by Jeff Garberich, PA-C and owner of About Face Anti-Aging Institute
By now we’ve all heard of Botox® and we know what it can do. We all know it can fix forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines (those vertical lines between your eyes that form when you scrunch your face up). But did you know that it’s used for a lot of other things?
Here are 8 things you didn’t know Botox® could treat:
1. A Brow Lift
Some people have a brow that naturally lies low. We can put a touch of Botox® in the brow, which provides shaping and elevation of the eyebrow. It will literally open your eyes to a whole new world!
2. A Nose Lift
If you add a bit of Botox® to the lower end of the nose, just above the lip, it can prevent the dipping of the nose during speaking, and elevate the tip ever so slightly.
3. Soften Lip Lines
Botox® is great for treating dynamic lines and wrinkles, meaning the wrinkles that form when there is muscle movement. Some clients don’t have visible lines around their mouth when they aren’t speaking, so they don’t need a dermal filler. In that case, we can use Botox® to relax the muscles around the mouth a bit to give the upper lip a smoother appearance.
4. Elevate the corners of the mouth
Nobody wants a permanent frowny-face. We can prevent the outer part of the mouth from turning down by placing small amounts of Botox® in the muscles just below the corners of the mouth. Oh, happy day!
5. Chin Dimples
Many people involuntarily contract their chin, which over time can cause what is known as “golf ball chin.” Though not common, it can be very disheartening to have numerous dimples on your chin, especially when you aren’t even aware you are making them appear. Botox® is very effective in smoothing out the dimples and helping the client stop contracting their chin to cause them.
6. Define Jawline
When you clench your teeth, you can see your jaw muscle, or masseter muscle, pop out. Some people do this continuously, and it makes the jaw line seem square or bulky. Injecting Botox® into the masseter muscle can soften the contraction, giving your jawline and face a softer look.
7. Fix a Gummy Smile
Some clients feel like their gums are more visible than their lips when they smile. Botox® can decrease how high the upper lip goes when you smile, meaning there will be less gums and more lips. How’s that for something to smile about?
8. Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be absolutely debilitating. We’ve had clients who have stopped going to social functions because they could no longer shake hands because of their sweaty palms, or clients who go through numerous shirts a day due to underarm sweating. Botox® can prevent excessive sweating in places like palms and underarms by blocking the neurotransmitter that stimulates sweat glands. The great news is that the effects last longer than when Botox® is used for cosmetic purposes.
There are so many changes, big and small, that Botox® can do to leave our clients with a smile. The idea is to keep your natural facial expressions and movement while making improvements that leave people wondering why you look so good! Contact us today for a free consultation to see how Botox® can help you!