It’s the stuff of horror movies: Your go-to anti-aging treatment suddenly ages you. Fortunately, in the case of Botox, the nightmare is not only treatable, but preventable.

    My friend J. looked different the last time I saw her. No stranger to Botox and filler, J. has always looked years younger than her age (51), and never like she's had ‘something done.’ It had been about a year since we’d gotten together, and while she had definitely lost some weight, there was something funny about her face that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. (Another friend at the table had acquired lips that entered the room before she did, but that’s another story.)

    By the time the waiter poured the Pinot, I realized what it was: J.’s brow line had dropped. A lot. While her forehead was lineless, there was a distinct heaviness to her brows, which made her beautiful eyes look hooded, smaller, and tired.

    Her expensive cosmetic work was making her look older. 

    For the next week everywhere I went, I noticed women over 40 who were clearly fighting the good fight (Retin-A’d poreless skin! Volumized cheeks!) with wonky-looking foreheads that were smooth but weighed down with heavy brows. This was clearly a thing. Why were so many otherwise fabulous-looking women afflicted with this brings-to-mind-a-Neanderthal brow?

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    REALITY CHECK

    For many women, Botox has become a bi- (or tri-) annual ritual as routine as going to the dentist. Often the gateway drug to more extensive cosmetic treatments, Botox is a highly effective wrinkle reducer that some women begin as early as their late teens. Now, if you've been getting Botox for many years, you may come to expect your doctor to inject you the same way every time, particularly if you’ve always been happy with the results.  But the reality is that we all age continuously, and consequently, what’s good for your 35-year-old forehead lines might not be right when you’re 50, particularly if you want to look as natural as possible. “When you see someone whose forehead looks funny, it can be because they are being treated too generically. There are right ways and wrong ways to use Botox,” says New York dermatologist  Robert Anolik .

    WHY BROWS FALL

    “With time, your brow naturally drops,” explains New York plastic surgeon  Steven Pearlman .  “And you get a natural heaviness to your forehead.” A quick primer on Botox: If you raise your brows, you are engaging the muscles that hold up your brow line. When you’re young and your brow line hasn’t started to sag, injecting those muscles simply serves to smooth out the lines on your forehead.  But  “if you continue to use the same dose of Botox in the same place in your forehead when you already have some falling of the brows, it can cause ptosis (drooping of the brows), which encloses your eyes,” says New York dermatologist Neal Schultz . Note to self: This explains J.’s funny-looking forehead. 

    Mind you, not everyone thinks a droopy brow line is a bad thing. “Some people don’t mind having a lower brow as long as they have no lines or folds on their forehead,” says Pearlman.

    What’s good for your 35-year-old forehead lines might not be right when you’re 50, particularly if you want to look as natural as possible.

    WHAT TO DO ABOUT DROOPING BROWS

    If you feel that Botox is exacerbating your droop, the experts agree that you may want to consider a surgical brow lift. But do you need to stop using Botox in your forehead the second your brows start to droop? Not necessarily. 

    First of all, if you’re going to a reputable injector, he or she will alter the placement of your Botox over time so that the droop in your brow is not as pronounced. “We don’t go from full Botox to none,” says Schultz. “We start doing less in the lower forehead, then less in the entire forehead, then we stop all injections in the lower forehead and do less in the upper forehead. And if your brow is still drooping, that’s your last Botox,” he says, adding, that some doctors are not aware of these limitations because they haven’t had the experience or training or don’t understand the musculature of the face.

    Anolik echoes the strong recommendation to seek out an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon: “If you go to a place for Botox that is drive-through and standardized, it will be poorly done.”

    Anolik says that no matter your age or level of brow droop, you don’t need to stop using Botox between your brows, where it smooths the deep vertical lines created when you furrow. “When you treat that area properly it will also give your forehead a lift because it releases the downward pull of those muscles,” he explains. 

    Loretta Ciraldo , a dermatologist in Aventura, FL, has a novel solution, claiming she has achieved successful results for some patients by cutting out the Botox entirely and injecting volumizing filler right above the hairline, which she says produces a good lift if your skin has enough elasticity. It’s “a nice alternative when Botox stops looking good in your forehead,” she says.

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    Of course, every good doctor has an arsenal of tools such as fillers, lasers, and radiofrequency devices that can be used on the face to help your overall look. “The view I take is [doctors] need to be like artists. An artist has a palette of many different colors,” says Ciraldo. Strategic use of Botox in the jaw and neck, and filler in the cheeks, temples, and lips can all help make you look younger.

    Ciraldo, who admits to having had too much Botox into her own forehead, only to realize she looked worse, says, “Is it advantageous to have no lines at the cost of looking older?” Clearly too much of a good thing is no good.

    Does Botox actually age you?
    As top dermatologist David Colbert, M.D. is quick to note, however, too much Botox and filler distorts the face and as a result will make you appear older. more
    Does Botox cause dementia?
    So the long and short, there is no medical evidence that cosmetic Botox has any affect on the memory. more
    Who Cannot Botox?
    If you are under 18, then we will not administer any botox. The reason is the muscles are not fully developed and we want everything to be stable prior to you undertaking botox treatments. If you are pregnant or breast feeding we will not allow you to have botox. more
    Is hair Botox halal?
    MUSLIMS have been banned from using one of the most popular hair smoothing treatments in South Africa. This comes after an SA National Halaal Authority ( Sanha) probe declared it interfered with the obligatory ablution and ritual bathing necessary before prayers or other acts of worship. more
    Can nurses prescribe Botox?
    According to NMC guidelines, as a registered nurse who has been trained, you are eligible to inject botox. You are also qualified to inject dermal fillers which in fact, are not classed as prescription medicines. more
    Are Botox injections profitable?
    Botox (Allergan) is an example of a product in high demand, but so many practitioners are offering it that it's not very profitable, she says. more
    Is Botox haram?
    The teachings of Islam are focused on developing inner beauty and not prioritise your outward physical appearance. Permanent physical changes, such as cosmetic enhancements and interventions are not permitted because they are seen as altering and changing the creation of Allah. more
    Can beauticians inject Botox?
    Beauty therapists may have read that blog and, particularly for those who are in the early stages of their careers, they may be wondering if they themselves are able to legally perform Botox treatments. The simple answer is yes, providing that they receive proper, thorough training. more
    Does Adderall affect Botox?
    Interactions between your drugs No interactions were found between Adderall and Botox Cosmetic. more
    How poisonous is Botox?
    But despite this impressive track record, some people are still concerned that the botulinum-based product could pose certain health risks. In fact, there are those that wonder: Is Botox poisonous to your body? The good news is that Botox is not poisonous to the body. more
    What is mini Botox?
    Baby Botox, also called micro-Botox, is a trending version of Botox. While Botox treats other conditions not on the face, baby Botox is specific to the facial areas. It works similar to Botox in that it is small doses of toxin injected in the face only. more

    Source: theplumonline.com

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