Which Wrinkles Can Botox Address?
Patients looking for non-surgical age line reduction often wonder exactly which wrinkles Botox can address. Botox is a highly versatile injectable neuromodulator treatment that can address a wide variety of wrinkles by relaxing contracted facial muscles. Relaxing these muscles allows the skin to lie flat, creating a smooth and youthful appearance for the treated area.
Botox has FDA approval for treatment of a number of facial age lines, and it also has several popular off-label uses. During a consultation at Patel Eye Associates, patients can find out more about the many uses of Botox.
Crow’s feet (lateral canthal lines) are fine lines that radiate from the outer corners of the eyes. After repeated contraction of the orbicularis oculi muscle, these frustrating lines start to form. Crow’s feet create an aged appearance. With injections of Botox, crow’s feet fade away, restoring a youthful look to the eyes.
Brow wrinkles are tiny vertical lines that form between the eyebrows. They are also commonly known as frown lines, glabellar lines, or The Elevens. The corrugator supercilii muscles contribute to these wrinkles. When Botox is injected, brow wrinkles are softened for a more relaxed appearance.
Horizontal Forehead Lines
These wide wrinkles are caused by repeated contraction of the frontalis muscle. Thanks to Botox, horizontal forehead lines can be smoothed away for a less frustrated and more relaxed appearance.
Contraction of the mentalis muscles causes the chin to develop bumps and wrinkles. This creates the look of “orange peel chin,” also called peau d’orange chin. With precise Botox treatments, the chin can regain its smooth appearance.
Bunny lines are the wrinkles that form when people scrunch their noses. These tiny lines appear on the bridge of the nose. When a person has persistent bunny lines, people assume they are always scrunching their noses in response to situations. When Botox is injected into the skin over the nasalis muscle, bunny lines fade away.
Vertical Neck Bands
When the neck’s platysma muscles separate over time, platysma bands form. These vertical neck bands become harsh and contribute to the look of aging. Though not technically a wrinkle, these bands are still signs of the aging process and can be treated with the assistance of Botox.
Which Wrinkles Are Not Ideal for Botox Treatment?
If you’re thinking of coming in for Botox, it’s also important to understand which wrinkles Botox is not ideal for. Botox is primarily used in areas where the skin is very thin, such as the forehead.
When the skin is thicker and the facial wrinkles are moderate to severe, Botox is not an optimal option for treatment. In these cases, dermal fillers are the typical choice. These injectables are used to treat midface wrinkles like the nasolabial folds, parentheses lines, and marionette lines.