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Botox for Face Lift

There is a new technique in the world of Botox, and it is called the “liquid face lift.” This can be used to address issues of heaviness and sagging around the jawline and jowls. With a liquid face lift, clients can achieve results similar to those of a surgical facelift, but there’s no downtime or surgery required.

At [company name], we focus on lifting the facial structures back up to their proper positions. We accomplish this through strategically placed injections of Botox. The areas that are injected depend on which facial structures are perceived to be sagging. During your consultation with our lead injector, he will evaluate your facial structure and determine which areas would benefit most from injections. In this guide, we review the aspects of Botox for face lift, botox face slimming, Is Botox better than a facelift, and How long does a Botox face lift last?

Botox works by relaxing the muscles that pull down on your facial structures. As a result, these structures are lifted up into their proper place. After your injection appointment, you can expect to see some results within about one week. Your full results will appear after about four weeks.

The improvements made by a liquid face lift typically last for about three months before they fade away completely. In order to maintain your results, you will need to return for additional treatment appointments every three months or so, as needed.

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areas of the face to treat with botox

The most popular area of use for BOTOX® is the face. By relaxing different facial muscles – from the forehead to the neck – wrinkles can be minimised, resulting in the smoothing of the overlying skin.

Upper face

Frown lines (Botox between eyebrows)

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Glabella lines (frown lines) are the vertical creases that appear between the eyebrows, generating a tired or angry look. This is a very effective area on which to use BOTOX®. An experienced practitioner can subtly smooth these frown lines, resulting in a rejuvenated and more relaxed appearance. If the glabella lines are deep set, the practitioner is likely to recommend treatment with dermal filler in combination with Botulinum Toxin, which is a highly effective way to fill and smooth the area simultaneously. If you are still looking for your best anti-wrinkle injections practitioner, take a look at our dedicated blog where we share some great tips on how to tell if your Botox specialist is properly trained. 

Forehead lines

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Forehead lines, also known as forehead wrinkles or ‘surprise lines,’ become more apparent as we age. Excessive lines on your forehead can give the face and skin an aged appearance.

If you’re starting to see traces in your late 20s or early 30s it is best to consider exploring preventative treatment options. The more you wait to address your forehead wrinkles the more difficult it will be to achieve the best possible results.

Horizontal forehead lines are mostly due to genetic ageing. Sun damage or smoking can also result in the formation of creases that are deeper and more difficult to treat. Our anti-ageing injectables can lessen the effect of forehead wrinkles but may not remove the lines completely.

During your consultation, your practitioner might recommend a combination of BOTOX® and another treatment, such as dermal fillers, micro-needling, Ultherapy or Thermage. If you would like to learn more about how to get rid of forehead wrinkles take a look at our dedicated blog where we thoroughly discuss the main causes, best treatment as well as the different stages of these common wrinkles in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

Top of the nose (bunny lines)

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‘Bunny lines’ are the creases that appear when the nose wrinkles up; for example, when we sniff or smell something.

The careful placement of anti-wrinkle injections at either side of the nose can reduce the appearance of these lines. An experienced practitioner should administer the injections as your smile can be affected if they are not carried out properly.

Eyes

Eyebrows/hooded eyes

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There is an advanced technique that can be used to sculpt and lift the eyebrows to form the shape you desire. Sometimes called a ‘chemical brow lift’ or ‘BOTOX® facelift’, this procedure involves an experienced practitioner placing injections in a careful combination of areas on the upper face to open up the eye area and lift droopy lids.

The brow is well supported and its position above the eye remains high on younger faces. However, the effects of ageing can cause the brow to drop, giving the eyelid a ‘hooded’ appearance. This can create horizontal folds in the surrounding skin.

Botulinum Toxin Injections can be used very effectively to counteract this effect, raising and defining the eyebrows. However, it’s important to use the treatment sparingly in this area to avoid the recognisable overarched, ‘surprised’ look.

In any case, recent trends have favoured the ‘boy brow’, characterised by the natural-looking, low arch seen on celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson.

But since every person’s face is unique, the precise placement of the injectable treatment and intended overall result will be determined with your practitioner during your consultation.

Around the eyes (crow’s feet)

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The appearance of fine lines, or ‘crow’s feet’ at the outer corners of the eyes, and their presence even when you’re not smiling, is often associated with ageing. However, BOTOX® is very effective in reducing their appearance. It’s therefore one of the most popular areas for the treatment.

With careful assessment, anti-ageing injectables in this area can also help alleviate drooping eyelids – an effect that can make the eyes appear smaller.

Under the eyes (tear trough)

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It is possible to smooth fine creases underneath the eyes using BOTOX®. However, the area must be approached with caution. The muscle that is injected is the same muscle that partially controls the lower eyelid. If too much is used, or the injection is placed incorrectly, it may lead to a drop of the lower eyelid.

If it is under-eye ‘bags’ that you wish to address – that is, the area between the lower eyelid and the upper cheek, or ‘tear trough – then it might be that a different treatment would be more effective than Botulinum Toxin, or could be used in combination with it.

For example, ‘bags’ under the eyes are often caused by loss of volume in the tear trough area, meaning dermal fillers may be more suitable. Alternatively, at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic we offer Ultherapy and Thermage® Eyes, which can also treat hollowing in the tear trough area.

Your practitioner will be able to advise on the best course of treatment for your concern during the consultation.

Lower face

Lipstick lines

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The fine lines around the mouth or ‘lipstick lines’ become more apparent with age are another ageing concern. Most cosmetic practitioners would recommend treating these with dermal fillers rather than BOTOX®.

We use muscles in this area when we smile and for other facial expressions. Although some practitioners might use Botulinum Toxin injections to help turn the corners of the mouth up and improve a person’s smile, this is usually carried out in conjunction with dermal fillers.

For other lines around the mouth, most practitioners would recommend the use of dermal fillers to smooth the wrinkles, creating a refined surface to the skin with minimal, if any, risk.

Chin Botox (to prevent dimpling)

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As we get older, the muscles in the chin, known as the mentalis muscles, become overactive – meaning they flex more often than they should, creating a dimpled, puckered appearance.

The following issues worsen the situation:

  • tissue loss, making the skin appear thinner
  • sun exposure
  • bone loss
  • gum recession
  • receding chin

BOTOX® can be used to relax these muscles, thereby smoothing and reducing the overall dimpled effect.

Jawline and neck

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Lines and wrinkles can develop on the neck as we age due to a number of factors, including:

  • genetics
  • the effects of gravity on the skin
  • weakened collagen
  • overworked facial muscles

BOTOX® can be used to smooth the neck in a procedure known as the ‘Nefertiti lift’. It is effective at relaxing two types of lines around the neck:

Horizontal – As we get older, horizontal creases or bands naturally form on the neck. We can reduce these lines by injecting small amounts of Botulinum Toxin above and below the wrinkles wherever they appear – this could be all the way around the neck. Some practitioners refer to this as a BOTOX® ‘necklace’. These types of lines can be treated with a combination of injectables and dermal filler, such as Juvéderm.

Vertical – Some people, especially those who exercise a lot, develop rope-like vertical protrusions on their neck that are particularly apparent when they speak. The platysma muscles cause these bands to develop. They strengthen and grow through years of eating, straining and general tension in the jaw. The muscles extend from the top of the chest to the lower jawline and can be more apparent when a person smiles. We sometimes refer to sagging platysma muscles as a ‘turkey neck’.

However, we can smooth and relax these bands with a BOTOX® treatment.

Jaw angle (teeth grinding – bruxism)

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Prolonged episodes of teeth grinding and jaw clenching – known as bruxism – can result in:

  • worn teeth
  • headaches
  • earaches

Bruxism occurs subconsciously, often during sleep. Sleep conditions, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (in which your natural breathing patterns are disrupted), have been linked to incidences of bruxism, as well as stress.

Bruxism may not be permanent; however, episodes often occur during times of great anxiety. Sufferers are also prone to overly clenching their jaw when concentrating particularly hard while awake.

BOTOX® injected into the jaw area can relax the muscles and effectively treat the condition.

What do I do next?

To find out more about Botulinum Toxin treatment or to arrange a consultation, contact our clinics in London and Buckinghamshire. Our founder, Dr Tracy Mountford has been named as one of the Best Botox doctors by Tatler magazine, and our clinic has an excellent reputation for high standards, with a 5-Star Trustpilot rating.

How to find us?

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in London is within easy reach of Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Baker Street tube stations. It is also very conveniently located and within a quick train ride from Paddington and Kings Cross St Pancras Train Stations.

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in Buckinghamshire is situated in Stoke Poges and it is nearby Gerrards Cross (Chiltern Railway) and Slough’s (First Great Western) station. It also has transport links via the M25, M4, M40 and A40 roads, making it really easy to reach from Wembley, Richmond, Kingston upon Thames and from the Surrey area.

For more information about our clinic’s locations and the most convenient way to reach us by train, personal car, bus or by foot, please take a look at our dedicated pages.

