stress, and poor nutrition can all cause marionette lines.
Botox smooths out the skin from your mouth to your chin for a smoother, tighter, more youthful appearance.
Botox For the Neck
Another common area for Botox injections is the neck. The neck is also vulnerable to signs of aging in the form of wrinkles, lines, and thinning skin.
The skin on the neck is naturally thin, so it loses collagen and sags when you age. This makes the muscles in your neck, also known as vertical bands, more visible. Genetics, weight loss, and muscle usage also cause vertical lines.
When injected into these vertical muscles, Botox reduces their prominence so the skin can appear smoother.
When you have a double chin, your face and neck are both impacted. A double chin is an extra layer of fat beneath the jawline. Sagging skin due to age, weight fluctuations, and genetics can all cause a double chin.
Botox helps reduce the size of muscles in the jawline that contribute to double chin. This slims down the appearance of your lower face and neck.
Botox injected into the breasts acts as a non-surgical boob job. Botox is injected into the pectoral muscles. When these muscles relax, your back muscles must compensate, which results in a lifted appearance to your breasts.
Armpits & Buttocks
Getting Botox injections in your armpits or buttocks isn’t something done for cosmetic reasons. This medical treatment is designed to address Hyperhidrosis Disorder, which causes excessive sweating. Botox helps reduce sweating by blocking the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.
Botox injections in the stomach can help if you’re interested in weight loss. This works by limiting the muscle contractions in the stomach, which will cause you to feel a lack of appetite. By reducing your appetite, you’ll consume less food and lose weight over time.
Botox is a versatile injection that can fulfill cosmetic and medical purposes. The face will always be the most common area of the body to receive this injection because Botox is used primarily to improve appearance. However, other options are available for those who want treatment to their armpits, stomach, or neck.
If you want to discuss which area of your body is right for Botox, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon.