Where do you use Botox?
Botox is used to remove frown lines and wrinkles especially between the eyes right above the area around the nose. The muscles present between the eyebrows move out laterally under the eyes and result in moving of the eyebrows in the downward direction towards the nose area when there is squint or frown. Frown lines or wrinkle are developed when the skin around this area is constantly folded since there is muscle movement below it.
Since there is a loss of elasticity in the skin with age, these lines seem to linger as age grows. When Botox is injected in the muscles at about one centimeter above the eyebrow area, the muscles become immobilized and relaxed.
Since there is a reduction in the muscle activity, there is also a reduction in the wrinkles. The effect of this injection is not long term and lasts for about three to six months.
Around the Eyes
The muscles around the eyes react in full co-ordination to the feelings as someone laughs, smiles, cries or frowns. This happens so much that fine lines are formed around the eyes. As we age, these lines show and become deeper and thicker. These fine lines on the outside of the eyes are also known as crow’s feet. For these lines to disappear, Botox is injected in the particular muscles around the eyes so as to stop contraction of muscles and smoothing of wrinkles.
The condition where the muscles that handle the blinking of the eyes start to contract is known as Blepharospasm. Depending on how serious the problem is, patients who have blepharospasm face difficulties in carrying out everyday activities like reading, driving and working.
The toxin is injected in the muscles around the lids of the eye so that their speedy contractions are stopped. This method is one of the most suggested treatment methods for blepharospasm. This solution is again not a long term one but a temporary relief that lasts for around four months.
Axillary Hyperhidrosis is excessive perspiration especially in the armpit and botox is a suggested treatment method for that. Small injections are given in the armpit area so that the nerves get paralyzed and signals are send to the sweat glands that develop sweat are blocked. Sweating is stopped by stopping the nerve signals. It should be remembered that the effect of this procedure lasts not life long but for around three to six months and a patient who has this problem usually needs around three Botox treatments in a year if he or she wants to have the excessive sweating to be stopped in their area.
Neck and Shoulder Areas
Uncontrolled and involuntary muscle spams in the shoulders and neck that results in awkward postures and jerky movements is called Cervical Dystonia. Botox injections injected in the shoulder and neck areas are used to treat this condition.