Neuromodulators, such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Daxxify, are aesthetic injections commonly used for both prevention and correction of fine lines and wrinkles. The quick and fairly painless procedure are utilized for cosmetic reasons, as well as medical purposes. These treatments involve injecting neurotoxins into specific muscles, resulting in temporary muscle relaxation and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as other medical purposes like pain relief and reducing sweat production. In this blog, we will explore the various injection sites for neuromodulators, some you know well and others you may be unfamiliar with, and how they can benefit you.
Botox and Dysport can be injected into the forehead to treat horizontal lines that form when the frontalis muscle contracts. By injecting neurotoxins into this muscle, they block the nerve signals, preventing muscle contractions. This leads to a smoother forehead and a reduction in forehead lines, creating a more youthful appearance. They can also help prevent these lines from worsening
Glabellar Lines (Frown Lines)
Glabellar lines, often referred to as “frown lines” or “elevens,” are the vertical wrinkles that appear between the eyebrows. Botox and Dysport are excellent for treating these lines! By injecting the neurotoxins into the corrugator and procerus muscles, the muscles responsible for creating these lines, they relax, softening the wrinkles and restoring a more relaxed, less angry look.
Crow’s feet are the fine lines that radiate from the outer corners of the eyes when we smile or squint. Botox and Dysport can be precisely injected into the orbicularis oculi muscles to relax them, reducing the appearance of these wrinkles. This treatment not only softens crow’s feet but also brightens the eyes and imparts a more youthful appearance.
Bunny lines are the horizontal wrinkles that appear on the nose when we scrunch our noses or smile. Botox and Dysport can be used to relax the nasalis muscle, which causes these lines. By injecting the neurotoxins into this muscle, the bunny lines become less pronounced, enhancing overall facial harmony.
Lower Face Tox
Marionette lines are the vertical lines that extend from the corners of the mouth down to the chin, often making a person appear upset or older than they actually are. These lines can sometimes be improved by targeting the DAO depressor muscles, which pull the corners of the mouth downward, eventually resulting in a joweling appearance. Neuromodulators can also be injected in the chin to treat dimpling and scrunching of the chin.
Mandibular & Neck Platysmal Bands
The platysmal muscle in the neck extends upward over the mandible, or jaw, which can effect the appearance of the jawline. When the muscle works, it can cause the area of the jaw to pull downward. When the muscle is relaxed with tox, it can give a minor lift to the area, preventing the appearance of joweling from happening. Treatment for Botox/Dysport in the neck plat bands can help relax the overactive muscles that become more and more prominent with age. Overactive plat bands can lead to tech neck, turkey neck, or loss of laxity in the skin of the neck area.
Botox/Dysport injections in the trapezius muscle, also known as trap-tox or Barbie-tox (as dubbed by social media), is a less common but effective treatment option for both aesthetic purposes and pain relief. The trapezius muscle is a large muscle located on the upper back and neck, and it plays a significant role in the movement and support of the head and shoulders. Constant tension and straining of the trap muscle can cause chronic pain and tension headaches. Freezing the muscle can relieve some of this pain. Injecting tox into the trap muscle can also have aesthetic benefits, such as slimming and elongating the neck.
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for the person suffering. Neurotoxins can help treat Hyperhidrosis by blocking the nerve signals that tell the sweat glands to be active. The International Hyperhidrosis Society states that patients who have received Botox for excessive sweating have found it reduced by 85%.
Tox for TMJ
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly known as TMJ or TMD, can cause significant discomfort and interfere with daily life due to jaw pain, headaches, and related symptoms. Botox and Dysport have proven to be an amazing treatment to alleviate the negative effects that accompany TMJ. While neuromodulators cannot cure TMJ, we can at least help make you more comfortable in your day to day life!
At The Spa at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, our providers are committed to making our patients feel at their most confident and comfortable in their day to day lives. It’s amazing how many treatment areas and benefits that neuromodulators have to offer, and we believe it’s important to know your options! We offer complimentary consultations to discuss a treatment plan that is uniquely tailored to meet your specific dosing and needs. To schedule, call or text the office at 618-307-6233. Or, while you’re here, simply fill out one of our contact forms and we will reach out to you. We look forward to meeting you!