If you know a thing or two about Botox in Toronto, you know it can lead to a drooping or unusual lowering of certain areas of the face. The medical term for this is “ptosis” which is simply a Greek word for falling. The most common ptosis known in aesthetic medicine is blepharoptosis (ptosis around the eyelids). Others include lip and brow ptosis.
For obvious reasons, no one enjoys walking around with a dropped eyelid, brow or lip. It just goes against the very purpose of doing Botox. There are a number of reasons that can lead to ptosis including inexperienced medical practitioners, a wrong injectable, and most commonly, a poor Botox technique. When an inexperienced hand injects botulinum toxins into certain areas of your face, it can lead to muscle weakness which will result in unwanted and unattractive droop. So just which techniques can help you avoid ptosis during a Botox treatment?
- Understand The Facial Structure
Perhaps the most important part of the process is to first understand your facial anatomy before pricking into it. Seek to know the name, function, and location of each of your facial muscles. Understand where your veins are located. You can enlist the help of a facial chart to help make the process easier.
- Watch The Eyes
Regardless of whether you are administering botulinum toxin type A for canthal or glabellar lines, you need to constantly keep your focus on the eyes. You want to ensure that your bevel tip points away from your eyes. For glabellar injections, the injections should be placed at a minimum distance of 1cm above the orbital rim.
- The Glabellar And The Forehead Should Be Injected Simultaneously
Brow ptosis sometimes comes about as a result of treating the frontalis muscles separately, particularly if you are over 50 years of age. To be safe, always inject the forehead at the same time as the glabellar. If for any reason, your practitioner suspects forehead problems, you can inject the glabellar first then reassess the forehead after two weeks.
- Keep Injections Within The Orbicularis Oculi Muscle
This has been known to avoid lip ptosis when treating crow’s feet. When making an inferior treatment, you can unknowingly affect the zygomaticus muscle. In case you are wondering, this muscle originates from the anterior zygoma and has just one function in the body – to lift the corner of the mouth both literally and in an upward direction. When the muscle is affected, the drooping will become more evident especially when you smile.
- Always Inject Mid-Forehead To Avoid Brow Ptosis
Last but not least, you want to aim for your mid-forehead or just above it to treat the frontalis muscle correctly. Esthetic experts recommend at least 2cm above the brow for young and averagely-sized patients and 4cm above the brow if you are older).
Botox in Toronto may seem pretty straightforward but they can be pretty complex. You have to be extremely careful lest you end up with fallen and unattractive skin. Thankfully, ptosis is not permanent and often clears within a few weeks of the Botox treatment. That notwithstanding, it is not beautiful to behold and that is why you should pay attention to the techniques suggested therein to avoid it altogether.