Industry Secrets: Things You Didn’t Know About Botox
Most patients start using Botox in their mid 30’s. However, in recent years Botox has become very popular among younger generations: both women and men start doing Botox as early as their mid 20’s. This preventative approach to Botox benefits patients in the long term - the more consistent you are with your injections, the less units you need and the longer the effect will last. Doctors recommended to get injections every 3 to 6 months.
Other factors that influence how long Botox lasts are:
• your age
• how deep are your wrinkles
• what area is being treated
• how many units are injected
Your metabolism and physical activity levels also effect the longevity of injections - the faster is your metabolism and the higher physical activity levels - the faster your body will process the neurotoxin. Thus, Botox lasts a different amount of time for different people.
Not everyone knows other uses of Botox besides smoothing the forehead wrinkles. Besides smoothing the lines around your eyes, your injector can also perform a non-surgical eyebrow lift. Your nurse or doctor will inject a few units to elevate the outer brow which will open up your eyes and give you a fresher, more awake look.
Botox can also be injected around your mouth to treat “marionette lines” - lines that run from the corners of your mouth down. You can achieve different effects when your injector is experienced: you can elevate corners of your mouth, you can get get rid of “smokers lines” - vertical lines when you pout your lips - these are extremely hard to conceal and doing Botox to relax these muscles will easily take 10 years from your face. Botox can also correct gummy smile”, as some people have an excessive amount of upper gum showing when they smile. After being injected in your Cupid’s bow, Botox will relax the muscle and it will help cover your gums. Your lips will also look a little bigger.
“Botox lip flip” is another procedure that is gaining more and more popularity. It is a great alternative to dermal fillers, and it will help you achieve a settle, more natural look. For lip flip Botox is injected into your upper lip. When the product settles in, it causes the muscle to relax, curling your lip upward. Your lips will lengthen and appear to be larger without adding volume. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can use both Botox and dermal fillers if you are going for a more dramatic look.