Friday, 1 May 2015

Botox: 3 Common Questions Answered

Botox: 3 Common Questions Answered

Botox is one of the most performed procedures at SpaMedica. It’s a quick and non-invasive treatment that can dramatically improve the look of your facial lines and wrinkles. Like with any other procedure, patients and prospective patients have lots of questions to ask about Botox. If you’ve been thinking about the treatment yourself, get more insight by reading Dr. Mulholland’s answers to a few questions about Botox below.

Q: Can Botox help to give eyebrows more of an arched shape?

Dr. Mulholland: Your question is excellent. Most patients view Botox merely as a wrinkle-reduction injection. In fact, Botox can be used to shape the contour of the brow, the position of the midface and the acuity of the jaw and neckline. 

The ability to create an arched brow will depend upon the specific and unique constellation of depressors and elevators that you have active in the upper part of your face, brow and eyes. If you have the right combination of depressors and elevators, an arched shape can be achieved from a relatively flat or umbrella-shaped brow.

Seeking the expert consultation of a physician experienced in brow shaping would be important. Botox, to me, has always been a primary facial shaping opportunity and this can be accomplished with Botox, Dysport or Xeomin.

Before and after photo of a patient who had Botox
Source: SpaMedica. This patient had Botox to soften the lines between her brows and on her forehead.
Q: I got Botox for the third time and it feels like I get headaches with it. My forehead always feels sore even weeks or months after the procedure. It feels like I am run down and headachy. Can this be related to Botox?

Dr. Mulholland: The symptoms you describe are generally not attributed to the use of Botox or any other neuromodulators. It is not uncommon, in perhaps 5% to 10% of patients, to experience feelings of flu symptomatology – such as muscle aches, pains, fever, nausea – in the first hours to a few days after a Botox injection. To have these symptoms many weeks after a Botox injection is more suggestive of another viral illness. If this persists, you should definitely seek the advice of your family physician to rule out other causes of these vague infective symptoms.

Q: This will be my first time getting Botox. I want to get minimal injections to smooth out my forehead wrinkles. Baby Botox or Botox Lite, definitely under 10 units. I do not want a super frozen look or sagging brows.

Dr. Mulholland: The use of Botox and its relatives, Xeomin and Dysport, to relax facial animation, can be performed in many unique and artistic ways. The “Baby Botox” or “Botox Lite” is the use of minimal Botox to soften expression and animation and minimize the presence of unwanted lines. Baby Botox or Botox light is an excellent way to achieve a degree of judicious modulation in facial activity without looking “frozen”.  

This concept of Baby Botox and Botox Lite has become particularly important in this area of pre-juvenation. Pre-juvenation is the use of medical aesthetics and its products such as Botox, soft tissue fillers and energy-assisted devices at a younger age, often in late 20s or early 30s, to eliminate facial aging and wrinkles that may have a hereditary predisposition prior to their occurring. Pre-juvenation should be done judiciously to ensure that you have a great look rather than a “done” look.

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