The Many Areas of Botox

The Many Areas of Botox

If you are interested in facial rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments, you have probably already heard of Botox injections. There are many different body areas that Botox injections can be beneficial, not just on the face. Some of these areas may just surprise you.

Where Can I Get Botox Injections?

As we have mentioned before in our What Is Botox blog, Botox is not just useful for treating facial imperfections and signs of aging. Let’s look at some of the areas that Botox can be injected, both in the face and in other places you may not expect.

1. Face

You know this already! Botox is regularly used during facial rejuvenation for sites including the marionette lines around the mouth, the wrinkles on either side of the nose (bunny lines), or crinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) or in the forehead.

This injectable medication immobilizes the muscles and prevents fine lines and wrinkles from forming. This can also be injected into the jaw to avoid muscle clenching, teeth grinding and to treat the pain associated with the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

2. Armpits

Botox can be injected straight into the underarms to help prevent hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. If antiperspirants or medication are not providing you with results, your doctor may recommend using Botox injections to block the nerve signals responsible for sweating. 

Botox can help to reduce an overactive autonomic nerve response. Results following your session typically last for up to six months.

3. Breasts

This is not a traditional injection site for Botox, but it is an option nonetheless. In some cases, most commonly used during a breast lift, a physician will inject Botox into the pectoralis minor (or the chest region) to prevent muscles from contracting. This helps the back muscles adjust to the weight of the breasts to keep them lifted. 

The pectoralis minor is generally responsible for placing the shoulders too far forward and causing ‘poor posture.’ Botox can also help smooth out any lines around the breasts developed with age or sun damage.

4. Scalp & Neck

There are a few reasons you might seek Botox injections in the scalp. Like the armpits, the scalp can be susceptible to excessive sweating. A physician can inject Botox all over the scalp to regulate sweating. Patients also seek Botox injections in the scalp and neck to prevent painful muscle contractures that contribute to migraines.

If traditional treatment methods are not helping to reduce your migraines, ask your physician about Botox as a solution.

5. Acne

Small amounts of Botox can be injected into the face at the site of an active acne breakout to help control acne-causing oil production. It can even help to decrease pore size! This is not recommended for general acne treatment and should not be used as your primary method of skincare. Still, it is an effective – though temporary – option available for acne management if recommended by your doctor.

These are just five locations that Botox can be used, from the most conventional to the unconventional. Talk with your specialist to see how Botox can be most beneficial for your needs!

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Whether you are looking to reduce the signs of aging or help alleviate migraines or muscle pain symptoms, we at Smooth By Sarah can help you quickly and easily achieve optimal results. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

Everything You Need To Know About Fillers

Everything You Need To Know About Fillers

Dermal Fillers are a fantastic option to help you fight visible aging signs, such as volume loss. Whether you are looking to reduce the look of wrinkles, volumize your lips, make your cheeks appear less hollow, or create a more youthful overall appearance, injectable filler treatments are available to help you achieve these goals.

In the world of fillers, there is quite a lot to choose from. What are fillings, what are they made of, and which ones are right for your needs?

What Are Fillers Made Of?

Most injectable fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural hydrophilic (or water-loving) substance. Hyaluronic acid works by plumping the skin from within and drawing moisture to itself to keep the skin hydrated and supple. Other fillers incorporate polylactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite to help stimulate collagen production.

When injected into the face, dermal fillers provide extra support beneath the skin to offer volume, smoothness, and elasticity typically lost with aging.

Fillers can be scary, but many formulations contain lidocaine to help lessen the injection process’s discomfort. Rest assured that professional fillers used by licensed specialists, like Sarah Balladares of Smooth By Sarah, are FDA-approved for safe injections and significant results.

These are just a few of the most popular filler options on the market that you can choose from:

  • Belotero®
  • Radiesse®
  • Juvéderm®
  • Restylane®
  • Sculptra®

Each filler is explicitly formulated to best suit different areas of the face. Consult with your provider to determine the right filler for your desired facial enhancement.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Once you have chosen the right filler for you, your specialist will begin by injecting the dermal filler into the area that needs extra volume. Following a pre-treatment consultation, your specialist will clean, and possibly numb, the area in which the filler will be injected into. Your provider will inject the exact amount of filler needed into the chosen location, including the lips, around the mouth, in the cheeks, chin, or temples. Generally, principles of recreating a youthful appearance based on the known volume loss of aging are followed. Fillers can also indirectly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

You may experience slight bruising or sensitivity following injection, though this is typically short-lived. Results can be noticed immediately and can last for six months or longer, though this can vary from person to person.

As we mentioned earlier, there is a sea of dermal fillers available for facial injections. When it comes to which filler you need, that depends entirely on your needs and the goals you want to reach!

For example – Juvéderm® is useful for a variety of treatments from filling acne scars to plumping hollow under eyes and smoothing wrinkles in the chin, and Juvéderm® Ultra can be used in the lips. Restylane® can help smooth the vertical lines above the upper lip and reduce the nasolabial folds’ appearance or the cheek lines on either side of your nose. Discuss your options with your filler provider to find what fillers will be best for you.

