For years Botox® has been approved to help control and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, help reduce migraine headaches and alleviate excessive sweating. Now Botox® can also be used for a non-surgical neck lift. By injecting the neck’s platysma muscle— the thickness and position of which can affect a person’s visible signs of aging —it relaxes and reduces the appearance of neck banding or “turkey neck.”
One misconception is that Botox® will also tighten the neck area. However, Botox® will only relax the muscle and never tighten it. If the skin around the neck is significantly loose, sagging, and wrinkled, Botox® may not be an effective treatment option.
Are There Side Effects?
Some side effects have been noted including neck pain, stiffness, and muscle weakness. Injections here may cause unintended paralysis of the muscles that control head movement, breathing, and swallowing. These effects can be severe but are only temporary.
Is Botox® Right For Me?
While Botox® is used mainly as a wrinkle relaxer and to smooth fine lines on the face, there are also aesthetic benefits associated with Botox® injections for the neck. Botox® treatment is not recommended for patients 18 years old or younger. Be sure to consult with your physician to decide if a non-surgical neck lift is right for you.
For more information on Botox® and Botox® treatment for headaches, or to book an appointment, contact us at 973.493.7607.