It is well known that Botox can be used to treat and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the upper facial areas (e.g. the area around the eyes, the forehead, the cheeks). However, a surprising few number of people know that Botox can be used on all areas of the face, high and low.
In regards to the lower part of the face, our most recent blog post before this one pertained to the use of Botox around the mouth to lessen the appearance of perioral lines, also known as “smoker’s lines.” Another less common but very effective area of treatment in the lower facial region, which I will cover for this blog post you’re reading, is in the chin.
All of us humans have a muscle in the mid-portion of our chins called the mentalis muscle. It is generally a very weak muscle, and most people do not even know that they can move the skin in that area using the mentalis.
Some individuals happen to have a very strong mentalis, resulting in the skin over that area appearing to be irregular in texture. I have heard it referred to as an “orange peel appearance”, or peau d’orange in French.
Unlike most times when having a strong muscle is considered admirable, a particular muscle that gives an appearance like the lumpy surface of an orange is not what many consider to be a desirable look (or feel). As you can probably already guess, Botox can help make that orange peel appearance smoother, and more like the peel of an apple if you will.
During my evaluation and consultation (which, as a reminder, is always free), I assess the texture and firmness of the chin. I observe and palpate the chin at best and while the person contracts the mentalis muscle.
As with any other area assessed for potential Botox or filler, I will note any areas that are not symmetrical. Then I discuss these areas with the individual, and determine the best course of action to make the chin area more symmetrical.
Once the strength and exact location of this chin muscle are both identified, I inject Botox precisely into several parts of the chin. Precision in Botox injection is important to avoid relaxing any other muscles in the lower face that affect the lips or smile.
If you are one of those who have the orange peel (or pebbly chin) look and have always wondered how to get rid of it, judicious use of Botox precisely injected can help. Call us at (207) 873-2158 for a free consultation.
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- the first time you are using Botox
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