What is Botox used for?


What is Botox used for? | Jacob Bloom, MDPeople who are unhappy with the appearance of minor aging lines on the face but do not want to undergo facelift plastic surgery can consider Botox injectable treatment.

Botox provides a safe and predictable way to reduce facial signs of aging in a minimally invasive manner.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides Botox to patients in Chicago, IL, and surrounding communities.

 

Treatment of Frown Lines

Botox received FDA approval in 2002. It has since been one of the most sought-after non-invasive anti-aging treatments to mitigate signs of aging on the face.

Botox is primarily used to address frown lines on the forehead and between the brows as well as crow’s feet around the eyes.

These applications of Botox are FDA-approved, but a qualified Botox provider can use it for additional off-label cosmetic purposes. These may include the treatment of wrinkles around the nasal base and other facial sites.

 

Medical and Cosmetic Benefits

The active ingredient in Botox is Botulinum toxin type A, which is a powerful biological agent that helps relax overactive facial muscles that cause wrinkles.

Once a tiny amount of this neurotoxin is injected into the muscle, it relaxes the muscle temporarily enabling the skin to look smoother as well as the lines and wrinkles to appear softened or disappear completely.  

On top of this, the FDA has approved Botox for specific medical purposes such as involuntary eye muscle movement.

Botox may be used as a standalone cosmetic med spa treatment, or it can be combined with surgical procedures such as facelift, eyelid lift, or brow lift to create comprehensive results. These combinations enable the surgeon to produce more natural looking results in a less invasive manner.

 

Botox Use in Specific Facial Areas

Eyes

Repetitive facial and eye muscle movements can cause dynamic lines around the eyes. Such wrinkles are quite responsive to Botox. This treatment only affects the wrinkle-causing muscle and does not impact nerve sensation.

 

Brows

Facial expressions such as frowning, laughing, and smiling can lead to permanent wrinkles over time due to repetitive movements.

Botox is meant to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in an effective manner. Men can also consider Botox injections to improve the appearance of furrowed brows.

 

Forehead

The presence of horizontal lines on the forehead can cause a tired, old, and angry facial appearance. Other than constant expressions, aging can also cause permanent creases on the forehead.

Botox helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles as it relaxes the underlying wrinkle-forming muscle. Botox is an efficient treatment for horizontal forehead lines.

 

Jaw Contouring

Botox specialists have used Botox to enhance jaw contours in recent times. The face may appear square shaped if the jaw muscles (used for chewing) are considerable.

Many men also seek a stronger jawline. Botox and dermal fillers administered in combination with each other can help attain this type of jawline.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL, and nearby areas for Botox.