Many of you are already familiar with the Botox basics, from knowing that it’s an injectable that smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles to understanding that this neurotoxin works by temporarily immobilizing facial muscles.
What You Probably Know About Botox
You might even know that the three main areas treated with Botox are the glabella, or the frown lines between your eyebrows that are not-so-affectionately referred to as the 11s, the forehead, and the crow’s feet around the eyes, also known as smile lines.
What You May Not Know About Botox
While Botox definitely helps relax muscles, depending on the physiology of the muscle being treated it can also have a lifting effect in one area while having a smoothing effect in others. When treating an area of concern with Botox every 3-4 months, patients enjoy a visible reduction in the fine lines and wrinkles that are formed due to muscle contraction.
Less-Known Areas That Can Be Treated Botox
In addition to frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet, there are a handful of other areas that we commonly treat with Botox, including:
Masseters: The masseters are the muscles you use to chew food. If you clench your teeth from stress or grind your teeth at night, Botox injections in the masseters may help relieve jaw tension and headaches. Masseter Botox can also be used as a facial slimming treatment.
Bunny Lines: Scrunch up your nose. See those little lines that form on the sides of your upper nose? Those are your “bunny lines” and often a few units of Botox on each side does the trick to eliminate them.
DAO: Your depressor anguli oris muscle, or DAO, are the muscles that pull the corners of the mouth down. Treating these muscles with Botox can turn that frown upside down.
Mentalis: Does the skin on your chin scrunch up and look dimpled more than you’d like? Or perhaps you have a horizontal line across your chin? Both of these conditions can be eliminated with a few units of Botox on either side of the chin to relax the mentalis or chin muscle. Wonders can also be worked with filler for a longer-lasting result!
Platysmal Bands: Many women are dissatisfied with the appearance of their platysmal bands, or the vertical bands that run down the neck. Yup—you guessed it: Those can be treated with Botox too!
Hyperhidrosis: Also known as excessive sweating, an unfortunate condition that isn’t related to heat or exercise. Think abnormally sweaty palms and underarms for absolutely no reason at all. Botox can effectively treat hyperhidrosis and get you ready to rock light gray t-shirts again!
Lip Flip: Interested in getting some lift to your upper lip or help to smooth out pesky smokers lines (yes, we call them that even if you have never smoked a day in your life). A small amount of Botox in the upper lip can give you a little lip boost and skin smoothing.
Gummy Smile: If you see more gum than teeth when you smile, this might be the Botox treatment for you! A few small drops of Botox meticulously placed under the nose can help relax the muscle that pulls your upper lip upward and give you a more natural and relaxed-looking smile.
Nostril Slimming: For those with concerns about excess nostril flare, a small amount of Botox placed in each nostril can help reduce the size of your nostrils and limit movement.
Headaches: Botox is also FDA-approved to treat migraines? Come in today to find out more about how we can help treat your chronic headaches with Botox.
Skin Glow: When mixed with hyaluronic acids and some vitamins, Botox can minimize the appearance of pores and give your skin a nice glow when applied superficially with micro-channeling.
Find Out If Botox Is Right For You
If any of these treatment options sound interesting to you, schedule an appointment to come see us soon! Not sure exactly what you’re looking for? Consultations are always a great way to get started and we’re happy to put together a custom treatment plan that is sure to achieve your cosmetic goals. We charge $50 for consults but that money is applied towards any treatment you book.