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3 Popular Facial Areas for Botox®

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 4.5 million people chose Botox® to smooth out their facial wrinkles in 2019 alone. That makes Botox the top-ranking procedure in its category — again. Several factors contribute to the ongoing popularity of this minimally invasive treatment, including the long-lasting results, the instant gratification, the lack of down time, and the proven safety.

At Lakeview Dermatology in Lake Worth, Texas, Dr. Matthew Mittelbronn expertly administers Botox injections with a skillful hand and an artistic eye. It’s important to choose a qualified medical professional like Dr. Mittelbronn to oversee your Botox treatments, because in the hands of an inexperienced administrator, you may end up with an undesirable aesthetic or medical side effects. 

A consultation with Dr. Mittelbronn can help you determine if Botox is right for you and if so, the best treatment sites to achieve your goals. 

What Is Botox and How Does It Work?

Botox was developed from a potentially dangerous bacterial toxin called botulinum toxin that causes ‘botulism’.  Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a refined form of this toxin that works to improve wrinkles by weakening the muscles that are causing the wrinkles, allowing them to soften over time. To accomplish this, the drug is carefully injected into strategic areas at precise depths to block the nerves that make your muscle contract and crease your skin. 

It works extremely well on the lines caused by facial expressions, but not for crepey wrinkles caused by sun damage or weakened skin tissue. While Botox is often used off-label on many facial areas and neck, the three most common areas are those that are FDA-approved for Botox treatment and are generally the most satisfying for patients.  These are the forehead, glabella and crow’s feet.

Forehead lines

While some people have naturally deep horizontal lines across their forehead, most people develop them slowly over time. Worry and stress are major contributors because the expressions you make when you feel those emotions contract the muscles in your forehead and crease your skin. 

As your skin weakens with age and loses collagen, it can’t recover it’s normal tone and it tends to remain in the wrinkled state.

Botox relaxes the muscles and prevents them from contracting, which gives your forehead a chance to smooth out again. 

Crow’s feet

Every time you laugh or smile, the skin at the outer corners of your eyes wrinkles. These lines are a visible display of joy and a sign that your happiness is genuine. However, over time, these lines may become etched into your skin and make you look old, rather than happy. 

If you want to show your laugh lines only when you’re laughing, Botox can ease the muscular activity and help smooth the delicate skin at the corners of your eyes.

Glabellar lines

Glabellar lines appear in the space between your eyebrows and have a couple of nicknames, including frown lines, vertical 11s, or angry 11s. Whatever you call them, you likely wish they weren’t so prominent on your face. 

Botox injected into this area relaxes the muscles and helps minimize those vertical lines so you don’t look perpetually angry. 

How Many Botox injections Do I Need?

When you come in for a consultation with Dr. Mittelbronn, he will evaluate your skin and facial features as well as your overall health to determine if Botox can help you reach your aesthetic goals. The number of injections you will need depends entirely on the location and number of  treatment areas. But no matter the number of areas, the treatment itself typically takes no more than about 10 minutes.

Botox is a temporary treatment that wears off in about four to six months, so it’s a good idea to schedule maintenance sessions to keep your relaxed, youthful look going. To find out more about Botox and whether it’s right for you, call our friendly staff today to schedule a consultation appointment

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