More About Botox that you did not know about:
Botox For Muscle Contouring
Trust the all-time favourite and famous Botulinum Toxin, or Botox, to combat those stubborn visible signs of ageing – but there are a lot more that this aesthetic medicine can do than just smoothen dynamic facial wrinkles. As Botox targets muscle contractions, it can also be used for other purposes on other parts of the body, i.e. body muscle contouring.
How does it work?
Most of us would be familiar with how Botox works for facial lines- by disrupting the nerve signals to target sites and preventing muscle contractions, the appearance of fine lines smoothen and ‘disappear’ temporarily.
For muscle contouring, or “body botox”, the method is relatively similar to that of the face – both require intramuscular injection that targets the specific muscle groups. The goal is not to paralyse the muscle completely but rather to debulk hypertrophic muscles and to weaken it just a little more than you would in the face. The effects of this muscle atrophy (weakening them due to inactivity) results in thinner muscles which in turn provide the illusion of a slimmer and more defined silhouette. For more information about Botox, check out our other article on Botox here
Below are some of the common areas where Botox can be used for muscle contouring:
This procedure’s name is derived from the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, known for her elongated, thin neck. The Nefertiti lift targets the muscles at the neck cords, or platysma band, that runs vertically from the bottom of the face to your collarbone.
Botox for this procedure works by relaxing the upper platysma muscles along our jaw and neck, which counters the pull of gravity of this area as we age. This process helps to lift the cheeks and jowls, resulting in a more defined jaw.
The Nefertiti Lift is a non-invasive and quick procedure of about 15 to 30 minutes with no downtime. You may need more than one session to achieve the desired result, which will reach its full onset gradually in about 2 to 3 weeks. This is so that the change in face shape occurs as naturally as possible instead of a sudden drastic change in appearance. The result can be expected to last for around 3 to 6 months, depending on the individual patient.
Masseter Jaw Muscle Contouring
The masseter muscle is located at the bottom of our jaw and is one of the muscle groups responsible for our ability to chew.
Injecting Botox into the masseter can be used for contouring the jawline- giving the face that coveted V-shape visage or simply creating a balanced face shape.
Apart from aesthetic purposes, masseter Botox is medically helpful for many reasons such as reducing jaw tension, pain and clenching, relieving headaches, and managing teeth grinding, otherwise known as Bruxism.
Bruxism is the condition of constantly grinding your teeth unconsciously, and it usually happens while you are sleeping. Awake Bruxism rarely occurs. This condition can result from several factors such as emotional stress, an aggressive or hyperactive personality, family history and psychiatric disorders, or even taking psychiatric medications.
Bruxism itself may not sound like a huge issue, but it leads to a whole host of other problems such as headache, earache, increased tooth sensitivity or tired jaw muscles. The masseter is the primary muscle involved in Bruxism. Hypertrophy of these muscles results in a square jawline and a broader face. Here is where Botox comes into play.
Botox treats Bruxism by weakening your masseter, jaw clenching, muscles to limit the teeth grinding movement’s force and reduce the damage done. As your muscles decrease in size, you will also realise that your face shape will become slimmer.
Neck and Shoulder Muscle Contouring
Also known as the Trapezius muscles, the shoulder muscles run from our neck down to the middle of our back. Injecting Botox into the trapezius muscles ‘weakens’ the overdeveloped muscles. It can drastically decrease its volume to make our shoulders appear slimmer and achieve the illusion of a more elongated neck.
Besides physical appearance, the advantage of injecting Botox into this area is that it can help reduce shoulder pains as you are, after all, relaxing the muscles significantly. Most instances of neck and shoulder pains are typically the result of tense muscles. Therefore, introducing Botox into this area partially paralyses the target muscle groups, releasing tension and stiffness in the trapezius muscles and alleviating any discomfort. The whole procedure lasts for approximately 10 to 30 minutes, and you can return to your daily activities after.
The result of Botox over Trapezius muscles usually presents itself after about a week, with the best effects showing in about 3 to 4 weeks. The results will last for about 6 to 12 months, depending on individual conditions and frequency of treatment.
Calves Muscle Contouring – Lower Leg
Botox in the calves is used as a form of calf reduction, which refers to creating a smooth contour from the knees to the ankles that result in a slimmer lower leg.
Hence, calf botox reduces the muscles in the lower leg area to produce a slimmer and more defined silhouette. The treatment works by administering Botox into the gastrocnemius muscle, which is the most superficial muscle responsible for the calf’s shape and definition.
The time taken for this treatment is often less than an hour, though it takes at least two sessions to see noticeable results, lasting for about six months. Keep in mind that patients who exercise frequently may require more sessions for longer-lasting results.
Like the procedures above, there is almost no downtime, and patients can return to their normal activities. However, we recommend avoiding strenuous physical activity for at least 24 to 48 hours after the treatment.
All in all, Botox is not only used to treat wrinkles. Still, it can help alleviate many age-related issues such as muscle aches and jaw problems and other aesthetic purposes. Our doctor at Zoe Medical is experienced in administering body Botox for muscle contouring and recommends this method as a non-invasive way to sculpt your body silhouette.
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All information provided is purely for educational purposes only and does not constitute as medical advice.