Botox in Cheeks Before and After

Botox has a very long list of benefits. The most prominent ones are smoothing out of fine lines and wrinkles and treating certain medical conditions. But do you know that it can help slim down your face? Yes, it does, minus all the makeup and gym. In this article, we will share every detail about Botox to achieve a slimmer-looking face and is it right for you or not.

WHAT IS BOTOX?

For those of you who view it as a magical substance, let me try to explain it to you in the simplest way possible. Botox Cosmetic is a popular type of injectable neurotoxin that uses botulinum toxin type A to temporarily paralyze muscles. It is used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines (11 lines between your eyebrows, crow’s feet around your eyes, and horizontal forehead lines). Botox is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis and chronic migraine. And today we are going to discuss the most amazing benefit: it can help slim down and define your face.

BOTOX FOR A SLIM AND CONTOURED FACE

In addition to smoothing wrinkles, Botox can be used to slim and contour the face. The slimmer face can be achieved by targeting the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw. As a result, your face will have a square shape. This procedure is also referred to as masseter reduction. The masseters are the set of muscles that are responsible for chewing. If you grind your teeth, these muscles can become bigger.

Injecting Botox into these muscles will minimize their activity and have a dramatic impact on facial contour. At the moment, it is not approved by FDA for the lower face but the research shows it is surely safe and effective. If you don’t like how your face looks and wish to add more definition to your facial structure without undergoing the knife, Botox is certainly an amazing option.

HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE LOOK LIKE?

The procedure is actually quite simple. You can get it done during your lunch break and walk back to your workspace with a defined face. Doesn’t it sound amazing? I bet it does. Your service provider will do a brief visual assessment of the treatment site. Then, he/she will palpate the area to isolate muscles and then offer a series of two to three injections on each side of the jaw. In some cases, the service provider will ask you to take certain tests to ensure you are not allergic to Botox. The complete procedure only takes a couple of minutes and the pain level is very low. Most patients experience little to no discomfort. If you have low pain tolerance, a numbing cream is a great option.

Recovery time is very minimal but you need to avoid doing the following immediately post the procedure: touching/rubbing the injected site excessively, lying down, leaning over, exercising, taking blood-thinning medication and alcohol. Resist the urge to scratch or massage the treatment site. Some patients can feel a bit of itching but control the temptation

Botox will start to work its magic within 2 to 5 days and you will slowly start to see the results in a couple of weeks. It is important to note that the treatment will start to wear off in about 3 to 4 months’ time frame and you’ll need to get Botox multiple times a year to maintain the results.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF BOTOX

While Botox for face slimming is a low-risk procedure, there are potential side effects involved. If you choose the right service provider and stick to all the pre and post-treatment instructions, you can greatly minimize the risk. The possible effects include:

SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call or make a trip to your doctor immediately: facial swelling, pain, fever, shortness of breath, and signs of allergic reaction. Although these reactions are very uncommon, they can occur. Whenever they do, it is important to get help asap.

IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER

It is crucial to find a qualified healthcare provider to perform the procedure. The service provider can make or break the results of the procedure. Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or a dermatologist as they are the true experts of facial anatomy. To start your journey, you can start your research online. Look at different websites and social media platforms and see the service providers in your area. Make sure to pay close attention to their experience and expertise. Look at the before and after pictures provided on the website and then book a consultation.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Botox is a great way to achieve a slimmer, more defined face. It is definitely a low-risk procedure and the results are almost instantly visible. The only downside is that the results last only for four to five months and you will have to get the treatment redone to maintain the results. With that being said, the procedure isn’t as expensive as some of the more invasive face-defining options, so it might just be worth it. Please make sure to choose the right service provider and stick to all the instructions so you don’t have to deal with any side effects.

Is Botox better than a facelift

When age catches up with you, the first place to show it will be your face. Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin will become noticeable, leaving your face looking weary and worn out. Thankfully, there are several effective ways to reverse or conceal these changes. For example, you can choose to undergo a facelift or use dermal fillers like Botox.

But the two procedures are performed differently and offer different results. Therefore, you need to understand how both procedures work before you decide which one to go for. This article talks about the differences between Botox and a facelift.

Botox vs Facelift

First of all, you need to understand that Botox is an alternative to getting a surgical facelift and vice versa. A facelift is an invasive procedure that involves making incisions on your face, removing excess skin and fat from your face, and tightening the connective tissue and the sagging skin. On the other hand, Botox is a quick, injectable treatment that doesn’t require anesthesia. It is usually done in the doctor’s office. So, the procedure you go for will be based on the results you desire and the kind of correction you want to do.

