What Problems Can I Fix With Botox?
Because of Botox’s ability to target and immobilize specific muscles, it’s an excellent option for conditions caused by muscle movement or overactive muscles. Reducing wrinkles to provide a more youthful appearance and controlling jaw/ear pain are two of the most popular uses of Botox for our patients.
Medical Uses of Botox
Doctors use Botox to treat a range of medical conditions. As ENTs, we primarily use Botox to treat issues associated with the temporomandibular joint syndrome, commonly called TMJ.
Essentially, TMJ is mini-arthritis or inflammation in the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. It’s a little like having tennis elbow in a joint you use all day, every day.
Botox’s unique ability to weaken muscle movement makes it an excellent treatment option for TMJ. By gently injecting Botox into the large, strong chewing muscle (the masseter), we temporarily weaken that muscle’s pull on the jaw, giving the distressed joint a chance to heal. Botox injections can help relieve:
- Jaw tension
- Jaw pain and soreness
- Jaw or ear pressure or fullness
- Teeth grinding and associated headaches
- Locking jaw
Cosmetic Uses of Botox
Youthful skin has an amazing ability to spring back into place. As skin ages, however, it loses elasticity, density, and moisture, making it more susceptible to creasing and wrinkling from muscle movement.
Botox allows patients to subtly smooth away specific facial lines without drastically changing their appearance. Botox injections can:
- Eliminate forehead lines
- Smooth crow’s feet Erase “11 lines” between the eyebrows
- Remove bunny lines on the nose
- Soften under-eye wrinkles
- Flip up the upper lip for fullness
A skilled and experienced ENT knows precisely which muscles to target to achieve a natural, more youthful look.