What Kind of Wrinkles Can Botox Injections Fix?
In 2002, Botox was the very first brand approved for use in treating moderate to severe glabellar (forehead) wrinkles. Today, Botox treats many different facial wrinkles – and is approved for the treatment of more areas than any other similar product or brand.
The location of the wrinkle, and its type and severity, will determine how well Botox injections will work on a particular facial line. In this article we discuss which wrinkles Botox treats the best
Areas of the Face Botox Can Work On
The FDA has approved the use of Botox injections to soften moderate to severe lines in the upper facial area, including canthal lines (“crow’s feet”), glabellar lines (“elevens” or “frown lines”), and forehead lines. Botox injections can temporarily relax the muscles in these areas, softening lines.
Glabellar lines are the vertical lines between the eyebrows that extend upward into the forehead about one centimeter. They are sometimes referred to as “elevens” or frown lines. Glabellar lines are usually the first wrinkles to appear – even as early as the mid 20s – and can make a person appear older than they are. Botox is ideal for treating these lines.
The canthus is the area on the side of the eyes where the upper lid meets the lower lid. Lines along the canthus are commonly referred to as crow’s feet. Botox is also excellent at treating wrinkles and lines in this area.
Although Botox is most commonly used in the upper facial area, it can also be used in lips to help treat a “gummy” smile. A skilled, experienced Botox doctor can correctly inject lips to cause the surrounding muscles to relax. Sometimes called a “lip flip” Botox injections in this area makes lips appear larger, and allow the lips to covers more of the gums when smiling.
Types of Wrinkles Botox Can Work On
Botox works best on “dynamic” facial wrinkles, which are the lines created by the repeated movements of muscles. Botox injections block the muscle’s ability to move, therefore lines are softened. Dynamic facial wrinkles caused by muscle movements like smiling, such as the crow’s feet, – or forehead lines caused by frowning or squinting – can see great results from Botox injections.
However, lines on the face caused by aging, sun damage or other factors are called static wrinkles. These lines are visible on the face without muscle movement, when the face is at rest. Because static wrinkles exist without muscle movement, Botox is not generally helpful on these areas. However, other treatments we offer, including microneedling, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing are effective at treating static wrinkles.
Chemical facial peels and IPL laser treatments work exceptionally well on static wrinkles. These procedures can also be combined with Botox injections for a full complement of wrinkle reducing treatments!
Ann Arbor’s Best Botox
If you are bothered by “elevens”, crow’s feet, or lines between, around or above your eyes, schedule a consultation to learn how Botox can help you look more youthful and refreshed. Then relax in our Ann Arbor Med Spa, and let us help you look and feel younger!
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