When most people think of Botox treatment, they immediately think of treating wrinkles and lines in the upper part of the face. It is true that a majority of Botox patients choose the treatment to address forehead lines that form as they raise their eyebrows or make various facial expressions. However, Botox has a wide range of cosmetic uses, and can be highly effective in lifting and reshaping the entire face, sometimes called full face Botox.
Not all Botox providers treat all areas of the face, and less common uses for Botox can be risky when not performed by an expert. For this reason, it is key to choose an experienced injector such as Dr. Chetty.
Botox for the Upper Face
Botox is most commonly used to treat the upper parts of the face. This can include frown lines between the eyebrows, which are sometimes referred to as 11 lines or glabella lines. These wrinkles can result in an angry or tired appearance. When 11 lines are more deep-set, Dr. Chetty may recommend a combination of Botox to relax the facial expressions that cause them to worsen and dermal fillers to smooth the wrinkles that are still visible when your face is at rest.
Horizontal forehead lines can also be treated using Botox. These are the lines that form or worsen when you raise your eyebrows, which is why they can sometimes be referred to as “surprise lines.” In addition to repetitive facial expressions, these lines can be worsened by environmental factors like sun damage or smoking. Precise injections into the correct area of the muscle is crucial for correcting forehead lines, as injecting Botox too low in the frontalis muscle in the forehead can cause drooping brows.
Dr. Chetty may also suggest Botox to treat “bunny lines,” which are the lines that form at the top of the nose. To reduce bunny lines, Botox must be carefully injected at either side of the nose. This stops the nose from excessively wrinkling but must be done by an expert to prevent affecting the smile. Botox treatment of the nose can help lift the nasal tip and treat excessive dilatation of the nostrils resulting in a better facial profile.
Botox for the Eye Area
There are several reasons why a patient may choose Botox to treat the eye area. Botox can be injected to lift the eyebrows in a procedure that some call a “liquid brow lift” or “non-surgical brow lift.” By carefully injecting the product into the muscle that pulls the brow down, a rejuvenated and more awake appearance can be achieved.
Botox is also useful in treating crow’s feet, or the fine lines that appear at the corners of the eyes when you squint or smile. Softening these facial expressions can smooth lines around the eyes.
In rare cases, Botox may be used in the tear trough area. This can smooth fine lines, but the procedure is delicate and can cause drooping lower eyelids if done improperly. More frequently, dermal fillers are used in the tear trough area. During a consultation, Dr. Chetty can help you choose the best option for you.
Botox for the Lower Face
In the lower part of the face, patients may be able to treat lipstick lines using Botox. These are the small lines that form around the mouth which are also called smoker’s lines. Botox is also used to treat a gummy smile as well as the popular lip flip. Injecting Botox to treat these lines can also help turn up the corners of the mouth, causing a more pleasant resting expression and improved smile. Often, dermal fillers are also used to treat these lines and restore volume that can be lost due to the natural aging process.
As you age, the mentalis muscles in the chin become more active. This results in a dimpled or puckered look on the chin. In addition, collagen loss and sun damage can also exacerbate this effect. Injecting Botox calms the mentalis muscles and smooths the area.
Many people clench or grind their teeth, which causes pain, TMJ symptoms, and potential damage to the teeth. Botox injections can relieve these symptoms and, often, create a slimmer look in the jaw and preferable face shape. Botox can also be used to create a Nefertiti lift of the lower face with the added benefit of enhancement of the jawline.
Finally, Botox can be used to treat neck bands. These are the horizontal lines that form on the neck over time. Small amounts of Botox can be injected into this area to soften the lines, and a combination of Botox with a dermal filler may be especially beneficial for patients who see deeper neck bands.
Choosing Your Botox Provider
Less common uses for Botox are commonly more complex or delicate to perform, but all Botox injections should be performed with precision in the injection site. Over-injecting Botox can result in an unintended “frozen” an unnatural look. Improper injection can also cause unfortunate results including drooping brows or eyelids or disrupting your natural smile.
For these reasons, it is important to choose an injector who is experienced and knowledgeable. Dr. Chetty holds advanced training in cosmetic procedures, including Botox injections, from leading institutions across the globe. He has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf, an award that less than 10% of doctors receive. Dr. Chetty is only one of fifteen Canadian doctors inducted into the inaugural RealSelf Hall of Fame. Through his rigorous education and years of experience, Dr. Chetty understands the complex anatomy of the face and advanced Botox injection techniques that yield the natural results you are looking for without unfortunate side effects.
After Your Botox Injections
One of the many benefits of Botox injections is that the procedure requires no downtime. You may see some brief redness or slight swelling at the injection site, but are otherwise free to return to your daily routine. To maintain your results, it’s best to avoid touching or applying pressure to the injection site, as this can cause the product to migrate outside of the intended area. You should see results from your Botox injections within a few weeks, and results last three to four months. After this period, you can return to Cerulean Medical Institute for preventative and maintenance injections.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about your full face Botox treatment options, contact Cerulean Medical Institute in Kelowna, BC to schedule a consultation. Call our office at (778) 402-3696 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.