Botox is a popular non-invasive treatment used to improve the cosmetic appearance of the face and neck area by eliminating wrinkles, creases and expression lines that appear over time due to frequent use of certain muscles. Botox, botulinum toxin type A, is also an FDA approved drug to treat various conditions such as chronic migraines and excessive sweating.
It is one of the safest non-surgical treatments that can be performed quickly and easily, with very little or no recovery time. These anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses that lead to wrinkle-causing muscle contractions. Botox is also used to improve the appearance of lips by giving them a more defined look. This kind of treatment which involves improving the shape and fullness of lips is called Botox lips.
How to choose Botox Treatment area?
Cosmetic healthcare providers generally offer Botox on an area basis. The drug can be used to relax all the muscles within the face and neck area. Three most common Botox Treatment areas are:
- The frowning area to treat the vertical lines between the eyebrows
- The forehead area with its horizontal lines above the eyebrows, and
- The crow’s feet area and the lines around the eyes
Your practitioner will charge you depending on which area(s) you want to be treated. Like any other cosmetic treatment, Botox injections are also quite expensive. So if you are a bit tight on budget you may be able to afford one area only. But the hundred million dollar question is, “how to choose the right area so that you could make the most out of it.”
Remember facial muscles are not independent, they interact with each other to provide you a balanced look. Relaxing one muscle with Botox will simply reinforce other facial muscles and this can have consequences that will not be aesthetically pleasant. So be very careful when deciding which area to treat. Only an experienced dermatologist or cosmetic plastic surgeon with comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy can help you decide Botox treatment area. It is your practitioner’s job to explain to you what is going on with your face, your muscles, and your expressions, and how he/she can solve these issues.
Never insist your doctor to treat a specific area only
The most common mistake made by most patients is that they firmly ask their clinicians for a specific area to be treated. If you can afford Botox treatment for only one area then ask your Botox provider what would be the best choice for you and listen carefully to their explanations. Trust your doctors, you will be wisely advised; but it should not be a “blind trust”.