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How can Botox keep you looking younger?

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Botox can do much more than you have ever thought.  Many people don’t realize that many of the evolution of facial aging is caused by loss of volume in the face but also by how the face muscles try to compensate for this loss of volume.  For example, the horizontal forehead lines get deeper as the  forehead brow muscles work harder to lift the falling of the brows.

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Botox can keep you younger for longer by quieting hyperactive facial muscles.  Adding facial volume by adding facial fillers can improve the effect dramatically

The horizontal forehead lines give the appearance of being worried, concerned, and older.  They are caused by the frontalis muscle which normally act to raise the eyebrows.  

As you develop extra upper eyelid skin that can close off your eyes or as gravity drags your brows down with age, the frontalis muscle becomes hyperactive in an effort to raise the eyebrows so that you can see better.  This effort causes the development of more and deeper forehead lines.  

Treating the frontalis muscle with botox will decrease the appearance of these lines.  

Be aware that this muscle normally keeps your brow elevated.  Overtreatment of this area causes the brow to fall and the eyelids to feel heavy.  This is the most common problem we see from patients treated by less experienced doctors and practitioners from other facilities.  

We have tips and tricks to not only avoid this problem but to also fix the problem once we see it.

 

The vertical “angry” lines between the brows above the nose give the appearance of being angry or worried.  The lines are caused by the glabellar and corrugator muscles which normally act to bring the grows centrally and down.  

Treating these muscles will not only reduce the appearance of these lines, but will actually elevate the brows

The crows feet lines are the wrinkles that extend to the side of the eye when you smile or squint. 

They are caused by a circular muscle around the the entire eye called the orbicularis muscle.  Treating this muscle will reduce the appearance of the crow’s feet lines. 

The lateral brow lift is included here because it is one of the most popular treatments that we perform using BOTOX, even though it is not a wrinkle treatment.  

 

The procedure is performed by treating the upper part of the circular orbicularis muscle (see crow’s feet). Contraction of this circular eye muscle near the eyebrow causes the brow to come down. Treatment of this muscle will therefore raise the lateral brow. Similarly, treatment of the glabellar muscle (see the 11’s) which normally causes the medial brow to come down will raise the medial brow.

 

The result from this treatment leave the brow slightly higher at the corners helping to brighten up the eye itself. It leaves the patient feeling more awake and helps to prevent the need for upper eye lid surgery for some time. 

Bunny lines work the same way. As you get older, the more you work that part of your face, the more likely you are to develop lines.

Ironically, the best way to treat your bunny lines is with Botox. Only this time, the Botox is injected into either side of the nose, directly targeting the lines.

As bunny lines become more and more a matter of public scrutiny, an increasing number of individuals are seeking this type of treatment.

A drooping mouth corner can be treated with Botox, treatment that can rightfully be called a lunchtime procedure. You can literally drop by over your lunch break. After pictures have been taken and a health declaration and treatment agreement have been signed, the procedure can start. Two small injections will be made in the muscles in the corners of your mouth. After the Botox treatment, you can apply mild pressure on the treated area. Cooling is not necessary.

Rejuvenation of the aging neck with botulinum toxin injections is a minimally invasive, safe, and effective treatment modality with a very high patient satisfaction rate. Treatments are usually started early in the aging process of the neck to prevent further degenerative changes and are performed thereafter at 4- to 6-month intervals. It is the ideal alternative to rhytidectomy when the patient is too young for face-lift surgery or for patients unwilling to take recuperation time. Furthermore, botulinum toxin therapy can be used to correct jowl and platysmal band asymmetry occurring after suboptimal rhytidectomy.

Botox is an effective treatment for reducing a prominent or asymmetric jaw line caused by enlarged muscles. The muscles along the posterior jaw are used to chew and clench the teeth, and can become enlarged when the teeth are clenched while sleeping. The botox treatment reduces the size of the muscles injected, thereby smoothing the facial contour.

