Home' Spa and Clinic : SPA Vol-73 Autumn 2018 Contents Aesthetics
otox has cer tainly come a long way since
its original FDA approval in the early 1980s.
Originally used to treat str abismus and
blepharospasm (spasms of the eyelid muscle) the drug
exploded onto the scene in the early 1990s as the
wor ld’s mos t power ful anti-ageing injectable, when
doctor s began to notice their patients losing their
wrinkles as a result of their treatments. Fur ther FDA
approvals continued to roll in, from the treatment of
neck and shoulder spasms, then onto brows, frown
lines, and hyperhidrosis, all in the early 2000s.
Aside from its effective treatment of various
medical conditions , nowadays Botox is mainly thought
of only as a means of disguising lines and wrinkles
on the face, par ticularly around the brows, eyes and
forehead. But what if we told you that Botox is no
longer just about anti-wrinkle treatment, but actually
shaping the muscles of our body?
That’s right - aes thetically speaking, Botox is no
longer reser ved just for anti-wrinkle treatments of the
face, and renowned plastic surgeons around the globe
are using it from head to toe in an effor t to shape and
manipulate any number of bone and muscle features .
So what do these weird and wonder ful new
Plastic Surgeon to the stars Dr Stephen Mulholland
uses Botox any where from shoulder s to ank les in
order to correct the appearance of fat pockets or
improve muscle tone. “ I use Botox to create that
sk inny ‘boney’ look around the shoulders, shaping the
upper deltoide. I use Botox on the Pectoralis Major
to soften the upper chest; that weird little bulge you
get when you lower your arms. I use it on the Lateral
Calf to shape the calf and bring it in where it projects
in the front or the side, and I sometimes shape the
“ Botox has been used for 20 years for muscle
spasticity; if you have a muscle disorder, we can
modulate how muscles move and how they’re shaped
and how they contor t and shape the body - this is just an ex tension of that.
It’s kind of an odd ex tension, not many people have heard of it, but shoulder
sculpting, back sculpting, thigh sculpting, ankles or ‘kankles’. . .so I really use Botox
from ank le to head.”
In addition to this strange new era of ‘design-a -body’ using Botox, clinics are also
exploring various methods of shaping facial features in the same way. One of these
clinics is popular Melissa Young B eauty in Glebe, Sydney. Aside from their ex tensive
of fer ings in facials, brows, lashes, waxing, tanning and laser, Melissa Young’s lead
Cosmetic Nurse Jacinta Oriti-Woolley is also paving the way to a new gener ation in
facial manipulation using injectables.
Jacinta offer s clients a range of highly unconventional Botox options for the face,
which are slowly developing a loyal following. These include:
• Hayfever - around two units of Botox mixed with saline nasal spr ays, which when
sprayed inside the nostrils, will resolve hayfever for several months.
• Hooked nose - resolving the downward hooking/movement of the nose, with
several units injected on the centre tip/septum area. Lasts 6-8 weeks.
• Opening eyes - one unit of Botox in the centre of the eyelid, to relax and open up
the eye a little more. Not for the faint-hear ted! Lasts 6-8 weeks.
• Bunny lines - the lines that appear when scrunching up the nose. Three units of
Botox are injected on either side. Lasts 6-8 weeks.
• Chin drop or dimpling - targeting the Mentalis crease below the lips, which allows
the chin to sit a little lower to avoid creases to fur ther develop. Chin dimples can
also be filled with one unit of Botox. Lasts 6-8 weeks.
“Clients often won’t know about them, so it’s really about consultations,” says
Jacinta . “A lot of what we do is watching how you animate and speak to us to
figure out how your face is moving. You may bring something up with a client and
often they will say “oh I like that about my face” or “it doesn’t bother me” but
other times they’ll say “yes that does really annoy me, I didn’t know you could do
anything about that .”
Despite these exciting developments in the use of injectables, Jacinta war ns against
clients becoming too ‘Botox-happy’, advising to carefully manage goals from the outset.
“ Some people, nothing will ever make them happy, and you’ve really got to figure
out who those people are. You’ll get them anywhere. I’ve had to say no to so many
people, and let them know ‘ I don’t think you’re going to achieve the results you’re
after’ a lot of it is managing expectations.”
“ We get really used to looking at our faces , so I’ll have clients come back to me
after fillers saying ‘my cheeks have gone down!’ when they haven’t. You have to be
able to pull back and tell clients no, other wise they will go cr az y. This is then what
essentially gives injectables a bad name.”
We lift the lid on the most
unconventional places to use Botox,
from calf muscles to chin dimpling.
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