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Botox is an effective treatment for facial expression wrinkles in the upper face:

  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines between the brows
  • Crows feet
Wrinkles Prior to Botox Treatment| Forehead Lines & Crows Feet

Patient’s wrinkles prior to her Botox treatment

Excessive muscle contractions can form grooves and creases on the skin. Over time, they can become deeper. Relaxing these muscles can be an effective way to reduce unwanted wrinkles on the skin.

Botox can also be used to lift sagging eyebrows to create a more youthful, energized look for a patient’s appearance.

The injection is safest for use in the upper portion of the face. Applying it near the mouth may impede important motor functions like speaking and eating.

What Exactly Is Botox?

Botox is a type of protein that is derived from the Clostridium bacteria. This extraction then undergoes purification to remove extraneous structures.

Initially the drug was intended to treat eye muscle spasms. And during the clinical trials, patients often experienced significant reductions in their crows feet wrinkles around their eyes. Researchers then started to investigate Botox’s potential as a cosmetic treatment. In 2002, it was approved by the FDA for use in this area.

Crows Feet Lines

Crows feet wrinkles are caused by laughing, smiling and squinting. However, their appearance can be improved by injecting Botox to relax the orbicularis oculi muscles for a more youthful looking appearance.

Frown Lines

Frown lines result from the contraction of the glabellar muscles between and slightly above the brows.  Strategically applying Botox to this area can eliminate or reduce the appearance of vertical creases. Many patients feel that their “elevens” cause them to look angry and unapproachable to others. And this reason is what often causes them to seek treatment with Botox.

Forehead Lines

Rumpled forehead creases are caused by skin laxity as well as muscle contractions in this area. When used to create a more youthful looking forehead, Botox is injected into the frontalis muscles.  Here are two types of contractions that can be targeted:

  1. lateral brow contractions in the upper forehead which cause patients to appear depressed
  2. medial brow contractions in the lower and middle parts of the forehead which create the appearance of worry or anger.

When speaking to a doctor about using Botox for the forehead, it may help to clarify the which of these areas to address, if not both.

Eyebrows

Due to age, the muscles in a person’s face can atrophy, causing the eyebrows to droop. However, this can be reversed through the use of Botox. The position and movement of the brows are controlled by opposite sets of muscles. So injecting the muscles that pull the medial ends of the brows down (depressor muscles) will cause the other set to lift them upwards by a few millimeters.

How Botox Works

The muscles in our body contracts when they receive chemical signals from nerves.

As an injectable drug, Botox will prevent the release of acetylcholine from nerve fibers. This causes the respective muscle fibers to relax so that they are unable to crease the skin.

Patients are usually able to see a drastic reduction in their wrinkles within a week.

Duration of Botox

On average, Botox can be expected to last between 3-4 months. Once the injection wears off, the original wrinkles will become apparent with their original size and depth.

Who Is Qualified to Inject Botox

Due to the demand for Botox, the injection treatments are being offered by many types of service providers including doctors who specialize in other areas like dentistry or orthodontics. It is also sometimes administered in non-medical settings like Botox parties held at hotels or someone’s house.

Sometimes, Botox is offered at drastically lowered costs. However, anyone who is interested in undergoing these procedures must aim for safe and positive experiences. This involves understanding:

  1. what qualifications to look for in a service provider
  2. who is allowed to inject Botox
  3. the role of the Botox doctor within their business organization

Legally, Botox can be injected by a doctor with only a medical degree. However, a higher level of specialization contributes to a better overall experience and quality of results. The doctor must have a very detailed understanding of the nerves and muscles in the face.  A physician who is board certified in dermatology or plastic surgery will possess this level of knowledge. Therefore, it is best to seek help from this type of specialist.

Botox can also be administered by nurses or physicians’ assistants, but only in the presence of a doctor. Some businesses simply hire physicians as directors who are not always present during actual procedures. This is done to cut down on costs. However, it is not allowed by law.

Although Botox parties are performed by physicians, it is recommended that the drug is administered within a medical clinic which is better equipped to handle emergencies should they arise.

What to Discuss With A Botox Doctor

Besides their aesthetic goals, patients may want to discuss the following areas with their provider:

  1. potential for adverse reactions and side effects
  2. who will be performing the injections
  3. whether or not the actual Botox product is being used.

Although rare, some clinics will attempt to use imitation versions of Botox. These products are produced in countries like China and India. It is also possible that strong concentrations of the botulinum toxin (used on research animals) are used and diluted by the practice to reduce costs.

Patients should feel free to request seeing the actual bottle being used for their procedure. Official Botox is manufactured by Allergan and has a hologram on the label.

Contraindications and Side Effects of Botox

Botox has the potential for unwanted side effects like all drugs.  Common issues include:

  1. flu- like symptoms
  2. bruises
  3. headaches

Botox should not be administered in pregnant women or those with protein allergies.

Patient Photos

Botox is often used by regular, everyday individuals to rejuvenate and refresh their appearance. The goal for each patient should be to achieve the most natural and flattering results for their individual appearance.

Despite their cosmetic applications, it is important to remember that Botox requires  medical  expertise since  the muscles and nerves are affected.

The quality of the outcome depends on who is administering it.  Results can be very safe and natural looking in the hands of an experienced board certified dermatologist like Dr. Umar.

Here is a patient example. Focus areas for the treatment include:

Botox Services in Los Angeles|Patient Photos

Los Angeles patient who underwent a procedure where Botox was used for multiple treatment areas on her face, including her eyebrows. Here are before and after pictures.

Botox Services| Los Angeles Patient Forehead Line Reduction

Botox used to treat forehead wrinkles

Botox Services|Frown Line Treatment on Female Patient

Botox for frown lines

Crows Feet Reduction| Best Botox Services - Los Angeles

Crows feet before and after Botox treatment

This patient’s procedure targeted forehead lines and crows feet.

Botox Services| Horizontal Forehead Creases- Los Angeles

Results of Botox treatment for addressing wrinkled forehead

Botox Services| Mild Crows Feet Wrinkles| Los Angeles

Botox was able to significantly reduce the appearance of crows feet in this patient

Patient Videos

The videos for these patient cases can be seen here:

More information about this patient’s treatment experience can be found here.

 

Which Wrinkle Treatment Is Right For You?

Fine Touch Dermatology offers free consultations to patients who are interested in getting rid of wrinkles with Botox injections. If you are interested in having your questions answered and learning more about which options would be best for your wrinkle treatment goals, sign up for a consultation today. Fill out our online form at the top. Or call us directly at 877-337-6424.