Botox for Dimpled Chin
A dimpled look to the chin can occur when the mentalis muscle is contracted. This dimpled, pebbly, or orange peel (peau d'orange) appearance can be reversed with the application of botox to the chin muscle, causing the area to remain in a relaxed state even when contracted.
Botox for Dimpled Chin
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About the Procedure
Botox is commonly injected into overly active facial muscles to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles that develop due to repetitive movements. Botox can be used during a chemical brow lift to prevent the forehead movements responsible for deep brow furrows and lines between the eyebrows, or used in the periorbital region to reduce fine lines near the eyes called "crow's feet". When botox is used in the chin area, it helps to erase unsightly dimpling which may make individuals look aged or constantly worried. Before treatment, the patient's skin will be cleansed and marked for where the botox will be injected. The provider will take care to not inject the botox too laterally, avoiding inadvertent weakening of the depressor labii inferioris muscle, which helps lower the bottom lip. The injection must also not be placed too superiorly, or closer to the lip, to avoid weakening the orbicularis oris muscle that surrounds the mouth and assists speech, eating, and facial expression. Once the muscles are injected, light pressure is applied to the area to prevent bruising. It may take several days to see an improvement in the appearance of the skin as the botox infiltrates the muscle.
The goal of botox injections in a dimpled chin is to relax the mentalis muscle and reduce the appearance of wrinkling in the chin area.
What to Expect
A dimpled look to the chin can occur when the mentalis muscle is contracted but can be reversed with the application of Botox to the chin muscle. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after Botox for dimpled chin.
- No alcohol 24 hours prior
- No blood thinning medications
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Reschedule if a rash, blemish, or cold sore develops in the area
- Skin will be cleansed and marked for injection
- Botox is injected
- Pressure is applied to the area
Following botox injections into the chin, avoid lying down in the first four hours after the procedure as well as massaging the mentalis muscles. It is important for patients to avoid strenuous movement so as not to cause accidental migration of the botox into unintended areas which may result in drooping.
The ideal candidate for botox for chin dimpling desires to eliminate a rough texture that has developed on the front area of the chin due to a hyperactive mentalis muscle.
Not Recommended For
Botox for chin dimpling is tolerated by most patients however it is not recommended for individuals with an infection or irritation in the area to be treated.
Side effects from botox injections into the chin may include muscle weakness, hoarse voice, and difficulty speaking. These adverse reactions are uncommon but can last for as long as 3-4 months, or until the body has naturally processed the botox injection.