I know Botox is often used to treat frown lines but are there any other wrinkles or conditions that it’s often used to treat?
Although Botox is probably best known for its ability to treat frown lines, I use Botox to treat many other areas of the face to reduce wrinkles. I use a very conservative amount of Botox in the forehead on patients with forehead lines. I try to under treat this area as I feel that too much Botox in this area gives the individual the frozen and expressionless appearance that most of my patients are trying to avoid. My patients have been extremely pleased with Botox when applied around the eyes. When properly administered the Botox not only will soften the “crow’s feet” at the sides of the eyes, but, it will also help to elevate the eyebrow to get rid of that hooded appearance. I use a small amount of Botox around the mouth for patients with vertical lines in this area, and in combination with dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm in order to rejuvenate the corners of the mouth or “marionette lines”. I also use Botox for a condition called hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. When applied to the underarms, the palms of the hands, or soles of the feet, the sweat glands are turned off much like the muscle activity where the Botox has been injected in the face. Finally, an added benefit of Botox treatments to the forehead and frown lines has been a noticeable decrease in head aches. In those patients who present with head aches I will inject Botox into specific muscles groups of the temple, forehead, and scalp and this has really been a great source of relief for these individuals.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld