Aging is an inevitable process. Yet, most people wish to delay it as much as possible. As a person grows older, it is common for wrinkles and fine lines to appear. The good news is that Botox injections are available as a solution to minimizing the appearance of aging.
There are a lot of misconceptions about where Botox® can be injected. Before you can offer Botox® injection as a plausible solution to your patients, as a healthcare administrator, it is essential to be well-versed in how the procedure works and what facial areas Botox® can be injected into.
What is Botox®, and how does it work?
Botox injections were originally intended to treat eye spasm and misalignment of eyes. However, since its popularity has increased, Botox® is now used for cosmetic purposes as well. The FDA approved Botox® injection in improving facial features by eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.
Facial expressions like frowning, squinting, and smiling tends to cause fine lines as well. Botox® injections help by relaxing muscles and thereby softening and/or reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox® treatment works by blocking the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays a key role in transmitting electrical messages to the muscles, which tell them to contract and move facial features. By blocking this action, Botox® ensures that these movements are reduced. Some tend to refer to this phenomenon as paralyzing of the facial features temporarily.
Facial areas for Botox®
There are various types of facial areas that can be injected with Botox®. Most patients will find it reassuring that almost all aesthetic concerns that are tied with aging can be mitigated with the help of Botox®. Without having to go under the knife, patients can revitalize their skin and look younger.
Here are the facial areas that can be treated with Botox®.
Frown lines are one of the first age-related marks to appear on the face. In fact, some people tend to develop frown lines early on in their lives. Why is this so? Well, among the different types of expressions that humans have, frowning is one which requires quite a lot of movement and contraction of muscles.
Since it is a very common expression as well, the constant movement and contraction of muscles lead to permanent frown lines to appear. Whether or not a given patient will experience frown lines early on, depends on whether the given person frowns a lot or not.
If they don’t, the austere lines will only appear after the aging process has begun. The fact that Botox® can be injected to remove frown lines is good news for all those who are tired of looking worried, stressed, or cross all the time.
Here, Botox® is injected between the eyebrows. Hence, the permanent accusatory and cross look that the patient may sport is eliminated, ensuring that one looks welcoming and easy-going to others. These lines are sometimes referred to as the “elevens” because typically they are two vertical lines between the eyebrows.
Another common facial area that is one of the first to show the signs of aging is the forehead. The horizontal lines that may only appear when a person is concentrating or confused may become etched forever in the form of forehead wrinkles.
To deal with this issue, healthcare administrators can inject Botox® in the area. Here, the effect is not extreme. Botox® smooths out any fine lines that persist on the forehead.
This change is quite subtle, compared to other Botox® treatments, the effect Botox® has on the forehead is to make a face look more energized than before.
A genuine laugh can light up the room. In fact, people often say that you can tell if someone finds something genuinely funny by whether or not they laugh “with their eyes.” This, along with a “laugh that extends to the eyes” are quite common phrases to describe a genuine laugh.
This is because when someone genuinely laughs, laugh lines tend to appear beside the eyes. In not-so-flattering terms, this is referred to as “crows’ feet.” When someone is young, the laugh lines disappear once you are done laughing. However, as one grows older, these lines become permanent. Botox® injections can be used on the crows’ feet as well to reduce the permanent onset of fine lines, almost instantly.
Does this mean that people who opt to have the lines removed will never get these lines even when they smile or laugh whole-heartedly? Actually, that is the only time such people will get the “crinkles”. Their laugh lines will disappear after they are done smiling.
Bunny lines refer to the lines that some people develop on either side of their nose when they laugh, smile widely or smell something strong. They are the lines that fan out from the inside of your eyes to the bridge of your nose, when you “scrunch” your nose over time. The name may seem adorable to some, but the actual lines are not. In fact, bunny lines are one feature that makes someone look considerably older than they actually are.
Most Botox® treatments tend to focus on forehead wrinkles, many people don’t even realize that their bunny lines are also treatable through Botox® and will smooth out those lines on the nose.
Reducing nasal flare
Some individuals are born with flaring nostrils. This may always make one appear angry and intimidating. People can have wonderful personalities but appear menacing if their facial features are not aligned with their overall persona.
When it comes to nasal flare, a lot of people think that the only solution to the issue is a full-scale highly invasive rhinoplasty. However, this is the last resort.
Before opting for rhinoplasty, Botox injections can act as a potential solution for nasal flare. Botox® injections will reduce the nasal flare and improve the look of the nose.
As people age, to the onlookers, they might begin to seem sad and sulky. This has nothing to do with their internal state and feelings. Instead, this perception is reflected solely due to the natural process of skin drooping.
The corners of the mouth begin drooping when a person starts to age. This may make the individual look unfriendly, sad, and grumpy. Botox® can be injected to the corners of the mouth, in an effort to lift them up. Botox injections work by tightening the skin around the mouth as well as lifting it to its original youthful state.
There are certain fine lines and wrinkles that individuals can live with, while still appearing graceful. There are others which downright spoil one’s appearance and need to be treated.
Even if your patients are fine with their forehead and brow lines, one thing is for certain- they will require a remedy for their orange peel chin. Droopy skin combined with wrinkles on the chin creates an orange peel skin.
Since Botox® can be injected in the chin, the treatment helps in eliminating this issue.
Some patients have very thin lips and others have smiles that expose their gums rather than their teeth when they smile. This occurs when the upper lip of the concerned patient lifts a tad too much.
Thin lips can affect your patients overall appearances. Gummy smiles can snatch the beauty of one’s smile. Botox® can be used to combat both these issues. Botox® can be injected in the lip to make it more luscious as well as to ensure that it doesn’t lift more than required during smiling.
Botox injections don’t just help in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Instead, they can be used to enhance the current features of the face further.
People who have eyebrows that are very low over the eye area can get the issue resolved through Botox®. Botox injections help provide a slight lift to the brows. This ensures that the facial features look better, and the face looks much friendlier than before.
Botox® is an excellent solution for various cosmetic issues. Since it can be injected in a wide variety of facial areas, patients can use the treatment, regardless of what their cosmetic needs are. In case your patients come to you with any of the above-mentioned problems, know that Botox® is one of the best solutions for it.
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