Some have called it the miracle treatment. Others consider it a must have for anyone with fine lines and wrinkles. Still others swear by its ability to take years off of one's appearance. Plastic surgeons everywhere have been administering Botox injections to their patients for a number of years. Due to how successful the drug is for achieving its intended effects, there is little wonder why more and more people are deciding to have this type of cosmetic work done on their bodies.
The key toxin in Botox is used to stop nerve communication to the brain. Thus, the injection site is essentially made to be dormant, which in effect neutralizes the muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract. In theory, the drug can be used anywhere, but given the potential risk of permanent nerve damage; there are a few areas where it should be avoided. It should also be noted that Botox is not fix-all solution and should not be thought of as such. Like any form of plastic surgery, it requires a suitable patient to minimizeize potential complications. If you are thinking about getting the treatment and if your doctor has given you the OK to proceed, here is some information regarding popular injection sites and the conditions the drug can alleviate.
Common Botox Injection Areas (and body regions to avoid)
- The face; regardless if you have unsightly wrinkles on the lower part of your face or crow's feet beneath your eyelids, there is a Botox injection for you. Being able to dramatically diminish the appearance of these conditions is what made the drug famous in the first place, which is why thousands of people continue to visit their plastic surgeons in hopes for a more youthful look.
- The neck; This is one area where many people do not even think to have an injection, but it could very well work out in your favor, especially if you have predominant neck bands. These are the caused by the loosing of the muscle on the neck, which occurs periodically over time. A quick dose of Botox can restore the muscle's firmness to its former state, causing the bands to disappear.
- The nose; granted that it is a part of the face, the nose has not traditionally been a popular site for an injection. However, this does not mean the treatment can not work wonders. People with severe bunny lines (wrinkles on the bridge of the nose) will benefit the most.
- Your ears; More specifically, Botox can be used to tighten your earlobes if they are sagging. This happens to all of us as we age, but is more prevalent among men and women who wear earrings (thicker, heavier studies facilitate the drooping process).
While the one region where a vast majority of patients have the injections performed is the face (as a means for getting rid of crow's feet under eyes, as well as lines and wrinkles on the cheeks), Botox is not limited to where it can be applied. Although the risk of developing botulism indeed exists, these treatments are quite safe.