BONT-A (BOTULINUM TOXIN TYPE A)
Botox® (Onabotulinum A), Xeomin® (Incobotulinum A) and Dysport® (Abobotulinum A)
Botulinum toxin type A is an injectable medicine that is used to treat a variety of therapeutic and cosmetic conditions. Currently, there are 3 Botulinum Toxin Type A’s that are FDA approved; Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. Injectable Aesthetics use both Botox® and Xeomin® only.
– Botox injected “in between the brows.” This is the most commonly asked for area by patients. Vertical lines in between the brow commonly known as “11’s,” can be bothersome and unsightly.
– Horizontal lines across the forehead that are caused by raising the eyebrows. Botox in this area helps to relax the brow’s upward pull, creating less lines on the forehead.
– By placing Botox into the muscle that surronds the eye, softening or elimination of the lines around the eye can be seen.
Suborbital or Under Eye
– Small amounts of Botox can be placed under the eye to help soften fine lines or minimize the “jelly roll” or fat pad that forms under the eye when smiling. This procedure also helps to open eye aperture when smiling.
– Botox into the three brow depressor muscles (or muscles that function to pull the brow down) can create a 2-3mm lift of the eyebrows. This is great for patients with “deep set” eyes or those with “hooded eyes.”
– Often times, after several treatments of Botox in between the brows, “bunny lines” or horizontal lines across the bridge of the nose begin to form. Treatment with Botox to this area relaxes the nasalis muscle, thereby softening or removing the lines.
– Patient’s who show a large amount of gum tissue above their teeth when smiling, can use Botox to help show less gum when smiling. By placing Botox into the muscle that elevates the upper lip, the upper lip actually lowers, creating a less “gummy” smile.
Perioral Lines (aka Smoker Lines)
– Lines above the lip can be caused from smoking, heredity, or drinking out of straws. These lines can be softened or eliminated by placing Botox into the muscle that surrounds the lips. By softening the pull of this muscle, the lines improve as well as prevent new lines from forming.
Eversion or “rolling out” of the upper lip
– By placing Botox into the border of the lip, the lip actually rolls up, causing the upper lip to look fuller. As we age, the upper lip has a tendency to roll down and lose volume. This procedure helps flip the lip back up, into the position it once was in when the patient was younger.
–Botox can be placed into the muscle that acts to pull the corners of the mouth down. This is generally done in combination with filler for optimal results, but can be done alone. This not only helps to raise the corners of the mouth, but also works to make filler last longer in this area.
Pebbly Chin or “Orange Peel” Chin
– By placing Botox into the muscle located in the chin, it helps to soften the skin of the chin, creating a more smooth appearance.
– The Goddess of Nefertiti was known for her long flawless neck. By placing Botox into the muscle that draws the jowls and neck down, the neck can look rejuvenated and the jawline can look more defined. This procedure works best on patients with mild to moderate skin laxity of the neck.
Clenching or Grinding of the Teeth
– By placing Botox into the largest “chewing muscle,” the symptoms such as headaches, jaw soreness, and pain can be alleviated. The jawline often appears square in patients who suffer from TMD or bruxism due to their constant grinding and clenching. By placing Botox into the Massetter muscle, the muscle atrophies, causing the jawline to taper in.
– Excessing sweating under the arms often causes unsightly sweat stains on shirts, and can be quite embarrassing. By placing Botox under the arms, the sweat glands no longer can hyperfunction, causing less sweat.