10 Benefits of Botox: and 4 mistakes that could age your face

by Linda Robison

We'll cover 10 benefits of Botox to reduce the look of facial aging and how improper use can actually make you look older!

This is super important, especially for us older folks, because what works for someone in their 30s might not do the trick for more mature faces.

And, more importantly, we'll tell you what you can do to prevent it, along with special anti-aging tips from cosmetic medicine expert, Dr. Sarah Hart.

Contribution: Dr. Sarah Hart.

10 Benefits of Botox: and 4 mistakes that could age your face.

Botox Benefits and Face Aging

There are many uses and benefits of botulinum toxin, including medical reasons to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), TMJ, or an overactive bladder.

But the top 10 benefits we love the most is the ability to erase the signs of aging on the face and neck. 

What a miracle!

Quick, noninvasive injection(s) can make you look fresher, less tired. But if used incorrectly in certain circumstances, it could do the opposite and make you look older, tired, unnatural or just plain strange.

Keep reading below to learn how to avoid this from happening to you.

Botox - the good and the bad

Botox procedure is the most popular treatment plan to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. 

The GOOD - Botulinum toxin works by relaxing or paralyzing muscles, so it can't repeatedly contract in the same way over and over, etching lines and wrinkles into the skin.

Injections are strategically placed into certain facial muscles and areas where people see the first signs of aging. 

Horizontal frown lines on the forehead and crow's feet around the eyes are the most popular areas for injections. 

The BAD - On the downside, reducing muscle contractions could lead to muscle atrophy. This could contribute to facial sagging and other issues – depending on your age, facial structure and the amount used.

Good News: These days, more injectors try to tailor Botox procedures to individual needs, with a "less is more" approach. This benefits facial muscles, eliminates effects that could age your face, and provides a more natural appearance.

According to Dr. Patricia Wexler, at Wexler Dermatology: "Today there are several forms of purified botulinum toxins with different strength (the size of the area affected by an injection). These differences are useful in our practice, since all muscles have slight variations."

It's important to find a skilled provider who can customize the right type and strength of Botox, and figure out how often you'll need touch-ups for the best results that fit you.

Keep reading below to learn about the 10 benefits of Botox …

1. Botox helps forehead wrinkles

Of the top 10 benefits of Botox, this is the most popular use for facial anti-aging. The forehead is a very expressive area, and lines quickly form due to constant contraction of frontalis muscles. Neuromodulators can not only soften forehead lines, but prevent them from getting worse.

But, if used incorrectly, this benefit could actually make you look older.

2. Erase crow's feet with Botox in 10 minutes

This quick treatment erases those tiny lines around the outer corner of the eyes with a small injection or two.

And the good news, this small area requires such a tiny jab, so it doesn't hurt and usually with minimal bruising.

However, eliminating crow's feet with a wrinkle relaxer alone may not always solve the problem in certain situations. Dr. Sarah Heart explains why ...

3. Frown lines benefit from a Botox jab

Frown lines (vertical lines between the brows), have the greatest impact on your face and your attitude. Of all the wrinkles that can benefit from Botox, softening those 11's can make you look instantly younger and happier.

It less than 10 minutes and in 7-10 days you'll look more relaxed, less angry, and some people feel better due to less tension from constantly (and unconscionably) frowning.

But be ready for some pain. This area hurts the most, and some people hear a "crunching" sound as the needle hits the strong inner brow muscle.

4. Benefits: Botox for nose wrinkles

Not as common as crow's feet, some people have tiny wrinkles across or on either side of those nose when they smile.

Injections can easily erase these, and, like crow's feet, this area requires a small injection, so there's not much pain or bruising.

Just make sure your injector is trained in this area as done incorrectly, it could affect your smile.

5. Botox for lip wrinkles

Lip lines (sometimes called smoker lines) are very common with age, even if you don't smoke. Lips lines, like frown lines, can really age your face.

A small amount of botulinum toxin injected into the orbicularis oris, which is the circular muscle around your mouth, helps to relax puckering and softens lines. 

