Botox in All the Wrong Places
Fortunately, there are several precautions patients can take to protect themselves from Botox in all the wrong places.
1. Choose a Qualified Injector with Extensive Training and Experience
If you want to avoid Botox in all the wrong places and achieve natural-looking results, it’s important to seek a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
Not only do these providers have years of medical education and training, they also have in-depth knowledge of the way that muscles, tissues, and nerves operate and work together.
It’s also a good idea to find out how often the injector performs Botox and look at before and after photos to determine if her aesthetic sense matches your own.
2. Realize that Botox is Most Effective in the Upper Part of the Face
Botox is a neuromodulator and works by temporarily paralyzing targeted muscles. While it can be administered to virtually any muscle, it is cleared and most effective in the upper 1/3 of the face.
More specifically, Botox provides to best wrinkle reduction for horizontal forehead lines, glabellar lines, and crow’s feet.
3. Be Cautious of Injections in the Lower Face
The lower face tends to be more sensitive to injections and can be more difficult to treat. In fact, poorly-placed Botox in this area can alter movement of the cheeks and mouth as well as lead to an asymmetrical smile.
For these reasons, always ensure that the injector has extensive experience with off-label Botox applications.
4. Know that the Forehead is a Common Site for Complications
When too much Botox is administered in the forehead, compared to the sides, it can result in a Spock brow. The Spock brow starts low and has a high tail and is a tell-tale sign of bad Botox.
5. Trust that Your Provider Knows Where to Inject and to Avoid
A skilled injector will customize treatment to each individual’s facial anatomy and strategically place Botox to maximize benefits and mitigate risks.
Doing so, helps to avoid Botox in all the wrong places and allows patients to look like refreshed versions of themselves.