Aging is inevitable, and with it come signs of aging. For your face, this can include wrinkles and fine lines. Some have learned to live with looking older than they really are, but thanks to the innovations of cosmetic treatments, you can take back your youth and reduce these signs of aging.
So where can you get Botox injections done? You can get Botox on glabellar lines, crow’s feet, horizontal forehead wrinkles, bunny lines, lip lines, and marionette lines. These are among the most common wrinkles that can develop on your face, and as long as it’s caused by muscle movement, Botox can help treat it.
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Botox reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles by freezing the muscles that, when flexed, cause the skin attached to it to fold and crease. By freezing these specific muscles, your skin will stop being creased, which can help it smoothen and soften over time.
These facial muscle movements cause several common types of wrinkles. Here are some of the different types of wrinkles created by muscle movement and the target muscle that’s treated for these wrinkles. If you’re interested to learn more about the different kinds of wrinkles we can treat, schedule a consultation with Dr. V Medical Aesthetics to talk to an experienced Botox provider.
Average amount of Botox units used: 20 units
More commonly known as frown lines, these are the vertical forehead lines that appear on your glabella – the skin between your eyebrows on your forehead. This is the most common facial wrinkle that Botox and other botulinum toxin injection products can treat. Your glabellar lines can sometimes develop with or without horizontal forehead lines above it.
The procerus and corrugator supercilii muscles are two of the muscles that can cause glabellar lines. Your Botox provider can freeze these muscles to prevent drastic muscle movement that can crease your glabella and cause it to fold vertically.
Contrary to its name, frown lines aren’t caused by frowning alone. Smiling, laughing, and any other facial expression that causes you to move these muscles can result in frown lines. Actions like raising your eyebrows or narrowing your eyes can also be a common cause for glabellar lines.
Average amount of Botox units used: 12 units per eye, 24 units total
Crow’s feet (or its medical term, lateral canthal lines) are the wrinkles that appear on the outer corners of your eyes. They’re also known as smile lines, but just like frown lines, smiling isn’t the sole cause of these wrinkles.
If you’re getting Botox to treat crow’s feet, you’re likely to receive injections on your lateral orbicularis oculi muscles on either side of your face. This can freeze your facial muscles from doing facial expressions and actions that involve squinting and folding the skin on the outer sides of your eyes.
Many facial expressions and facial movements trigger muscles around the eye area. The creases are evident when you’re smiling wide and grinning, but repeated squinting when you read or look at something can also cause repetitive muscle movement that can gradually develop crow’s feet.
Average amount of Botox units used: 20 units, 4 units for 5 injection sites on the forehead
These forehead wrinkles are different from frown lines. While frown lines are vertical and limited to the glabellar area between your eyebrows, horizontal forehead wrinkles can appear across your forehead. These can be very noticeable because of their width
Horizontal forehead wrinkles are caused by the frontalis muscle, the large muscle behind your forehead. Because of its size, your provider may have to distribute the Botox units evenly across various injection sites on the forehead to completely freeze your forehead muscle from creasing your skin. It may also be necessary to freeze certain areas like your eyebrow muscles, since these can indirectly cause your forehead muscles to bunch up in the process.
Forehead wrinkles can be caused by a number of things, including facial expressions. Because your forehead muscles are adjacent to your glabellar and eyebrows, movement from these areas can also affect movement on your forehead.
Average amount of Botox units used: 2 units per side, 4 units total
Bunny lines can develop on either side of your nose close to the inner corners of your eyes. It commonly occurs when you wrinkle your nose, though it can also be indirectly caused by the same muscles that cause frown lines just above it.
During Botox treatments for bunny lines, your provider will inject units of Botox onto the nasalis muscle, which is responsible for wrinkling your nose. For best results, your provider may recommend getting Botox cosmetic injections for glabellar lines, since the procerus muscle can also push downwards and cause folding along the nasalis muscle.
You’re likely to wrinkle your nose when making certain facial expressions or reactions, like when you smell something bad. Squinting or frowning can also cause the skin in the area to fold, causing repeated creasing that can lead to bunny lines.
Average amount of Botox units used: 10 units for one lip, 20 units total
Sometimes called lipstick lines or smoker’s lines, lip wrinkles are the vertical lines that can form around your lips. These are different from marionette lines, as marionette lines are vertical lines that form from your mouth to your chin. These are more common in older adults and are more difficult to conceal because of their prominence on your lips.
During a Botox procedure for lip lines, your provider will inject the orbicularis oris muscles on both your upper and lower lips.
