10 Things You Didn’t Know About Botox

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Botox is increasingly being used in other areas beside the traditional forehead and eye areas.  Newer techniques never “freeze” the muscles, but actually just allows a more relaxed, rested look.  The average spend to treat multiple areas with Botox for patients is around $500-$600, with results lasting 3-4 months.  That is less than having a weekly blowout for your hair!

1. Microdroplet Technique.

Uses tiny amounts of Botox in a wide area instead of traditional injection points to give the face a lifted and tighter appearance, along with reduced pore size.

2. Lifting the Nose Tip.

Aging results in a downturning of the tip of the nose, elongating the look of the nose.  A few drops of Botox in just the right muscle can relift the nose and dramatically change the angle and proportion of the nose to the face.

3. Neck Bands and the Nefertiti Jawline Lift.

We start developing neck banding that pulls down the jawline as early as in our 30s.   Botox, and the other neuromodulators on the market such as Dysport and Xeomin can be used to relax these bands, and allow the jaw to lift.  This is an easy way to tighten the neck, and give definition to a loosening jawline.
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4. Botox for Sweating.

Botox can be used to reduce sweating under the arms, on the palms, and even the soles.  Underarm sweating can be reduced for 7 months to 12 months, eliminating the need for deodorant for a lot of our patients!  Our patients swears this procedure pays for itself in drycleaning bills and white or silk shirts not ruined!

5. Botox for Masseter Muscles to Contour the Face, Reduce Teeth Grinding, and Modify TMJ symptoms.

Often patients with a “wider” or more square or jawline is a result of masseter muscle Botox-masseterhypertrophyhypertrophy.  These are the muscles we overuse when grinding the teeth.  Treating these muscles with Botox can reduce the grinding and help with TMJ discomfort.  For those with a bottom heavy or more square jawline, Masseter treatment with Botox can dramatically soften the face and contour a more heart-shaped appearance that is pleasing to the eye.

6. Gummy Smile.

If you notice in photos or with laughing that you have more gum Botox-GummySmileshowing, it may be distracting from a beautiful smile.  Only a couple of expertly placed units can dramatically improve this problem, and makes patients incredibly happy!

7. Downturned Corners of the Mouth.

As we age, the corners of our mouth become more downturned, resulting in a less pleasant and sometimes unhappy appearance.  Requiring only a very small number of units, we can relift the corners of the mouth for a more balanced, relaxed appearance.

8. Smoker’s Lines.

Chronic puckering of the lips can lead to vertical lip lines that age the lower face.  A few units of Botox can help relax these lines and avoid the “smoker’s lines” appearance.  Deeper, etched lines can be treated with a filler like Restylane Silk  along with Botox to relax these muscles.

9. Orange Peel Appearance of the Chin.

Chin dimpling gives an “orange peel” appearance to the chin as the muscles in this area become stronger over time.  Treatment of the mentalis musle in the chin can bring back proportion to the face and smooth the chin.

10. Botox For Oily Skin.

Microdroplets of Botox can be used to reduce chronically oily skin on the face as oil production in sebaceous glands can be reduced by the use of Botox.  The appearance of pores will be tightened as well.