A well-established method of wrinkle reduction, Botox is widely used to give smoother skin contours, minimizing many of the more obvious signs of aging. One of the most common questions that people have about Botox treatment is where it can be applied. Although it would be amazing to discover a product that can be used to smooth any area of the body, the reality is that Botox, like most other treatments, is more successful on some skin areas than others.
Here we take a look at where you can expect to get the best Botox results, where you can expect reasonable results, and those areas that aren't suitable for Botox.
If it's being used as a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of the skin, Botox can be used on most areas of the face to good effect. Typically, Botox injections are given to address problem areas such as:
Botox works by paralyzing the muscle beneath the treated area, which means it won't contract. The lack of contraction reduces the visibility of any lines that are caused by repeated muscle contraction movements, such as frowning, squinting, or tightening the lips.
Its action doesn't actually tone or firm the skin – if you have skin that's collagen depleted (one of the most common causes of sagging), Botox won't improve its appearance. Similarly, if you have baggy skin due to weight loss, a Botox injection won't make a noticeable difference. Unless you've got a wrinkle caused by a repeated movement (these are almost always found on the face and neck), it's unlikely that Botox can be used as an aesthetic treatment.
Although Botox used to create a smoother, line-free look is usually only suitable for the face, there are some circumstances where it can be used elsewhere. For example, Botox can be used as a medical treatment for unwanted muscle spasms, such as in the treatment of cervical dystonia or an overactive bladder. Cerebral palsy and conditions that cause the eye muscles to operate unevenly, causing vision problems, may also be successfully treated with Botox.
It may also be used to eliminate problematic sweating by temporarily blocking the signals that stimulate sweat production.
If you've got a problem area that you wish to improve, Botox is just one of several treatments that may be able to help. To ensure you end up with the therapy that's right for your needs, get in touch with the experienced team at The Dermatology Group.
We can advise on the options available, ensuring you get the very best results based on your specific requirements.