Before we delve into Botox, it is important to reiterate that Botox is a brand, like Kleenex. It is the most popular of neuromodulators, that block the release of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine from the nerve to the muscle, thus inhibiting the muscle from flexing.
Botox is loosely associated with aging, able to erase wrinkles and frown lines for 4 months or so. It gives an instant lift to the face by smoothing lines and defying gravity. The thing with Botox is that it is less about aging and more about habit. It fixes the dents and creases associated with certain facial movements that we make consistently over many years. So technically, it is about the length of time that we do a certain movement and not necessarily about how old we are… The thing is, generally these things go together.
In addition to the traditional uses of Botox on laugh lines and frown lines, there are now a variety of issues that Botox can remedy, providing temporary relieve (4 months) and a fresh and youthful appearance. There are also what are known as ‘off-label’ uses of Botox. This basically refers to uses that weren’t originally intended, such as migraine and over-sweating relief.
The Muscular Jawline
If you are a teeth grinder, then you are probably experiencing a lot of pain in your jaw. Additionally you may realize that your jaw muscle is getting so strong (with all the grinding) that it has become more protruding, thus changing the shape of your face to a more angular one. Botox is helpful in relaxing the muscle that aids grinding, this reduces the pain and weakens the muscle so the face loses its overly angular shape.
Worriers, like me, tend to scrunch their bottom lip and chin when stressed, or just thinking… This creates a cellulite-like effect on the face of the chin, below the lip. This adds years to your look, and gives you a highly strung, unhappy appearance. A few drops of Botox, in the area below the lip reduces the muscle, and relaxes the ‘orange peel’ effect. An added benefit is a bit of a lower lip flip.. Never a bad thing.
Protruding and exaggerated neck muscles are often a by-product of continuous strenuous exercise. Not only does it look unattractive, and quite masculine, the muscles in the neck become so strong that they actually pull your face down. Superficial Botox injections down the neck releases this tension and reduces the appearance of the neck muscles.
A Mini Nose Job
After the age of 40, our noses can begin to sag and become more hooked. The depressor muscle at the base of the nose pulls the nose downwards, thus making the whole face appear more droopy. A Botox injection at the base of the nose, between the nostrils releases this muscle, and the nose lifts, as it once was.
With time, our top lips starts pointing downwards instead of up. This again is a sign of aging due to many years of pursing our lips. This of course also creates lip lines along the top of the upper lip. Injecting tiny drops of Botox along the upper lip border allows the top lip to roll up and out slightly appearing plumper and more youthful.
Gummy Smile No More
For those of us suffering from a gummy smile, Botox could be a great option for releasing the upper lip allowing it to fall lower onto the gum and teeth. A gummy smile is created because the upper lip muscle is again too strong, working overtime to raise the lip further than needed. Two Botox injections at the base of the nose, releases the muscle and can solve a gummy smile.