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Botox and the lower face

In Louisville Botox is an invaluable tool for contouring the upper third of the face. The forehead, the creases between your eyes, and your crow’s feet. Use in these areas is pretty universal, very safe & predictable, and very successful.

Once we get below the level of your eyes, Botox use becomes a lot more tricky. Now it’s not as useful as a Louisville Facelift, but Botox can be very helpful for a gummy smile or a downturn of the corners of your lips.

Use below the eyes is almost entirely directed towards the mouth. The problem is that unlike most of the muscles on the forehead and around your eyes, the muscles around the mouth serve more of a function. Namely, they allow us to speak and eat without food and drink leaking out of your mouth! Weakening these muscles can definitely interfere with these functions.

Now, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use botox to treat your lower face. What it does mean is that you need to seek out an injector with significant experience. Otherwise you may get more than you bargained for.

Lee Corbett, MD

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