There are many benefits of Botox — that said, its results are determined by where the solution is injected.
For example, when injected on both sides of the nose, Botox can reduce bunny wrinkles. When injected into armpits, however, it can reduce excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis).
Exactly, how does Botox help migraines, wrinkles, hyperhidrosis and other conditions? The short answer is that it weakens muscle contractions in the area where it is injected. For example, Botox is inserted into the side of the eyes to weaken the eye muscles that contract and, as a result, cause crow’s feet.
Botox relaxes muscles to reduce wrinkles and prevent specific nerves from sending unwanted signals (i.e. to sweat or to twitch) to the brain.
If you have ever doubted the many advantages to the treatment, just remember that a few celebrities have claimed to have good results with Botox for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
At Baywood Laser Clinic, we offer Botox for a wide range of purposes. If you are interested in getting Botox in Toronto, call us to learn more about what we can do for you.
These are the main injection sites for common Botox procedures:
According to Healthline, Botox is most commonly used to treat wrinkles. That said, wrinkles can form in various areas of your face. When injected into different muscles on the face, Botox can treat various fine lines.
Where: Orbicularis Oculi & Procerus Muscles
To reduce crow’s feet (a.k.a. the wrinkles that appear on the outside of the eye), Botox is injected into the Orbicularis Oculi and Procerus Muscles. These are the eye muscles that are used to squint, twitch and make other movements that strain the skin around your eyes.
5 to 15 injections of the solution are made to achieve the desired effect of smoothing out these fine lines.
Where: Frontalis Muscle
To reduce forehead lines, Botox is injected every 1.5 to 2 centimetres above the eyebrows in the Frontalis muscle at the front of the head.
Where: Corrugator Supercilia & Procerus Muscles
Also known as glabellar lines, these wrinkles usually only require a total of 5 injections of Botox for a smoothed, rejuvenated effect.
Two injections of Botox are made into the Corrugator Supercilia — the muscles located at the end of the eyebrow— to reduce frown lines. Another 2.5 injections are made into the Procerus muscle; this is the pyramid-shaped muscle that extends from the nasal bone to the area between your forehead.
Where: Sides of the Nose
Bunny lines are the wrinkles that can appear at the top of your nose. Also known as nasalis lines, they can be treated by injecting Botox on either side of your nose. Typically, 2 to 5 injections are required per side.
Where: Vertical Platysma Bands
The lines that can form on your neck with age are known as vertical platysma bands. According to New Beauty, Botox can be injected into vertical neck bands (platysma bands) to smooth them out.
These muscles are activated when you make facial expressions like grimaces, which is what can cause these lines to form. The Aesthetic Surgery Journal shares that 2 to 6 injections of Botox are made per band to treat these lines. This treatment is also known to help provide jaw definition.
Where: Orbicularis Oris Muscle
Also referred to as peri-oral lines, these lines occur mainly in smokers due to the constant pursing of their mouths. To reduce these fine lines, roughly 5 units of Botox is injected in the orbicularis oris muscle — a complex of four lip muscles that encircle the mouth.
Botox is used for a wide variety of medical purposes, including to treat migraines, hyperhidrosis and eye spasms. In fact, according to Time, half of the $2.45 billion profit made by Botox producer Allergen came from medical use — and that was just in 2015.
Where: Head & Neck Muscles
According to Botox, to treat migraines, the solution is injected in 31 sites that are divided between 7 head and neck muscles. When injected, the Botox is believed to block neurotransmitters — the chemicals that send your brain pain signals.
Botox has been FDA approved to treat migraines since 2010. That said, this treatment is only suggested if you suffer from 15 or more headaches a month.
Where: Bladder Muscle
Botox to treat bladder dysfunction is a bit more invasive than other Botox procedures, as several injections of the solution are made right into the bladder muscle. Before the injection, the bladder needs to be flushed and then numbed. The results of this procedure can last anywhere between 6 to 8 months.
Where: Sweat source
You may not know this, but Botox can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis — also known as excessive sweating. To reduce hyperhidrosis, the solution is injected at the source of the sweating. This tends to be the palms, soles of the feet, or (most commonly) the underarms.
This injection targets your sweat glands to block the nerves that send your body the signal to produce sweat. For excessive underarm sweating, we make between 8 to 12 injections in your underarm. Within 8 to 10 days after the procedure, you should be feeling sweat free!
According to Sweat Help, to treat hyperhidrosis Botox is injected in a grid pattern, with an injection made between every 1 to 2 centimetres.
Where: Eye muscles
Botox can be injected into your eye muscles to reduce eye spasms. This cuts the communication between your eye nerves and your muscles to prevent further spasms.
Where: Masseter Muscle (below your cheekbone)
Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is another condition that Botox provides a solution for. According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), research has shown that Botox can reduce clenching as well as the tension and aches that can come from grinding your teeth.
Colgate reports that to treat teeth grinding, Botox is injected into the jaw muscles — specifically, the masseter muscle below the cheekbone. This is the muscle that is used to chew. Typically, 25 units are used on either side.
Be sure to book a free consultation with us so that we can answer any questions that you may have about Botox — we can help you identify your options and plan a treatment that will best suit your unique needs.