Botulinum Toxin (aka Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, Xeomin) is a natural purified protein that can be used to relax muscles responsible for signs of facial aging. Here are the top three ways dentists, physicians and nurses can use Botox injections to decrease signs of aging and enhance your patient’s appearance.
#1) Smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the face and neck
As we age, fine lines and wrinkles develop in the following areas:
- upper face: frown lines or creases between the eyebrows, crow’s feet (lines radiating out from the side of the eyes) and forehead lines
- mid-face: lines around the nose area and under the eyes
- lower-face: smoker lines, marionette lines and chin lines
- neck: necklace lines and jowls
With a deep understanding of underlying anatomy and using proper facial photography, practitioners can diagnose which muscles are causing the wrinkles and know which specific muscles to treat (not just inject into wrinkles!) Using the PTIFA Botox cosmetic injection templates, practitioners can inject small amounts of Botox (or Dysport or Xeomin). The result is a softening of these undesirable lines, and a smoother, more youthful appearance.
#2) Brow Lift
The position of one’s brow is dependent on how the muscles are working above and below the brow. The corrigator muscle pulls the eyebrows down and toward the center, and the frontalis muscle lifts the eyebrows up. The orbicularis oculi muscle also contributes to the position of the tail of the brow. A skilled Botox injector who has a deep understanding of anatomy will know how to specifically inject the correct muscles to achieve ideal brow position. Often patients request an eyebrow lift which gives the eyes a more open look, or an arching of the tail of the brow. On average, the lift can be up to 2 millimeters, which may sound minimal, but is usually enough for a noticeable improvement.
#3) Reduce Gummy Smiles and Balance Uneven Lips
Many patients feel that they show too much gum when they smile, or have a canted/uneven lip position. Using small amounts of Botox, a highly trained medical provider can provide a few injections to specific small muscles of the mid-face to improve a gummy smile or to balance the lip position.
For more information, we recommend that you register for the online Level 1 course – Advanced Anatomy & Intro to Botulinum Toxin. This course is an excellent way for medical practitioners to get started with cosmetic injectables, and see if it’s something they would like to incorporate into their practice.