Botox is a cosmetic injection that treats skin issues almost anywhere on the face, from your forehead to the lower areas around your mouth. This cosmetic treatment commonly addresses signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines for a smoother, more youthful appearance.
The procedure itself only takes a few minutes and doesn’t involve anesthesia. On average, you can expect to see full Botox results in about one to two weeks, and the effect lasts anywhere from three to six months.
What is Botox Used For?
Botox is a cosmetic treatment primarily used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It treats signs of aging by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles causing them to relax. This means Botox can only treat muscle-related wrinkles and not wrinkles that result from sun damage.
Botox treatments can target the upper face, eyes, and lower face depending on where you have wrinkles. Below are some of the common areas on the face that Botox can treat.
Frown lines appear vertically between your eyebrows and can make you appear tense or angry when you aren’t. Botox injections can treat these fine lines by relaxing the muscles and gently raising the eyebrows for a smoother complexion.
Forehead lines are horizontal wrinkles that stretch across your forehead above your eyebrows. These most commonly form from age, but can develop due to stress, genetics, repeated facial expressions, and much more. Botox can smooth these horizontal lines on your forehead, giving you a smoother and youthful appearance.
Bunny lines are diagonal facial wrinkles that appear on the nose when you make certain facial expressions. Injecting botox on the side of the nose can quickly and easily smooth your wrinkles.
Hooded eyes refer to extra skin in the space between your eyebrow and eye that looks like a small flap. Botox can alleviate the muscles around the eyebrow and cause it to rise, pulling the extra skin up with it.
Crow’s feet refer to the mostly horizontal wrinkles that form at the edge of your eyes. There are two different types of crow’s feet: static and dynamic. Aging causes static crow’s feet, while repeated facial expressions cause dynamic crow’s feet. Botox injections relax the muscles around the corners of the eyes and can treat both types of crow’s feet.
You don’t need to be a smoker to have smoker’s lines. They form as vertical lines and creases on the top and bottom of your lips. These lines appear with age and repeated mouth movement. Botox relaxes the muscles around your lips and reduces the look of smoker’s lines.
Marionette lines are vertical wrinkles that form between the mouth and chin. They develop naturally as we age and get their name from the resemblance to marionette puppets. This area of your face is more likely to form wrinkles due to the movement of your mouth. Relaxing the muscles around your mouth with Botox will smooth the skin for a more youthful appearance.
Neck bands are vertical muscles in our neck that become more prominent with age. They appear when you clench your teeth, grimace, or are under heavy stress or anxiety, which can cause the muscles in your neck to contract forcefully. Botox can relax these strained muscles and cause them to be less noticeable on your neck, giving you a more youthful and less stressed appearance.
Can You Get Botox on Other Parts of the Body?
While the face is the most common place to get Botox injections, Botox is used all over the body to treat issues such as hyperhidrosis/sweating, spasms, and headaches in addition to other cosmetic treatments. Specifically, you can get Botox on the armpit, hands, feet, stomach, scalp, neck, legs, and more.
If you have signs of aging on your upper face, lower face, or eyes, you can talk with a double board-certified plastic surgeon by calling Dr. Dominic Castellano from Elite Facial Plastic Surgery at (813) 638-0180.