Botox is a well-known, proven and popular cosmetic treatment that is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, primarily on and around the face. The following guide provides an overview on what Botox is, how it is best used and what areas it is good at targeting.
Botox® is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A. This is a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is used in very small doses to treat the signs of aging via injections into the skin. Common treatment areas for Botox are:
- For Fine Lines & Facial Wrinkles around the glabella and forehead
- Wrinkles around the Eyes, often known as ‘Crows Feet’
- For Non-Surgical Jaw Reduction
- Visible Platysmal Neck Bands
- For Lip Fullness and DAO’s for correcting Frown Lines around the Mouth area
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
One of the most common treatment areas for Botox is to target fine lines and wrinkles in the face and this is typically what most of our patients ask us about. Treatment areas for Botox are usually where fine lines and wrinkles occur, such as in the forehead or between the eyebrows. These lines and wrinkles are caused by daily repeated contractions and movement of the facial muscles and get deeper as a person ages. Botox is injected into the problem area and works by freezing the associated muscles and stopping them from contracting, which reduces the ability of the skin to visibly wrinkle.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
Wrinkles around the Eyes “Crow’s Feet”
“Crow’s Feet” is the name given to the dynamic lines which show at the side of the eyes when frowning, squinting or smiling. Over time as a person ages the elastin and collagen in the skin loses its elasticity and this causes wrinkles. The good news is that Crow’s Feet can be treated with Botox – which in fact is currently the only treatment option that has been approved by the FDA as a temporary solution for this area. Botox will reduce these wrinkles around the eyes for up to 4 months.
Non-Surgical Jaw Reduction
One area that some individuals are concerned about is a square or rounded jaw line. Both men and women occasionally look for a way to treat this area and to make their face look a little more V-shaped. The good news is that Botox can be used to make this problem area appear slimmer and although the effects are temporary it does offer a fantastic alternative for those who wish to avoid a surgical procedure. This procedure is known as Botox square jaw reduction or “Botox Masseter reduction” and it targets the masseter muscles on the side of the jawline. Dr. Michele Green offers this treatment in her NYC based office.
Visible Neck Bands
Many people are also concerned about how their neck looks as with age, some sagging, wrinkles and lines can appear. This area requires a combination approach to treat these neck lines and the sagging jowls associated with it. A combination of Kybella or CoolMini is used to reduce the fat under the chin/neck area and Thermage is used to non-invasively tighten the skin in the face/jowls, and neck.
These procedures are often combined with Botox for treating the appearance of neck bands, cords, or the vertical lines that appear in the aging neck. In these instances, Botox is a great treatment for reducing their appearance. Dr. Michele Green will create a treatment protocol based on your individual concerns.
How Fast Does Botox Work and How Long Does It Last?
Botox can be carried out in as little as a 15-minute session and the results from the treatment can be seen within a few days. Generally, patients report that the results of Botox can last, generally between three to six months before a ‘top-up’ is required.
Select a Qualified Dermatologist
One of the great things about Botox is that, on the surface at least, it is a very quick and easy procedure to both do and undertake. Unfortunately, the popularity of Botox and its apparent ease of use can be a problem when the treatment is undertaken by relatively unskilled hands. For those individuals who are looking to undertake Botox treatments (and other procedures for that matter) it is important to do your homework, and research the qualifications of the person who will be carrying out the treatment and to ensure that they know what they are doing.
You should always select a board certified dermatologist with expertise in these cosmetic procedures to have the best cosmetic results. Testimonials on sites such as Real Self are a good place to start to find a qualified dermatologist such as Dr. Green. View patient testimonials.
After Botox, there is no downtime, and one can return to work without any “down time.” It’s worth noting that there are some potential side effects that you should be aware of prior to undertaking the treatment. It is important to discuss any prior cosmetic treatments, illnesses, allergies or medication, with your dermatologist to ensure that the treatment is suitable for your own particular situation.
In addition, some of the side effects that can occur post treatment include temporary bruising, swelling, or headaches. Generally, these post-treatment side effects clear up relatively quickly.
Finally, while Botox has no downtime, you should still take it relatively easy after the treatment and avoid strenuous exercise for the following 24 hours as a precaution. For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Green, contact us online or call our NYC based office at 212 535 3088