The Best Areas for Botox Treatment

An estimated 11 million people worldwide have trusted their appearances to Botox® Cosmetic since it was introduced in 2002. It’s the most popular anti-aging treatment of its kind, with people from all backgrounds seeking its wrinkle-fighting effects.

The aging process is natural, and it can’t be completely stopped. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t address the lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging that may bother you.

Oswald Mikell, MD, and our team at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry specialize in Botox injections, which can minimize wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance.

How does Botox work?

There are two kinds of wrinkles: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles, such as sagging skin, form due to aging and sun damage. Dynamic wrinkles — which is what Botox treats — develop due to years of making repeated facial expressions. 

Over time, the muscles that form these facial expressions can begin to stay in a semicontracted state, thus pushing the skin above them into folds and wrinkles. When Botox is injected into the muscles, it temporarily causes them to relax. In turn, the skin above them smoothes out.

What types of wrinkles can Botox treat best?

Botox is FDA-approved to improve the appearance of many common expression lines, including the following:

Crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are the fine lines that appear on the outside corners of the eyes. Some people have crow’s feet only when they squint, but the wrinkles can be a constant presence for others. 

Crow’s feet develop because the skin around the eyes is much thinner than elsewhere on the body. To compound the problem, the areas are particularly susceptible to damage from the sun’s UV rays and the natural aging process. As time goes on, each time you blink, squint, or smile, the wrinkles can begin to etch their way into your skin.

Botox treatments can gently relax the muscles around your eye to smooth out the skin. To treat crow’s feet, Dr. Mikell makes several small injections around the outer corners of each eye.

Forehead lines

Forehead lines appear as horizontal lines above your eyebrows. These wrinkles are often some of the first signs of facial aging. In fact, forehead lines may begin developing when you’re in your 20s.

These wrinkles are caused primarily by facial expressions, with the biggest culprit being raising your eyebrows. Through years of using your forehead muscles, these muscles can begin to stay contradicted to some degree and push the skin above them into folds. 

To treat forehead lines, Dr. Mikell injects Botox into strategic areas across your forehead. By injecting only certain areas, your forehead wrinkles will disappear, but you’ll still be able to make expressions and look natural.

Frown lines

Unlike horizontal forehead lines that might stretch across your forehead, frown lines are the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows. Sometimes called “11s,” these wrinkles can make you look like you're upset or frowning, even when you’re not.

Frown lines form as skin gets thinner and more delicate with age. Coupled with dynamic expressions, such as furrowing your brows or frowning, you can develop deep lines in your skin.

Dr. Mikell treats frown lines by injecting Botox in the area between your brows. When the muscles relax, the skin can also relax.

Get a customized plan

As a trained dermatologist, Dr. Mikell specializes in delivering naturally beautiful results with Botox. Once he understands your concerns and goals, he’ll give you a thorough evaluation and let you know the treatments that will work best for you. Then, once you discuss your options, he’ll design a treatment plan to fulfill your aesthetic goals.

Whether you’re bothered by lines around your eyes, on your forehead, or between your eyebrows, Botox could be the answer you’ve been seeking. To find out how Botox may be able to help you, book an appointment over the phone with Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry today.

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