September 5, 2023
When most people start receiving Botox/Dysport injections, the forehead, frown (aka “11’s”), and crow’s feet are the three most common areas treated. These are easy go-to areas that create beautiful results. Patients will notice their skin is smoother, their complexion appears healthier, and their makeup doesn’t crease as much. Botox/Dysport can truly do wonders for the face!
In the upper face, Botox/Dysport is used to treat expression lines. Most of the time these expression lines are so established that they are noticeable when the face is relaxed or at rest. Consistent injections will reverse these lines and prevent new lines from forming. However, in other areas of the face and body, Botox/Dysport has a different cosmetic effect.
Let’s break down some other areas you may not have known that Botox and Dysport can be injected into!
By: Kaitlyn Hunter, NP
Five areas in the lower face and body that we treat often are the: masseters, platysmal bands, and the trapezius muscles. Treating the masseters can help to slim the jawline and also relax the jaw from clenching and grinding. If you wear a night guard or have had a night guard suggested to you to protect your teeth, ask your dentist or injector about injections into your masseter muscles.
Both Botox and Dysport can be injected into the masseters to help with tightness in the jaw. Learn more about the differences between Botox and Dysport here!
A lot of patients who have strong masseter muscles also have prominent platysmal bands. These are bands that are noticeable in the neck while talking and making strong expressions such as smiling or grimacing. The platysmal bands are strong bands that pull down and support the neck and head. They start with your clavicles and drape over your jaw, connecting to your lower face.
By injecting a small amount of Dysport/Botox into the platysmal bands, these bands will relax but still maintain all important functions. Since these bands naturally pull in a downward function, relaxing them can actually lift the neck and lower face resulting in a beautiful cosmetic “lift.”
Lastly, trapezius or “trap” Botox/Dysport has received more attention recently. Trap Dysport is a treatment I tried and personally love. I experience a lot of tension and inflammation in my right trap and right side of my neck due to the nature of my work. In addition to that, I’m right-handed and do a lot of activities such as injecting patients, operating a laser, etc. with my right hand and arm all day. I have tried massages, cupping, dry needling, and chiropractic care to help relieve this tension. I do experience relief with these holistic methods but nothing long-term. The first time I tried trap Dysport, I was symptom-free for 10 weeks! I’ve never experienced that duration of relief from any other treatments including the holistic treatments.
Trap Dysport/Botox works by relaxing the muscles that are extremely tight and overused. The goal is to inject an appropriate dose that relaxes the muscles but doesn’t inhibit normal routine. I highly suggest starting with a lower dose and then scheduling a follow-up for 2-4 weeks later. If additional units are needed, they can be added at the follow-up appointment.
In our office, we ensure that all of these areas are treated within the same appointment, including the upper face. Botox/Dysport injections are FDA-approved to be administered every ninety days. It is important to wait the full ninety days before re-treatment to avoid complications such as Dysport/Botox resistance. If you find that your injections are not lasting as long as you’d like, talk to your injector about your results and the potential need for an increased dose. If you have the appropriate dose and are scheduled every ninety days, you should achieve incredible results!
How many units of Botox or Dysport do you need for certain areas? Check out our previous blog here that breaks down some general guidelines!
As always with injectables, achieving a natural look is what we’re after. It’s also important to note injecting Botox and Dysport is often a preventative measure as well. It’s much easier to prevent future skin concerns by injecting them earlier than it is to fix them later on. If you’re local to Cincinnati, Ohio then you’re always welcome to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our providers. We can assess your skin and make appropriate recommendations for your Botox/Dysport injections!