You might be surprised to hear that I have had botox before. It was once about 1 1/2 years ago right in between my eyebrows. I have always felt that the deep lines there give me the appearance of being mad and scowling. Botox turned out to be far less scary and very effective for the results I wanted. The lines in between my eyebrows went away for a good year! I have been looking into getting a new treatment of botox there (it only lasts about a year) and I wanted to share what I found with you!
What is Botox and am I a Good Candidate?
Don’t worry if you don’t have a friend that has tried or is already using Botox. We’ve got the information you need to determine if Botox is right for you.
What is Botox? Botox is a drug. It’s made from a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Because Botulinum Toxin in extremely high doses has the ability to paralyze or even kill, there is a significant amount of fear and misinformation among those that have not tried it. To put that fear to rest, we can tell you that Botox Cosmetic has a better safety rating than run-of-the-mill over the counter Aspirin. The tiny amounts that are injected in the forehead and other areas of the face are a miniscule fraction of what would be considered to be unsafe.
How does Botox work? Botox injections work by interrupting the body’s ability to contract the facial muscles. When Botox (or Dysport) is injected in the area between the eyes (frown lines), above the eyes (forehead) or at the sides of the eyes (the crow’s feet), the muscles lose the ability to contract and in so doing, the lines and wrinkles smooth away.
Am I a candidate for Botox? Almost everyone over the age of 30 is a candidate for Botox. There are few, if any, medical conditions that would prevent you from getting Botox, but in most practices those with existing neurological conditions are not candidates.
Where is Botox Injected? The most common area for Botox injections is the area between the eyes. This area, which is known as the glabella, is where the frown or “11” lines develop. These are vertical lines develop over time as we look skin elasticity. Injecting Botox into the muscle groups between and slightly above the eyes smooths the area and prevents an angry appearance. This is the area originally studied when Allergan received initial FDA approval for Botox Cosmetic.
The forehead (above the eyebrows) contains horizontal lines and wrinkles that appear as we raise the eyebrows to look surprised. As we age, the skin of the brow becomes less elastic and settles lower on the scalp. This causes the lines of the forehead to appear deeper and more pronounced. Injecting Botox in this area helps these lines lie flat creating a younger, smoother appearance.
The crow’s feet lines at the sides of the eyes are most noticeable when we smile wide such as during photos. The muscles that surround the eyes contract as we smile creating a sideways “V” of fine lines. Injecting Botox does not change the smile, but means that those pesky lines are much less visible in our photos.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Botox is to find an advanced injector in your area. Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and determine if Botox is right for you.
Kevin DiCerbo is the Director of Celibre Medical. He has been working side by side with Dr. Kaplan since 2004 and has managed Celibre Medical since its inception. He is a certified medical laser safety office (CMLSO) and uses his knowledge of laser physics to help patients understand laser hair removal. He also oversees the day to day administrative activities at the two offices. He has a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA.
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