Botox has been used to smooth away wrinkles or frown lines particularly between the eyes just above the nose area.
The muscles embedded between the eyebrows that spread out laterally under the eyes are responsible for moving the eyebrow downwards towards the nose when one frowns or squints. Wrinkles or frown lines are formed when the skin in this area is consistently folded over because of the muscle movement underneath it.
These lines tend to linger as age progresses because the skin loses its elasticity with age. By injecting Botox into these muscles, about one centimeter above the middle of the eyebrow, the muscles are relaxed and become immobilized.
Since muscle activity is significantly reduced, so are wrinkles. The effect of Botox is not permanent, however, lasting between three-to-six months.
Around the Eyes
As one smiles, laughs, frowns or cries, the muscles around the eyes work in full tandem to one’s feelings -so much so that fine lines around the eyes are formed.
As we get older they naturally become more visible, thicker and deeper. These fine lines on the outer side of the eyes are also referred to as crow’s feet.
To eliminate the appearance of crow’s feet, Botox can be injected into the specific muscles around the eye to inhibit muscles contraction and smooth away wrinkles.
Blepharospasm is a condition where the muscles that control blinking movements of the eyes are constantly contracting.
Depending on the severity of the problem, patients who suffer from blepharospasm may find it hard to perform daily activities such as driving, reading or even working.
Botox injection is one of the recommended treatments for blepharospasm, where the toxin is injected into the muscles under the eyelids and around the eyes to paralyze their rapid contractions.
Botox only provides a temporary relief lasting between three and four months, after which the former symptoms may return.
Botox is also a recommended treatment to control excessive perspiration particularly in the armpit, medically known as Axillary Hyperhidrosis.
Small injections are applied to the armpit areas to paralyze the nerves and block signals sent to the sweat glands that produce sweat. By inhibiting the nerve signals, profuse sweating is eliminated.
Again, the effects of Botox only lasts between three to six months and a patient with this condition normally requires two to three Botox treatments in a year to continue enjoying the cessation of excessive sweating.
Neck and Shoulder Areas
Botox injections into the muscles located in the neck and shoulder areas are aimed to treat a condition called Cervical Dystonia, which is the involuntary and uncontrolled muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders that cause jerky movements and an awkward posture.
By applying one to three injections into each affected muscle along the neck and shoulder areas, Botox can reduce muscle contraction and temporarily treat the condition.
Local anesthetic is sometimes used to alleviate any discomfort or pain in the procedure. The effects of Botox for Cervical Dystonia also last between three to four months and patients normally see the full results of the treatment within four weeks after the Botox procedure.