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BOTOX has revolutionized how plastic surgeons and their patients keep patients looking young for longer without the need for surgery. BOTOX is most commonly used to remove wrinkles of the forehead, between the brows, the crow’s feet lines around the eye, and to slow down the aging process but preventing the break-down of facial collagen. Botox was FDA approved in 2002 to treat the wrinkles in between the eyebrows that patients fondly refer to as either the “11s” or the angry lines. Prior to 2002, however, Botox has been used in more “legitimate” medicine to treat muscles spasms. To this day, botox is actually used more in medicine than in cosmetic treatments. 

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How does botox take away wrinkles?

BOTOX is a neuromodulator which temporarily prevents affected muscles from contracting. The forehead lines, glabellar 11’s and the crow’s feet lines are all caused by hyperactive muscle action in the face of loose skin that results from loss of facial volume and the breakdown of tissue collagen. By temporarily preventing these muscles from contracting, the muscle is unable to cause the crease; and the crease will if it is not too ingrained, soften and then disappear. Dr. Vinyard and our expert nurse injectors are ranked in the top 1% of all medical offices in the country by Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. 

What Can You Treat With Botox?

Forehead Wrinkles

The forehead wrinkles are horizontal lines visible across the forehead and caused by the frontalis muscle. The muscle runs from the scalp to the eyebrows and helps with facial expressions such as to express inquisitiveness or surprise. As you get older, they also help you open your eyes as your upper eyelid skin gets heavier. Treating these lines is one of the most popular options for botox.  

HOW BOTOX IN THE FOREHEAD SLOWS DOWN AGING:

Treating the forehead will not only reduce the lines of the forehead but because the muscles will not be able to contract, the skin collagen does not break down as fast. This will ultimately keep the skin from stretching or sagging with time, thereby preserving your brows where they are supposed to be.

CAUTION:

If you already have low brown, then relaxing the forehead muscles (which normally elevate the brows) will cause the brows to fall; giving you the feeling and expression that your brows are heavy.

Angry 11s Between the Brows

The vertical wrinkle between your brows have been given many names. These include the 11s or the “angry” lines. These muscles are called the glabellar muscles (the corrugator muscle and the procerrus muscle) run between the eyebrows to bring them down and toward the nose; and helps with facial expressions such as to express concern, worry, anger, or concentration… none of which are good. Treating these lines gives a strong impression of youth. Nobody wants to look concerned or angry.

HOW BOTOX IN THE GLABELLA SLOWS DOWN AGING:

Treating the 11’s will not only reduce the lines of the forehead, but because the muscles will not be able to contract, the brows will stay in a higher position over time. Not only are higher brows more youthful, but they take the pressure off of the upper eyelids. 

Crow's Feet

The crows feet lines are the wrinkles that extend to the side of the eye when you smile or squint. They are caused by a circular muscle around the the entire eye called the orbicularis. Therefore, treating this muscle will only prevent the part of the muscle that is treated from contracting… that is a good thing. As we get older, we begin to lose tissue volume in the temples. This allows the deflated tissue to sag; the orbicularis muscle becomes hyperactive because it has to work harder to move the skin that is no longer tight. A nice addition to this procedure is to add a cosmetic filler like Juvederm or Voluma to the temples.

A limitation to the treatment is BOTOX will not treat all the lines consistently. In particular, the lower lines on the cheek are not usually treated. These are caused more so by the cheek elevating when you smile as opposed to the muscle action of the orbicularis muscle  

HOW BOTOX SLOWS DOWN AGING:

Treating the crow’s feet lines will not only reduce the visible wrinkles around the eye, but it will slow down the apparent aging in the area. Because the muscle is no longer able to contract the skin, the collagen does not break down as fast. The lower eyelid skin does not stretch or sag as fast over time. 

CAUTION:

Some inexperienced practitioners will get too close to the upper eyelid which has a different muscle that raises the upper eyelid.  The BOTOX will stop the upper eyelid muscle from working which normally raises the upper eyelid.  The result is and eyelid droop.  Eyelid droop can be partially treated with iodipine drops.

