What to do about a twisted smile after Botox injection to the chin and cheek?? (photos)

I had Botox injected (1 unit) 2 weeks ago to my right cheek and chin to adjust my smile, but my smile became twisted, so I referred to the same dermatologist and she suggested to fix it with another injection to the opposit side, and she did but with 1 unit injected midway between my mouth and jawline, it's the 6th day after this injection and still no change. Do I need more dose, or should I wait 4 months with this smile?!!!

Doctor Answers 6


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Correcting asymmetry around the mouth after having Botox is tricky. If the facial nerve was agitated, it may take between 3-6 months for full function to return. In the meantime, using Botox to temporarily correct the asymetry is an option which should be discussed with your injector.

Santa Monica Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox and Asymmetrical Smile

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I suggest just waiting till the botox settles, this takes 6 weeks to get better and 3 months to go away.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 203 reviews

Botox to treat asymmetry

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 Thank you for your question. I would recommend that you follow up with your dermatologist. It is good for both you and your dermatologist to get the feedback needed to get the right dosing for the results that you're looking for.

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Botox starts working in 1-3 days but doesn't take full effect for two weeks. You might consult with your Dermatologist after the two weeks. 

Stay Skintasic 

Sandra M. Johnson, MD
Fort Smith Dermatologist

Twisted smile

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Thanks for your question. Sorry you're having a minor issue. In my opinion it is best to just let botox wear off if there are minor asymmetries, especially in a very sensitive area such as the mouth and cheek. More botox could certainly make things worse, time will certainly make things better. Hope this helps. 

Julian W. Dixon, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Asymmetric smile after Botox

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Hello Raheel,

I would recommend being conservative.  Give the last injection at least 14 days to see the result.  If you are still asymmetric you can consider another small dose.  The other option is do nothing and just wait until the Botox causing the asymmetry wears off.  I would definitely continue to discuss your concerns with your injector to determine the best plan of action. 

I hope this helps and good luck. 

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