When is a Facelift the Best Option

As mentioned above, a facelift helps lift the sagging skin, muscles, and other facial tissues, which Botox cannot do. Therefore, if you have significant skin laxity, loose skin, or excess fat around your chin or jaw, a facelift is the best option for you. This procedure is also suitable for people with sagging tissue or deep folds around their cheeks, nose, or mouth.

The main purpose of a facelift is to restore an admirable cheek volume, smooth, angular jawline without jowls, neck with no excess fat or loose muscles, and remove any signs of plastic surgery. But you need to bear in mind that a facelift is more expensive than Botox, and it’s very invasive.

When Is Botox Better?

If you are not looking to make extreme facial alterations, Botox injection is an ideal choice. This procedure is suitable for removing few small wrinkles and fine lines from your face. You can inject Botox in various parts of your face, including the glabellar region, periorbital region, forehead, and perioral region.

However, you need to understand that the results of Botox injection are not permanent. You will have to keep injecting your face to retain a youthful appearance. So, if you want longer-lasting results, choose a facelift. You should talk to Aesthetic Surgery today for more information on Botox and a facelift.


How long does a Botox face lift last

For most men and women, the earliest signs of aging begin to appear on the face. In an age of endless selfies and social media connection, feeling confident about your look is arguably more important than ever. Fortunately, modern cosmetic medicine offers a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help patients combat the signs of aging and rejuvenate their facial features for a more youthful, beautiful appearance.

Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia and the exceptional team at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery are proud to help Jacksonville, FL patients achieve their ultimate aesthetic goals through some of the most innovative, exciting, and effective anti-aging treatments available. Two of the most popular and highly sought-after therapies are surgical facelift and injectable BOTOX®. While both options are capable of producing gorgeous results, each has its own unique set of characteristics and applications. Learn more about how you can use BOTOX, facelift, or even both, to look up to ten years younger – and feel better than ever!

What does BOTOX do?

Although BOTOX is an extremely effective nonsurgical treatment option, it is important to understand what it can and can’t do. BOTOX is an injectable neurotoxin and is designed to relax the muscles that are responsible for producing certain lines on the face. Commonly, BOTOX is used to smooth out lines on the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the eyebrows. The effects of BOTOX typically last about 3 – 4 months before a follow-up injection is needed.

Because BOTOX targets lines that are produced by repetitive muscle movements, it is not ideal for the treatment of fine lines, static wrinkles, or loss of volume elsewhere on the face. However, the knowledgeable team at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery can recommend a number of other surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help address these complaints.

What does a facelift do?

A surgical facelift is a complex cosmetic surgery designed to restore a more youthful appearance by manipulating and repositioning the tissues, muscles, and other structures within the face. Excess skin is also removed during a facelift, resulting in a firmer, more appealing facial contour. In some cases, liposuction may be included as part of a facelift to address excess fat in the chin and neck, while other patients may require injectable fillers during their surgery to restore lost volume in the cheeks. Oftentimes, a brow lift, neck lift, or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) are combined with a facelift to address more of the face and further enhance the final results. Some of the most common concerns that can be effectively addressed through facelift surgery include:

During your initial consultation at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Garcia will thoroughly examine the features of your face, discuss your specific concerns at length, explain all of your surgical and nonsurgical options in detail, and fully answer your questions. Because a facelift is a highly personalized surgery, Dr. Garcia will recommend a custom surgical plan tailored to your individual needs and goals.

Should I continue getting BOTOX after a facelift?

It is not uncommon for patients to wonder whether or not they will still need BOTOX after having a surgical facelift. While the facelift will certainly produce a dramatic and stunning new look, patients should understand that a traditional facelift is focused on the mid and lower portions of the face. Therefore, patients who routinely use BOTOX to smooth out action lines on the forehead and around the eyes will benefit by continued injections, though they may be able to get treated less often than before their facelift.

How long does a facelift last?

As with any cosmetic procedure, the results can vary from patient to patient and depend on a variety of lifestyle, genetic, and other factors. Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that the aging process will not stop after a facelift. In general, patients in Jacksonville, FL can expect to enjoy their new look for up to ten years after a surgical facelift. To enhance and prolong your facelift results, it is highly recommended to maintain a regular regimen of skin rejuvenation therapies and injectables, such as fillers and BOTOX. In addition to these cosmetic treatments, some additional ways to extend the life of your facelift include:

How can I find the best facelift surgeon?

When it comes to having cosmetic surgery, and particularly when you are considering a procedure on your face, choosing a highly qualified, skilled, and experienced doctor is crucial for a successful surgery and beautiful results. Call the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL office of Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia, or consider an online consultation for added convenience. We look forward to helping you turn back the clock and achieve the look you’ve always wanted through a facelift, BOTOX, and more!

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