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Anti Wrinkle Injections: How Many Areas Do I Need?

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1, 2 or 3 areas for anti-wrinkle treatments? What counts as an area?

Dr Jacky Chen explains what you need to know.

Botox is a quick and minimally invasive injection that effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles with minimal downtime. By paralysing the muscles, this treatment reduces muscle movement, causing active facial lines to relax and temporarily disappear. Typical Botox effects last around three months, with a range of two to four months. Repeat treatments are necessary to maintain results but should not be done more frequently than every three months. A common misconception is that Botox completely freezes the face, however, modern techniques, including my approach, aim to reduce wrinkles without completely eliminating facial expressions.

The Upper Face:

Forehead, Frown Lines and Crow’s Feet (3 areas)

Botox effectively targets and improves the appearance of forehead, frown lines (between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet wrinkles (at the outside of the eye) by relaxing the muscles controlling the upper face. All three areas are usually treated in conjunction for a harmonised look.

Brow Lift (2 areas)

A Botox brow lift involves relaxing the eye and eyebrow muscles at the corners of the eyebrows, which raises the eyebrows slightly, reducing heaviness and giving a brighter look around the eyes.

The Lower Face (1 area each)

Jelly Roll

A Jelly Roll refers to the small bunched up appearance under the eyes on the lower eyelid. While this treatment is not suitable for every client, when appropriately indicated, Botox can effectively reduce this appearance.

Nasal Flaring

Botox can reduce nasal flaring by relaxing the nasal muscles responsible for this movement.This involves precise injections on the side of the nose to achieve the desired effect.

Nose Tip Drooping

Nose tip drooping can be corrected by injecting Botox into the muscle at the base of the nose,reducing the downward pull and improving the position of the nasal tip.

Bunny Lines

Bunny lines are diagonal lines that appear on the nose when smiling. Botox reduces these lines by relaxing the underlying muscle responsible for them.

Gummy Smile

Botox reduces a gummy smile by relaxing the muscles that elevate the upper lip. When done correctly, it effectively lowers the upper lip, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Lip Flip

The Lip Flip procedure involves relaxing the muscle around the lip, which causes the upper lip to roll slightly upward, creating the appearance of a fuller upper lip.

Lip Lines

Lip lines, often referred to as smoker’s lines, are caused by the tensing of the muscle around the lips. Botox relaxes this muscle, improving the appearance of these lines.

Down turned Smile.

A down turned smile is caused by the downward-pulling muscles at the corners of the mouth. Botox relaxes this muscle, allowing the corners of the mouth to lift slightly, resulting in a more pleasant resting lip position.

Pebbled Chin

A pebbled chin, caused by the chin muscles pulling the chin inward, creates a dimpled appearance. Botox relaxes this muscle, reducing the dimpling effect when facial expressionsare made.

Nefertiti Neck Lift

The Nefertiti Neck Lift involves injecting Botox along the lower jawline and down the side of the neck to relax the platysma muscle. This results in a smoother, more defined jawline and a lifted appearance in the neck area, enhancing the overall contour and giving a more youthful look.

Special areas (not as simple as 1,2,3)

Jaw Slimming / Teeth grinding

Botox contributes to jaw slimming by reducing the muscle bulk at the angle of the jaw. As the muscle is relaxed and less frequently activated, it gradually reduces in size, resulting in a slimmer face. This effect usually requires two to three treatments at three-month intervals and also helps reduce teeth grinding (bruxism).

Underarm Sweating

Botox is highly effective in treating excessive underarm sweating, with effects lasting between four to six months. This treatment is especially beneficial during the summer when sweating can be more problematic.

In summary

Botox provides a versatile solution for various facial concerns, categorised into upper and lower face treatments. The upper face treatments typically target three key areas: the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet. These are often performed together to achieve a harmonious and rejuvenated upper facial appearance. Lower face treatments, on the other hand, are more customised based on individual needs, addressing specific concerns as above. Jawline slimming and underarm sweating tend to not be counted as areas but as separate treatments. 

As a doctor with years of experience in plastic surgery, I am well-positioned to provide expert advice on individualised Botox treatments for the face using the highest quality products. My approach ensures that each treatment plan is tailored to meet the unique needs and aesthetic goals of every client. Begin your journey to a more youthful and refreshed appearance by scheduling a free consultation with me, where we can design the perfect treatment plan for you.

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Dr Jacky Chen

Perfect 10 Medical