Botox is a medication that can be injected into the muscles underneath the skin to impede muscle movements that lead to expression lines and wrinkles to help restore or prolong a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Botox can significantly improve the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines.
Botox can be administered in the masseters (jaw muscles) to create a slimmer, V-shaped face appearance. Additional benefits of Botox masseter reduction include relieving of TMJ and jaw tension and reducing teeth grinding at night.
Various factors can contribute to the appearance of forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet, including sun exposure, smoking, dehydrated skin, and natural aging. These wrinkles are always dynamic at first, meaning they are apparent only when we make certain facial expressions, i.e., from smiling, laughing, squinting, raising our brows, frowning etc. Over time, with repeated use of the muscles and as we lose collagen and elastin in the skin, the wrinkles will become static and existent even without expression. If these expression lines are left untreated, they will become deeper and longer as we age. That is why it is helpful to introduce Preventative Botox – introducing Botox earlier in our anti-aging journey to prevent expression lines and wrinkles from developing, worsening and becoming static (existent even without expression).
Botox works by temporarily blocking the transmission of the nerve impulses to the muscles and decrease muscle activity that cause expression wrinkles.
Injecting Botox in one area such as the crow’s feet may take as little as 10 minutes. If other areas are treated such as the forehead and glabella (frown lines), then it could take 20-30 minutes.
Cost is dependent on the number of units required for the individual patient.
Optimal results are reached between 7-14 days for most areas. For Botox masseter reduction, it may take 2-4 weeks to achieve results.
Botox treatment results typically last for a couple of months. For the first 3 treatments, microbotox should be done 3-4 months apart for optimal results.
When you stop treatment, the muscles that were relaxed will gradually become active again and the crow’s feet will reappear. It will not make it worse. As a matter of fact, consistent treatments over time will actually slow the aging process by helping to prevent the development and deepening of the wrinkles.
Follow treatment, there will be small papules that will subside in about 20 minutes. Many patients are able to undergo this treatment during their lunch break and go back to work without anyone noticing, hence it’s often called the lunchtime treatment.
Side effects are generally minimal and many patients may not experience any at all. However, you may occasionally have light bruising, injection marks, pain at the injection site, swelling, and redness around the injected area, although this should not last long. Infrequently, patients may experience discomfort of affected muscles, or drooping of upper eyelid muscles. These side effects usually resolve itself over time and are rare cases. If there is an allergic reaction, or other allergy symptoms of Botox like severe itching, rash, and dizziness, these responses should be treated immediately by medical healthcare providers. However, again, this is an extremely rare case.
When Botox is injected by a skillful professional injector, this should not occur.
Botox for jawline reduction is a nonsurgical, injectable procedure that uses Botox to soften and feminize the contour of the lower face by shrinking the large masseter muscles that are attached to the angles of the jawbone. In case of jawline reduction, it takes 2-4 weeks to get full effects and results last about 5-6 months.
More and more men are doing this treatment to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and as a preventative measure to prevent new wrinkles and lines from forming.
In 2015, a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that the number of men getting injections increased by 337 percent since 2000. Men are primarily getting Botox injected in their upper face, particularly to reduce the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet around their eyes.
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