When searching for a provider for your fillers, it is always important to seek out one with a professional, proven history in cosmetic medicine. Do your research! Ask for before and after pictures, read reviews, and make sure that quality fillers are being used in a sterile environment. Remember – just because offering discounted fillers does not mean that this is a safe and valid option to consider. Finding the right provider will ensure that you get the best results without cosmetic botching.

Take Care Of Your Dermal Filler Needs At Smooth By Sarah

If you are ready to enter the beautiful world of injectable fillers, you want to make sure you receive the highest quality fillers and the best experience possible. At Smooth By Sarah, you’ll find just that. Sarah Balladares offers lip injections, facial volume replacement, Botox injections, and more to help you revitalize your facial features with ease in a safe and comfortable setting.

Your options don’t end with injectable facial rejuvenation. Explore our other wellness options, from spider vein therapy to IV injection therapy. Also, we are experts in the rejuvenation and treatment of collagen and offer PRP injection therapy and RF micro-needling.  No matter your needs, Sarah can help you to look and feel your best. Contact Smooth By Sarah today to schedule an appointment!


Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.

What Is Botox?

What Is Botox?

You’ve most likely heard of Botox before. This facial injection is widely known and deeply loved by those passionate about non-surgical cosmetic treatments and facial rejuvenation. Still, it can come in handy for more than just wrinkle reduction.

Let’s look at what makes up Botox, the many conditions it can treat, and why you may be interested in getting Botox treatments for yourself.

What Are Botox Injections?

Botox is an injection made with small doses of recombinant Clostridium botulinum toxin. This toxin is found naturally in the intestinal tracts of fish and animals. The injection is created by diluting the powdered Botulinum toxin with saline.  The actual toxin is a recombinant formulation of onabotulinum toxin-A.  

Though Botox is a toxin, it is FDA-approved for the treatment of both medical and aesthetic needs. This neurotoxin temporarily paralyzes the muscle tissue at the site of injection. It does so by changing the neuromuscular junction’s effectiveness. This is the region that allows a nerve to trigger a movement in a muscle. By blocking the neuromuscular junction, the muscle is barred from working. Since muscle is what pulls on the skin to give expression, it will cause wrinkles over time, stopping the muscle works to stop wrinkles from forming. 

Botox’s function is essential for preventing and diminishing common wrinkles, including smile lines and crow’s feet, as well as painful muscle contractures. Botox has a long history of medical uses to stop pathologic contractions.  

What Does Botox Treat?

There are many reasons that one might consider Botox injections, and some of them may just surprise you:

  • Botox helps to restore a youthful appearance by smoothing facial wrinkles.
  • Botox can restore facial contouring due to volume loss.
  • Botox can help to fight chronic migraines and muscle contractures in the neck and shoulders.
  • Botox can help to combat excessive underarm sweating and bladder issues.
  • Botox is used for a variety of spastic and contractile medical conditions.

Did these reasons surprise you? For many, they see Botox as merely a cosmetic treatment. They’re not wrong, as Botox is the nation’s most popular and well-known facial rejuvenation method. However, Botox treats more than just surface-level needs, going as far as helping men (yes, men) and women find relief from debilitating pain from migraines and muscle pain.

During an appointment, Botox may be injected between the eyes, in the corners of the mouth, or in the forehead or chin to both to help reduce wrinkles. Still, your physician may also inject under the arms to fight hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) or into areas of muscle contractures.  Where the injection occurs will depend on your needs as a person and patient.  

Injections are performed using sterile techniques in office settings and have no necessary recovery time, though it can take up to 14 days for Botox’s effects to show. Usually, the effects of Botox happen within 7-10 days. Results often last anywhere from three to twelve months.

How We Can Help You Reach Your Goals?

Sarah Balladares PA-C, of Smooth By Sarah, can help you achieve your aesthetic wellness goals with a wide range of services. Sarah has partnered with Dr. Meredith Warner of Warner Orthopedics & Wellness and practices within their state-of-the-art facility, seeing patients regularly for medical and cosmetic concerns. Full metabolic, hormonal, musculoskeletal, and inflammatory work-ups are available as well. From Botox to dermal fillers, IV therapy, physical therapy, infrared spa therapy, yoga, and more, you can improve your health and beauty while reaching your highest level of physical wellness and satisfaction.

If you would like to book an appointment with Sarah Balladares for your aesthetic wellness needs, she is ready to help you find the perfect treatment for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for Botox injections or one of our many other options for facial rejuvenation!

Meet Sarah Balladares

Sarah Balladares is your expert in aesthetic medicine. She is trained in minimally-invasive anti-aging treatments and modern cosmetic medicine and is prepared to help you find your solutions for facial rejuvenation, spider vein therapy, IV therapy, and more.

Contact Sarah today to schedule a consultation and begin your own aesthetic journey.