6. Smile lift in less than 10 minutes

As we age, the corners of the mouth may start to droop, making us look sad, even when we're not.

Relaxing the muscles on each side of the mouth, (depressor anguli oris, which is responsible for pulling the mouth down) allows the corners of the mouth to lift to their normal position.

7. Botox benefits skin tone and firmness

According to a report published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association, Botulinum toxin injections can increase skin's elasticity and firmness. The benefits were similar to a radiofrequency skin tightening procedure. 

8. Lip flip with Botox

This off-lable use is a favorite for those who wish to have slightly poutier lips without fillers.

Two to four small injections are placed above the lip (vermilion border) on either side of the cupid's bow. Causing the upper lip to "flip" up.

See my experience and before and after lip flip treatment!

The botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles around the cupid's bow, causing the upper lip to turn up slightly.

The procedure takes 5-10 minutes and full results can be seen in about 7 day and results last about 2-3 months. 

9. Botox for neck wrinkles and cording

Reducing the look of neck cords and bands is right up there with the 10 benefits for anti-aging uses.

Nothing ages you faster than those dreaded vertical neck cords and bands across the neck. They're especially visible when speaking, smiling, or making any movement with your mouth -  like eeee.

This off-label technique helps relax neck muscles, making them less obvious, and helps smooth the skin.

10. Botox can be combined with other treatments

A major benefit of Botox is that it works great with many other cosmetic treatments, boosting their results! 

It can be combined with dermal fillers, chemical peels, lasers, microneedling, and facials to address different aging concerns.

In fact, many spas or clinics now offer package deals that combine Botox injections with separate facial treatments.

This is often referred to as Glowtox or Glowtox Facial.

What is a Glowtox Facial?

Think of a Glowtox facial as a two-pronged approach to youthful skin:

  • Botox tackles wrinkles: It works its magic by relaxing specific muscles that cause wrinkles when you frown or squint.
  • Facial pampers your skin: Techniques like exfoliation, hydration, or light peels can improve your skin's texture and tone.

This combo aims to give you a more youthful look by addressing both wrinkles (Botox) and overall skin health (facial).

There's another, less common type of Glowtox:

This one uses a microneedling tool to deliver a diluted version of Botox (or a similar product) into your skin. This aims for a subtle wrinkle-relaxing effect while also stimulating collagen production, which can further improve your skin's texture and give it a healthy glow.

Note: Just make sure the aesthetician administers the Botox AFTER the facial treatments to avoid any unwanted side effects.

And by combining procedures in the same office visit, you're most likely to saving time and money.

Off-Label Botox Treatments

Note: Botulinum toxins are FDA-approved to treat frown lines and wrinkles in the forehead and crow's feet area.

Some benefits listed above are considered off-label uses... meaning they haven't been approved by the FDA.

For best results, make sure you consult with a board-certified dermatologist or practitioner for safe and quality treatments.

Botox: 4 Disadvantages that Could Age You

As much as we love the many benefits of Botox for facial aging, there are disadvantages if not used correctly.

Here are 4 common mistakes and what you can do about it.

1. Heavy or Droopy Brows

Injecting too much Botox to reduce forehead lines could contribute to ptosis (drooping of the brows) which can make you look strange, and make your eyes look tired or hooded. 

Older people (over 50) with weak frontalis muscles, those with naturally low brows, or those have been getting Botox for forehead lines for many years are most susceptible to ptosis.

What to Do

Ask your injector if lowering the dose of Botox might be a better option. You want to just soften forehead lines, not freeze your forehead. Also, ask if Micro Botox is right for you. 

A study in the Annals of Dermatology showed that intradermal injection Botox (Micro Botox) resulted in reduced wrinkles with less ptosis (brow heaviness and droop).

2. Under Eye Wrinkles

Using too much Botox to treat crow's feet (the orbicularis muscle) can cause wrinkles and lines to develop under the eyes.

If the orbicularis muscles are "too relaxed or frozen" this can cause increased movement in other areas of the eye, resulting in the development of under eye wrinkles.

