When people think of Botox, they typically imagine a middle aged women simply looking to ease up some of the wrinkles on her forehead. While Botox in the forehead is the most popular area to get injected, there are plenty of areas botox can treat that most people might not know about. It may come as a surprise but Allergan, the company that owns the Botox, actually holds close to 800 patents for promising uses of the drug. Since it was approved 30 years ago, the toxin has definitely become the staple of minimally invasive procedures. However, today you can see that more than half of its revenue comes from its therapeutic uses. Therefore, I will be going over just a small handful of the most popular areas and uses that Botox obtains. Before we dive into that, let me start off by going over how Botox work.
How Botox Works:
Botox works on the muscles under the skin to smooth moderate to severe facial lines, and interrupts the signals between nerves and muscles, resulting in a reduction in the muscle contractions that cause frown lines. The forehead, eye area (aka “crow’s feet”), nose or “bunny” lines, and fine lines around the lips are given a smoother and more youthful appearance, while untreated areas of the face remain unaffected.
The following will entail a list some possible uses and areas Botox can treat. Refer to the picture above if you don’t know what something is!
– Diminish the appearance of the “rolls” we receive after year of raising our eyebrows and being facially expressive.
– Smooth the vertical lines (the 11’s) between the eyebrows caused by eyebrow movement and scowling.
– Relax the muscles that pull the brow line down to lift both brows up or make them symmetrical.
– Relax the top lip to reduce a gummy smile.
– Smooth out the little vertical lines on the upper and lower lips caused by daily movement, smoking, and using straws.
– Turn the corners of the mouth up to improve prejowl.
– Dramatically reduce excessive sweating in the underarms, palms, forehead, and feet with Botox.
– Minimize the frequency and severity of chronic migraines by injecting in the upper forehead.
– Relax lines caused by frowning (close to the 11’s).
Under Eye Lines
– Reduce tiny line directly under the eye
– Smooth out the horizontal lines on the nose caused by the squinting, smiles, and/or wiggling the nose.
– Reduce and prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching by relaxing the tense jaw muscle. May also be used to make the face more oval shaped.
– Reduce the appearance of a dimpled, or pitted, chin.
Did you know Botox had all these uses? It really is a miracle worker! If you have any questions or concerns about the many uses of Botox, or would like to see if you are a good candidate for these treatments, please set up a complimentary consultation!