The Most Common Botox Injection Sites
Everybody remembers the moment they realized they were getting older, whether when they spotted their first gray hair or noticed their first laugh line. For many adults, wrinkles affect their self-esteem and self-image.
Botox®, available at our SOHO & Uptown NYC dermatology offices, is a popular method to quickly and safely reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Also known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, Botox temporarily blocks nerve signals and stops muscles from contracting. When the muscles can’t contract, your skin looks smoother and more relaxed.
There are many common sites for cosmetic botox injections to smooth skin on the face and neck, get rid of wrinkles, and reverse signs of aging.
The forehead is the most popular injection site for Botox. Forehead wrinkles or lines become more prominent as you age. Dermatologists refer to these lines as “surprise lines” because these wrinkles form over the muscles you use when you’re shocked or surprised.
If you’re considering getting botox injections on your forehead, preventive injections can help slow the progression of deeper wrinkles. Most dermatologists recommend you start when you notice lines developing. Forehead wrinkles are easy to prevent, and they can often become more challenging to treat the deeper they get.
Early treatments of anti-aging injections such as Botox or Dysport® may reverse the signs of genetic aging, sun damage, or smoking.
Do people often ask you if you’re tired or angry? Have you noticed deepening lines between your eyebrows even when you’re happy? You may be starting to develop another common sign of aging: Vertical “11” lines.
Dermatologists refer to these vertical lines as frown lines because they occur over the muscles you use to furrow your forehead when you scowl, squint, or are upset. You can smooth and decrease the depth of frown lines with Botox and other cosmetic injections.
Have you ever looked at your smiling face in a picture and noticed the lines around the corners of your eyes? These outer eye lines are normal when laughing or smiling. However, the presence of lines all the time is another sign of aging.
You may call them crow’s feet due to their resemblance to the familiar black bird’s feet. Botox may help make them less visible without stretching the delicate skin.
Botox in this area promotes a fresher appearance that enhances your natural beauty and even helps prevent droopy eyelids that may make your eyes look smaller.
As you age, your skin starts to sag. This sagging can be due to several factors, including genetics, gravity, muscle overuse, and weak collagen. In addition, your neck muscles pulling your skin down can result in horizontal lines or bands forming around your neck.
These neck bands are natural and may appear up and down your whole neck or just in a few areas. Dermatologists can inject the skin above and below these neck bands with Botox and a dermal filler solution.
Similar to neck bands, marionette lines develop in the neck. However, instead of being horizontal, these lines and wrinkles are vertical and may resemble the strings of a puppet and are most visible when you speak.
Not everyone develops marionette lines. These lines are most common in those who exercise frequently and develop over the platysma muscles. Eating, stress, strain, and jaw tension causes the skin over these muscles to sag over time.
Sagging skin around your neck is sometimes called “turkey neck.” For both neck bands and marionette lines, Botox may help rejuvenate the surrounding skin. It may also help relax the muscles, preventing them from contracting and keeping skin from sagging.
You can also use Botox in the neck area to resemble a neck lift and strengthen your jawline.
Another way you can improve your jawline is with Botox injections in your masseter muscle. This muscle connects your lower jawbone and your cheekbone and helps you chew.
While getting Botox in the masseter muscle may help reduce facial wrinkles, it also is popular for other reasons. Botox injections act as a temporary block for nerve signals. When the nerve signals are blocked, the muscle can’t move.
This temporary muscle paralysis makes Botox a popular treatment for:
- Clenching, pain, and tension in the jaw
- Asymmetrical face shape
- Chronic headache pain
- Teeth grinding
Dramatically Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles With Botox at our NYC Dermatology Office
Are you ready to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, reverse signs of aging, and enhance your natural beauty? The board-certified dermatologists at Spring Street Dermatology are here to help.
With two convenient offices in SOHO and Uptown Manhattan, you can enjoy state-of-the-art care and convenient same-day appointments with our highly trained professionals. In addition, we offer a personalized approach with cutting-edge technology to help you achieve your beauty goals.