What to Do: 

Ask your injector about using Micro Botox, which is a diluted version of Botox that is injected intradermally.

It works just under the skin to smooth out wrinkles and lines, but still allows muscle movement for a natural look.

3. Eye Hollows When Treating Lower Crow's Feet

What are lower crow's feet?

They're lines that start at the outer corner of the eyes and go down the sides of the cheeks.

Treating this can be challenging, especially in older people or those who have little facial fat. 

Injecting too much toxin into the orbicularis oculi muscle (muscle around the eyes) can result in strange hollowing or denting in the outer corner of the eyes.

In addition, there's a chance the cheek elevators might be affected, which can affect your smile and flatten the cheeks.

What to Do:

Speak to your injector about using a two-pronged approach.

In this photo above, Botox and cosmetic medical expert, Dr. Hart, uses a combination of Micro Botox (Baby Botox) to soften crow's feet lines and fillers to add volume to the temples and lateral upper cheek area.

This provides better results and rejuvenates the face for a natural look.

4. More Wrinkles

Injecting too much in one spot can freeze that area, making other parts of your face work extra hard. This can lead to more wrinkles elsewhere or a weird look when you make regular expressions.

What to Do: Freezing any part of your face to eliminate wrinkles is never a good idea if you want a natural look.

Facial movement with a few lines gives your face a youthful, natural, and appealing appearance.

Instead of using Botox to eradicate ALL facial wrinkles, pick an area or two that really bothers you and try a small amount of Botox to soften, not freeze those areas.

TIP: Softening the vertical lines (glabellar lines or the 11's) that develop between your eyebrows usually has the most dramatic impact on your appearance and can make most people look less angry and fresher.

How to Get Rid of Botox Faster

There are still some providers who do not evaluate or consider individual facial structure, issues, or age (which is very important).

As a result, they can be very "heavy-handed" when it comes to dosing, causing one to look older or just plain odd.

So what if your provider was a little over aggressive with injections, and you're wondering is there a way to get rid of Botox faster? 

Unfortunate, no.

Botox can take 3-6 months to dissipate and unfortunately, you'll have to wait it out.

But, next time, do the research and consult with your provider to make sure you get the best treatment for your needs.

10 Benefits of Botox: FAQ's

Have questions about the uses or benefits of Botox? Send them here, and we'll try to answer as soon as possible.

Q: How long to avoid sauna after Botox?

A: Heat can increase blood flow to the injected areas and might affect the way the Botox settles.

To be on the safe side, it's generally a good idea to avoid saunas, hot tubs, exercises, and anything that involves prolonged exposure to high heat for at least 48 hours after getting Botox injections. 

Q: Can you get Botox while on antibiotics

A: Antibiotics such as gentamicin, amikacin, tobramycin, and neomycin might potentially enhance the effects of the toxin. This could mean an increased risk of muscle weakness or other exaggerated responses to the treatment.

It's really important to communicate with your healthcare provider about any medications you're taking, including antibiotics, before getting Botox injections.

Q: Can I drink after Botox injections? 

A: You might wish to refrain from drinking alcohol for at least 24-48 hours before and after hours after Botox or any cosmetic injections. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, which could cause increased bruising at the injection site. Check with your doctor for more details.

Q: Can Botox reverse aging?

A: No. While the benefits of Botox can help temporally soften or erase current signs of face aging, it won't reverse it permanently. Your skin and facial muscles will still continue to age. And if you stop getting Botox injections, your skin will revert to its normal state. Eventually skin aging will catch up, however, wrinkles and lines may not be as deep.

Q: What are the 3 areas for Botox in the face?

A: The 3 popular areas Botox benefits face aging the most are forehead wrinkles, crow's feet wrinkles and frown lines (the vertical '11' between the eyebrows).

Q: Does Botox give you good skin?

A: It looks like a temporary benefit of Botox includes firmer skin, according to a report published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Researchers found that Botox injections increased skin elasticity and pliability. But, once the Botox action wore off (in a few months), the skin returned to its original condition.