The most common cause of lip lines is smoking. When you pucker your lips to smoke, you’re creasing the skin around your lips and developing vertical lines around the area. Lip wrinkles can also be caused by repetitive muscle movements like pursing your lips or drinking through straws.
Average amount of Botox units used: up to 20 units on each side, 40 units total
Marionette lines also occur around your mouth, but these are different from lip wrinkles. While lip wrinkles are vertical lines around your lips, marionette lines are two deep lines that start on both corners of your mouth and down to your chin. These prominent lines can pull your mouth corners down and give you the appearance similar to that of a puppet’s mouth.
The muscle responsible for this is the depressor anguli oris muscle. This can minimize the depth of your lines and soften your appearance. This can be caused by certain mouth movements like frowning, which can crease the corners of your lips downwards.
While there’s a typical average number of units for each wrinkle, how much you’ll exactly need for a certain type of wrinkle can vary between patients. It’s best to schedule a consultation with a trusted aesthetic practitioner to get a more accurate estimate. For best results, skilled Botox providers consider a number of factors on how many units are necessary to inject into certain wrinkles. Some factors to consider include:
Too little, and the procedure may not be effective enough to completely freeze your muscles. Too much, and you could end up with an unnaturally frozen appearance or have Botox leak onto adjacent muscles. The goal is to use as little as Botox as necessary to achieve your desired look. Not all providers have mastered this, so it’s best to get your Botox from a licensed medical professional with experience in cosmetic Botox treatments.
Botox is effective for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. However, it can only treat certain types of wrinkles like the ones mentioned earlier that are associated with muscle movement.
There are 2 types of facial wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. When you’re younger, your skin contains a healthy amount of collagen and elastin that keep your skin elastic and taut. Any external element that causes your skin to crease doesn’t leave a significant effect on it. As you get older, your skin has less of these substances, making it more difficult for your skin to spring back without leaving some kind of marking.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles caused by muscle movement. Moving your facial muscles is inevitable throughout the day, so you’re likely to constantly crease your skin many times daily. Over time, this can take a toll on your skin as the folds and creases start to leave permanent lines on your skin.
If these fine lines aren’t treated, they can eventually become deeper and more prominent facial wrinkles. These are the types of wrinkles that Botox and any other botulinum toxin product can treat.
Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are those caused by a combination of gravity, sun damage, and other external factors. These factors can either age skin, which can cause you to lose healthy skin nutrients and substances faster, or can cause your skin to eventually sag, resulting in folds.
Unfortunately, Botox isn’t effective against static wrinkles since they’re not caused by muscle movement. If you want to get cosmetic treatment for both static and dynamic wrinkles, schedule a consultation with us. We can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that can tackle all the signs of aging on your face.
Botox and other botulinum toxin injection products like Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau are safe wrinkle treatments that work by freezing muscles. Botox’s active ingredient is onabotulinumtoxin A, a commercially processed form of botulinum toxin that originates from C. botulinum bacteria. Botox is used as an intramuscular injection to administer the toxin into the treated muscle.
When your muscles contract, your nerves release acetylcholine to connect the neuromuscular junction with the target muscle and cause it to move. Botox neurotoxins disrupt the nerve signaling process by blocking this process. This process temporarily freezes your muscles from moving. In turn, this stops instances of skin creasing and reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines.
Wrinkles are an unavoidable part of aging. As your skin loses nutrients and other substances that keep it elastic and bouncy, it no longer has the ability to maintain its healthiest form. Some of the ways you can develop prominent wrinkles include the following causes:
Botox can help minimize the appearance of deep wrinkles caused by muscle movement. But for other wrinkles and fine lines, you may need additional cosmetic treatments to reduce their appearance. Schedule a consultation at Dr. V Medical Aesthetics and we can discuss more about dermal fillers, injectable treatments, and other minimally-invasive procedures that can help address other signs of aging.
Botox can also be used for a number of medical treatments aside from your facial muscles. Botox is one of the FDA-approved botulinum toxin products that can treat the following:
Botox can treat facial wrinkles and fine lines in several areas around your face. Signs of aging don’t come one at a time, so getting an injection can be a good option for those with several dynamic wrinkles who want to treat several wrinkle sites. On top of treating dynamic wrinkles, it can be safely combined with other minimally-invasive treatments like dermal fillers, making it an ideal part of a comprehensive treatment plan to reduce signs of aging and reclaim your youth.
At Dr. V Medical Aesthetics, our team of qualified and experienced aesthetic practitioners and highly-trained staff is dedicated to exceptional service. We’ve helped countless patients achieve stunning results that let them look and feel their best. Contact us today to book your initial consultation.
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