Bunny Lines

The bunny lines are wrinkles over the bridge of the nose as you wrinkle your nose or smile. They are caused by the nasalis muscle located over the bridge. 

Brow Lift

The lateral brow lift is included here because it is one of the most popular treatments that we perform using BOTOX, even though it is not a wrinkle treatment.  

The procedure is performed by treating the upper part of the circular orbicularis muscle (see crow’s feet). Contraction of this circular eye muscle near the eyebrow causes the brow to come down. Treatment of this muscle will therefore raise the lateral brow. Similarly, treatment of the glabellar muscle (see the 11’s) which normally causes the medial brow to come down will raise the medial brow.

The result from this treatment leave the brow slightly higher at the corners helping to brighten up the eye itself. It leaves the patient feeling more awake and helps to prevent the need for upper eye lid surgery for some time. 

Botox Does More Than Treat Wrinkles

  • Reduce TMJ Pain
  • Reduce Smoker’s Lines
  • Neck Lift and Contouring
  • Slim the Jawline
  • Treat Chin Dimpling
  • Turn the Corners of the Mouth Up  ( grumpy cat treatment )
  • Reduce Migraine
  • Headaches
  • Stop sweating ( forehead, hands, underarms, feet )

WHAT TO EXPECT

YOUR EVALUATION

4 PIILLARS OF FACIAL AGING

If you have never had botox before, your evaluation and consultation will review the 4 pillars of aging. These include the loss of facial volume, the loss and break-down of tissue collagen, the resulting hyperactivity of the muscles of facial expression, and the surface skin changes that change the radiance of your skin. These are reviewed in a different page.  

YOUR ANTI-AGING PLAN

Based on how these changes may have affected you, we will develop a treatment plan. It is very possible that BOTOX is the only item on the treatment plan.  

YOUR BOTOX TREATMENT PLAN

Based first on your concerns, and then on your physical evaluation, a treatment plan is created just for BOTOX. This includes deciding whether you would benefit from treatment of your forehead, 11’s, crow’s feet, or bunny lines. Each area will generally require about 20 units of botox for optimal results. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

YOUR INJECTION

YOUR FIRST BOTOX INJECTION

Your treatment will be done by one of our cosmetic nurses who have been personally trained by Dr. Chang. Their training requires a full year internship. At the end of the internship, they would have had more experience than 90 percent of non-plastic surgeons and 70% of plastic surgeons. They are trained in surgery to see the real muscles in action that they will at some point address. 

Each area is treated with a 30 gauge needle. This is the smallest needle available provided for your comfort. Topical numbing is generally not provided as it is not particularly effective. You may, however, request it if you want. Each area will have 2-4 injections per side.  In general, there is no significant bruising. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

AFTER TREATMENT

AFTER YOUR FIRST TREATMENT

The reduced muscle activity starts 3-4 days after receiving your injections.  from that point, it will take another 2 weeks to see maximum benefit. Although we will often hear anecdotal stories of Botox lasting 6 or more months. The manufacturer reports an average of about 3-4 months. The strategy is to be re-treated in 3 months in order to avoid having the muscle get worked up and strong again.  

Your smooth, younger-looking skin will remain for approximately three to four months before the muscles slowly being to move again. Maintenance injections every three to four months will preserve your smoother, more youthful look. 

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Dr. William Vinyard is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has devoted his professional life to the study and practice of cosmetic plastic surgery and advanced breast reconstruction techniques. Dr. Vinyard earned his way into a prestigious and rare Aesthetic and Breast Surgery Fellowship to become one of the few surgeons to complete four full surgical training programs in General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Advanced Breast Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery. His love for education is apparent in his consultations, as you will find his explanations are richer and fuller than most. He is recognized by his patients and peers for his meticulous technique, eye for detail and ability to create beautiful results.

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