Grind your teeth? Botox.
Bad day? Botox.
Relationship problems? Botox.
Most people know that Botox is the gold-standard for treating dynamic wrinkles of the face; the lines between the brows that show up when you frown, the horizontal lines across the forehead when you lift your eyebrows, and the "crow's feet" that radiate from the corners of your eyes when you squint or smile. But the uses and benefits of Botox extend far beyond the upper portion of your face--all the way down to your underarms and more!
Unpleasant Facial Expressions
Ever been sitting, minding your own business, having a fine day, and someone comes at you with, "Are you OK? You look sad,” or "Are you angry about something?" or my personal favorite, "You look tired.”
Nope. Thanks. That's just how my face looks.
Sometimes overactive muscles in the face can give it a stern, bitter, sad, or tired expression at rest. By strategically placing Botox in the muscles that are causing these resting facial expressions, your face can better reflect how you're actually feeling, and who you really are. (This doesn't mean that you won't be able to show emotions when you want to, or that your kids won't know when you're mad at them!) The addition of facial fillers is also highly recommended when addressing resting facial expressions.
Teeth Grinding and Wide Jawlines
The masseters are the squarish-shaped muscles at the angle of your jaw, below your ear; or if they're overactive, the cube-shaped muscles at the angle of your jaw, below your ear.
Constant tension on the masseter muscles can be one of the causes of a bulky lower face, or wide jawline. Relaxing these muscles can cause a subtle slimming of the jawline, leading to a more slender, feminine appearance.
Overactive masseters can also be a leading cause of teeth grinding, jaw pain, and headaches. Using Botox to ease these tense muscles has been an effective treatment for many patients.
Lower Face and Chin
As a nurse injector, I'm all about a smooth, cohesive, natural look. I don't think any of your features should look so incongruous with the rest of your face that it looks jarring or out of place. So why should the benefits of Botox be limited to the upper face?
Overactive chin muscles can not only cause a dimpled, pebbly look, they also contribute to a grumpy appearance. Injecting the chin with Botox doesn't get enough credit. It's subtle, but it does wonders in improving the overall aesthetic of the face.
A smile should light up your face. But for people who are self-conscious about their smile, there's a sense of reservation. Excessive gingival show, better known as a gummy smile, is a common cause of smile-related concern. And it can be a surprisingly easy fix.
If caused by overactive muscles above the lip, a gummy smile can be treated with a small amount of Botox. This calms the overactive muscles, giving the smile a more relaxed, natural appearance.
Signs of Aging to the Neck and Décolletage
Turkey neck. Tech neck. Necklace lines. Chicken skin. There's a lot of (poultry-related, apparently) ways the neck and chest show signs of aging. And many of them can be treated with Botox injections.
Injecting Botox into the platysmal muscles can help relax the vertical "cords" the neck can have with flexing or muscle strain. Botox can also be injected superficially to smooth the necklace lines that cross the neck horizontally.
Multiple superficial injections of hyper-dilute Botox all over the neck and upper chest is a fantastic way to soften both the vertical cording and the horizontal bands, as well as smooth the rough, "chicken-skin" appearance. Smoothing the small bumps on the neck allow the light to reflect off the skin beautifully, creating a healthy, youthful glow.
If you use an antiperspirant and still soak through your shirts on a regular basis, you may have a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as excessive sweating. And, although not life-threatening, it can carry a heavy social burden and cause a lot of embarrassment for those living with it.
Botox is an FDA approved treatment for excessive sweating at the armpits and can yield life-changing results. By using Botox to block the chemical that "turns on" the sweat glands, excessive sweating can be effectively managed for months at a time.
Although it's out of the scope of nurse injectors, it's worth knowing that Botox can be injected by other specialists to treat a myriad of medical conditions.
Some of the FDA approved medical treatments for Botox include treating bladder dysfunction, muscle spasticity, cervical dystonia, eye twitching, "lazy-eye", and chronic migraines.
So is Botox the answer for you?
The best answer I can give you right now is maybe.
As you can see, there are so many more uses for Botox than meets the eye. And with the recent increase in social media attention, and people becoming more transparent with their use of cosmetic injectables, it seems like it's everywhere.
But it's important to remember that as popular as it is, Botox isn't a new lipstick, or a set of false lashes that you can just pick up at Sephora and have a little fun with. It's a prescribed neurotoxin derivative and should be treated for what it is--an elective medical treatment.
And like all medical treatments, it's not without its risks. Botox should only be injected by a licensed medical professional after a consultation and assessment to determine if you are a candidate.
If you're noticing any issues when you look in the mirror, I encourage you to schedule a consultation. We can talk about areas of concern, set realistic treatment goals, and determine if Botox is the best answer for you.
Safety is always my number one priority. So in following with the current guidelines of social distancing, I am only offering virtual consultations through video chat. Please don't hesitate to call reach out to me at Kendra.StJohn@bealsmd.com with any questions, or to set up a consultation. I'm looking forward to meeting with you, and I look forward to our journey together!
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