The best way to learn about cosmetic uses for neurotoxin injections—Botox or Dysport—is to meet with a master injector for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation at Hayes Valley Medical & Esthetics! Book now!
Avoiding the hype and remembering that these are medical treatments and should only be administered by the very best, well-trained (and continually training), experienced professionals who know how to personalize the therapies to your anatomy and fine-tune the product are the key take-aways from any discussion about injections into your muscles.
These are some of the customized neurotoxin treatments we offer:
• Crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines—Botox Cosmetic and Dysport
• Axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating)
>>TRAPTOX AKA BARBIE BOTOX
Injections to the trapezius muscle
Relaxing this long muscle which runs from neck to shoulder can elongate the neck, slim the shoulders, and reduce the lines on the neck. Neurotoxin injections to the trapezius may also relax the shoulders, which can lower pain, spasms, and tension.
Injections around the eyebrows
Sagging skin around the brow and forehead, known as “brow ptosis”, can create the appearance of aging, tiredness, or even frustration. Immobilizing the muscles around the brows can lift the skin and the brows, and also work preventively to reduce wrinkles caused by your expressions. As brows are lifted, you may also notice less drooping of eyelids, further minimizing the look of aging or tiredness.
Benefits to this non-invasive approach over a surgical brow lift:
• Temporary and more natural-looking (surgery may sometimes create a permanently surprised look)
• Lower risk
• No exposure to anesthesia
• Minimal downtime and no recovery period
>>BUNNY LINES AKA SCRUNCH LINES
Injections to the nasal bridge (nasalis lines)
Some people think vertical lines on the bridge of the nose are cute – most do not! Neurotoxins block the nerve signals that cause the contraction of these muscles which prevents scrunch lines from showing, and also—preventively—keeps them from getting deeper over time.
>>LIP FLIP AKA GUMMY SMILE
Injections at cupid’s bow and near mouth corners, and possibly in muscles between side of nose to upper lip
Depending upon your treatment plan, as the muscles of the upper lip are relaxed, these cosmetic changes can occur:
• Lip subtly curls outward making it look plumper and more defined. (Lip volume is not increased as with dermal filler.)
• Reduction of appearance of vertical lines on upper lip.
• As you smile, your upper lip lifts less, so less of your upper gums are exposed.
If you love wearing lipstick, you’ll love this treatment!
Injections to the mentalis muscle
Some people think of orange peel as aging effects the chin area with tiny dimples. The mentalis muscle can be overactive and contract without us knowing when we are worried or concentrating. Over time, this stretches the skin. These dimples show when the chin muscles are at rest.
>>JAW SLIMMING AKA MASSETER REDUCTION (TMJ)
Injections to the muscles on sides of jaw
These are the muscles you use when you chew (masticate) and can be pronounced on some people, making the lower face look bulky. Neurotoxin treatment relaxes these muscles, which can narrow a square or masculine jaw. Some people also report a reduction in teeth grinding (bruxism), or nighttime jaw clenching.
Finely targeted injections to the muscles of the lower face may reduce the pulling of the skin with contractions. An experienced injector can lift the corners of the mouth, improve marionette lines and chin dimpling, and reduce neck lines.
Traditional usage of neurotoxins are FDA-approved. Treatments listed on this page are known as “off-label” which does not diminish their value as medical cosmetic therapies in the hands of a master injector. All uses of Botox and Dysport we offer are tried and true.
Off-label treatments still follow the guidelines of on-label usage and are regularly practiced by medical spas worldwide at an increasingly growing pace as their effectiveness and safety becomes more well-known and requested by patients.
Off-label, despite the frequent misconception, does not mean a lower quality or experimental procedure. We only use Botox and Dysport, meaning the highest standards for purity and potency as provided by their makers, Allergan and Galderma. These manufacturers have extensively tested their product over years for safety and effectiveness. A master injector will happily show you the packaging of your neurotoxin prior to treatment—did you know Botox packages include a hologram to prove authenticity?
While individual treatment plans and results vary, generally full results take four weeks or longer.