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Injection Misconceptions: Botox and Forehead Treatments

Although misinformation about beauty services and products is very common thanks to the internet, there are several topics we encounter at Coco Med Spa with some of the most common misconceptions and Botox is no exception. In this installment of our “Injection Misconceptions” series, we’re here to discuss some of the commonly misunderstood functions of Botox in the forehead. Keep reading to learn what to realistically expect from your injector for results you’ll love that best compliment your face. 

It’s not always Botox

Although the word Botox is often used to describe all neurotoxins, there are actually a variety of great brands available for use. While they all have a similar function, there are different pros and cons to each type and your injector will walk you through your options and why they believe a certain brand of neurotoxin is the best match for your needs and desired results. Other common brands include:

What to expect from Botox

The first, most important Botox myth is easiest stated plainly, “Botox isn’t magic.” No matter how perfectly executed your injections are, or how experienced your injector is, Botox is not designed to “fix” all your line and wrinkle concerns and a good application of it should not freeze your whole face. Botox and other neurotoxins are very effective at their job, which is to limit or stop the muscle movements that cause wrinkles and lines. When used preventatively, it can help to make sure lines don’t develop in the areas that have been treated. When used correctively, it may soften existing lines and stop new ones from forming but neurotoxins themselves do not remove wrinkles. Rather, they prevent the function that creates them.

Botox in the forehead

Another common neurotoxin myth is about the results that can occur specifically in the forehead. For individuals with heavy horizontal lines and wrinkles, it’s common to request treatment for that area. However, it is less commonly known that treating that area can cause relaxation in the brow area as the area that is treated for vertical lines (frontalis) is also the muscle that lifts the brow. When the frontalis is treated in individuals with preexisting lid ptosis (saggy skin around the eyes), it can make the brow seem like it’s “dropped” a bit when in reality, the muscle is just fully relaxed. This means, that it is generally not possible to simultaneously treat lines across the forehead and provide a brow lift with Botox at the same time. This may not apply as much to someone in the very early stages of prevention, due to a variety of factors. However, for clients who are a bit more mature or who have already developed some visible signs of aging, the advice may be to avoid treating the horizontal forehead lines with Botox. However, treating the frown lines and crow's feet may actually help to open the eyes. Whether or not to treat certain muscle groups is best determined with a customized consultation with one of our injectors.

Hopefully, this helps to debunk a few common myths and misconceptions about Botox and other ‘tox products. Ultimately, treatment methods are up to you and your injector based on your desired outcomes and needs. This general advice is not necessarily one size fits all so be sure to communicate to your injector if you have any questions or reach out to us at the spa. If you’re looking for neurotoxin injections in St. Pete, we’d love to have you at Coco Med Spa! Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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