What else can Botox do?
Facial slimming is a very popular Botox treatment. When injected into the masseter muscles (the muscles on the jawline) in a circular manner, Botox can "slim the face." Botox relaxes the muscle and over time the bulk of the muscle is reduced lending to a less square and more oval or heart shaped lower face. When used for this face-slimming purpose, the onset of results and longevity is a little bit longer than when Botox is used to smooth out wrinkles on the face. You can start to see a difference in the face in about 10 to 14 days and the results should last about four to six months, but can be longer. In order to maintain the results treatments must be continued at regular intervals every 3 to 6 months.
Utilized either alone or in conjunction with fillers, Botox can provide a fuller lip by flipping out the lip line and gently rolling the lip outward. This is also known as the "Botox Lip Flip". A small amount of Botox is injected into the muscle just above the lip border. The toxin relaxes the muscle around the mouth (the obicularis iris muscle), allowing the top lip to be gently rolled out, creating a subtle pout and the illusion of added volume.
The "gummy smile" occurs when the upper lip is excessively elevated showing off a large portion of the gums when smiling. A small amount of botox is injected right under the nose in the elevator labii superiors muscles (the muscles that help us sneer). This relaxes the muscle group and drops the upper lip.
Botox is quite effective at treating TMJ that is refractory to other types of treatment. It is injected in the muscles along the jawline and relaxes the muscles causing relief of symptoms.
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