Botox treatment can be done in different areas of our face for different purposes.
Botox applications on the upper face
Botox treatment is used frequently and effectively on the upper part of the face. Transverse wrinkles of the forehead and transverse and vertical wrinkles of the glabella can disappear after meticulous botox applications with protection of the facial expression. The supratrochlear nerve passes through the corrugator supercili and the depressor supercili muscles in the glabella and the contraction of these muscles can compress the nerve and cause the onset of migraine attacks in some people. Botox applications in this region will prevent muscle contraction and nerve compression and may prevent migraine attacks. The FDA has been approving botox in the treatment of chronic migraine since 2010.
Botox applications in the middle of the face
The orbicularis oculi muscle surrounds our eyes in a circular manner and allows us to close our eyelids. When the orbicularis oculi muscle contracts the crow’s feet on the edge of the eyelids occur. These wrinkles begin to become apparent at the age of 30s. This muscle also pulls our eyebrows down. If botox is performed on the appropriate points in the orbicularis oculi muscle, the crow’s feet disappear, and especially the lateral parts of the eyebrows lift up. The complete lifting of the eyebrows is not desirable because it gives an astonished expression. However, the lifting of the lateral parts contributes positively to the eyelid aesthetics.
The rabbit lines on the upper sides of the nose, which become apparent during smiling in some people, can also be treated with botox. Smiling causes a deformity at the nose and the upper lip for some poeple. This deformity includes drooping of the nasal tip, elevation and shorting of the upper lip, and increased maxillary gingival show that also has been called ‘‘rhinogingivolabial syndrome’’. The cause of this deformity is the depressor septi muscle between the upper lip and the tip of the nose. The appropriate dose of botox into this muscle will provide a more aesthetic and harmonious smile.
Botox applications on the lower part of the face
Especially vertical wrinkles on the upper lip which are mostly observed in smokers benefit from botox treatment. However, these wrinkles should not be completely treated with botox because excessive botox to the lip muscles may lead to impairment in speech and expression. Botox should be combined with hyaluronic acid filler.
Marionette lines that give unhappy expression to the face descend from the corner of the mouth to the jaw. These lines are formed by the work of the muscle called depressor anguli oris. The depth of these wrinkles can be reduced by botox injections to the depressor anguli oris muscle. Blocking all movements of the muscle can disrupt the expression of the face and speech. If it is done together with the hyaluronic acid filler, better results are obtained.
In some people, the small size of the chin may be due to the excessive work of the mentalis muscle. The mentalis muscle is located at the tip of the chin. When the mentalis muscle is contracted, it pulls up the soft tissue of the chin and lower lip. The cases in which the muscle is hyperactive, the chin appears short. If a suitable amount of botox is injected into the appropriate sites in the mentalis muscle, the chin will appear longer as the muscle contractions will be reduced.
The masseter muscle originates at the cheekbone and ends at the corner of the chin. In some people, this muscle becomes very prominent due to congenital or nighttime grinding of the teeth and shows the lower jaw wide. Very wide and angular lower jaw can be treated with botox injections to the masseter muscle. Botox reduces the volume of this muscle and treats teeth grinding at night. In addition, the square appearance of the face disappears and face becomes more oval and beautiful.
Botox Treatment for Excessive Sweating
The axillary sweating (Axillary hyperhidrosis) is a problem that affects many people’s social and professional lives. Excessive axillary sweating starts at a younger age and affects both men and women equally. Botox has been used effectively to treat this problem since 1996. The problem of excessive sweating is also observed in the hands and less frequently in the feet. Those problems may affect a person’s social life and professional life much more than armpit sweating. Botox is effectively treated this problem.
Who can be applied aesthetic botox treatment?
Aesthetic botox treatment can be done to anyone who has aforementioned problems and is over 18 years of age. Although there is no negative report about botox treatment in pregnant women and nursing mothers, I still do not recommend botox treatment to them. In addition, aesthetic botox treatment is not recommended for people with muscle and nerve disorders because it may increase their symptoms.
How is Botox Treatment Applied?
Botox treatment is usually done during a short visit to the office, so it can often be called a lunch break procedure. The injection site is anesthetized with anesthetic cream and cold application. During treatment, a very fine needle is used to give apply botox.
What is Expected After Botox Therapy?
After botox injections, you can return to work and engage in other normal daily activities immediately. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for the rest of the day after treatment. Head down positions should be avoided for the first three to four hours following treatment. If the head is in too low position, the botox may affect the surrounding muscles and may lead adverse effects. Redness and swelling may occur in the first day of treatment. Sometimes slight ecchymosis may also occur, but dissolves in a short period of time. Positive results are observed after 5 to 7 days after injection. The average duration of action is four to six months.