As part of Mia Aesthetics’ new MedSpa treatment menu, Botox is now being offered for patients looking to reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process. Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It works by partially limiting the movements of specific facial muscles to ease the appearance of facial wrinkles. The effects last for three to four months or as long as six to seven months, depending on how the body absorbs the injections.
Botox involves a series of simple injections performed quickly. The process is so fast that many patients opt to receive treatments during their lunch hour. Most patients describe the discomfort of the procedure akin to a pinch for each injection. For patients nervous about the potential discomfort, a topical anesthesia can numb the area beforehand. Once the patient is ready, the doctor will use a fine needle to administer units of the chosen product to the areas the patient would like to see smoothed out. Patients can resume their day shortly after the treatment, and results become apparent within three to seven days after the injection process.
One of the perks of Botox is no downtime whatsoever – patients can resume normal activities right away. Mild side effects like pain, redness, swelling, headache and fatigue may occur, but should subside quickly. More serious side effects are possible but very rare and will be discussed prior to the procedure. Sometimes a doctor will recommend avoiding intensive exercise, extreme heat or bending over at the waist for four hours after treatment as an additional precaution.
What Areas Can Botox Be Injected?
Botox can be injected into various areas of the face to target specific muscles that are causing wrinkles to form. Below is a list of the most popular Botox injection sites:
Botox can be used on and around the lips to create a more youthful look. When injected in the lip area, Botox can minimize creases in both the upper and lower lip, and elevate the corners of your mouth if they are beginning to droop or turn downwards. For patients looking to enhance the size of their upper lip, Botox can also be used to perform a procedure called a “lip flip.” A few quick injections can help the upper lip relax and roll slightly upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible.
Botox brow lift
As we age, our eyebrows are one of the first areas that are affected by loss of collagen and firmness in our skin. A Botox brow lift can raise droopy eyebrows to their former place, giving the whole upper half of the face a more awake look. By strategically placing injections into muscles above your eye area, Botox can even give your eyes more open look.
The forehead is likely the most common Botox injection site. Just a few small injection in this area can erase the common forehead crease that forms when we overdue surprised or worried expressions over time.
Botox under eyes
Although our eyes are where we tend to show most of our emotion, over time, years of smiling and laughing can leave us with pesky lines around our eyes. Botox is excellent at minimizing the appearance of crow’s feet and other small lines around the eyes to give you a more revived look.
Botox in armpits
Although the use of Botox in the armpits may initially seem surprising, used at this treatment site, Botox actually has another excellent result: stopping sweating. Many patients who sweat excessively under their armpits, causing them discomfort and embarrassment, opt to have Botox treatments in their underarm area. Botox works by blocking the nerves responsible for activating your sweat glands. When you receive Botox injections directly into the area of your body that commonly sweats, your overactive nerves are essentially paralyzed. This prevents you from sweating.
The neck is also an excellent area to administer Botox to slow down visible sign of aging. Skin around necks tends to sag over time due to inactive muscles in the area. Botox works by tightening these lax muscles, hence tightening up the neck’s overall appearance.