Chipmunk Cheeks - botox or buccal lipectomy? (photos)
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Botox or buccal lipectomy for chipmunk cheeks?
Botox or Dysport injection for masseter muscle can reshape and slim your face, helps with grinding and prevents further bone loss. In my opinion carefully placed fillers will improve both the chin area and your lip corners.
Your information and photos are not adequate enough to suggest if you need skin tightening procedures for further contouring of your face at this time. In my opinion you should find an experienced physician who can evaluate you in person and guide you in the right direction.
Best of luck
It is not uncommon to have an enlarged jowl muscles. This muscles are used for chewing food. In many people these muscles can be enlarged. This is very common in korean and other oriental people. Botox is used commonly to treat enlarged muscles.
Many people would treat your down turn lips with Botox others may choose to do this with fillers. I think both could be helpful.
As for your chin I think it looks great I'm not sure that I would change anything. In order to see whar results fillers can give you for your chin it would be possible to inject the chin with anesthesia to see the temporary result. You'll be the judge.
Botox or Buccal Lipectomy?
This is a common problem that creates a square jawline and can be treated with Botox for hypertrophy (or growth) of the masseter muscle which lasts 3-4 months, or excision (or removal) through an intraoral (inside the mouth) incision. This is more predictable, but carries the risk of nerve injury or dry mouth.
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Botox is not the answer ...for you
Botox is a great product for many things, but it's not the answer for you! The fact that you have fat along your jowl area Botox would not work. It would be more likely treated with facial LIPO- suction or Ultherapy would be a better choice. Buccal fat is located much higher up and if you were grinding your teeth the swelling that you would have would he higher up between your jawline and your ear. Your chin could be made more pronounced by using any one of many fillers that are available.
Changing the shape of the face with Botox and fillers
This can be improved using Botox to the masseter muscles. This will slim the face. You can also add filler to the chin area.
Chipmunk Cheeks. Get Galtox
Muscle hypertrophy from repeat grinding of teeth when patients are sleeping may result in overly prominent masseter muscles. This can be examined by clenching ones jaw and looking at the contours of the jaw line. If the jaw line looks more pronounced and a palpable firm area is noted indicating flexed muscle then this would warrant an evaluation by a physician hopefully a plastic surgeon with expert command of the anatomy of the face and consideration for botox treatment of this area.
Buccal lipectomy is an extreme intervention. Consideration for this should be undertaken only after exhaustive evaluation of non surgical and conservative care.
Chin hypoplasia may be amenable to filler and would be a temporary treatment.
Botox and Fillers
Obviously photos are only part of the story so an in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is ideal. Fillers are a great option to help correct downturned corners of the mouth. There is a surgical procedure available as well, which can be performed under local anesthesia, called a "corner-of-the-mouth" lift but it must be performed by a highly qualified surgeon as there are risks of scars and the quality of the scar may depend on the technical capabilities of the surgeon. I'm a much bigger fan of fillers than surgery for this issue.
Regarding your cheeks, I think you could address it with Botox to the masseter and perhaps enhancing the cheekbone areas with a filler like Voluma. I would caution against overdoing things in your cheeks.
A pointy chin can sometimes be addressed with fillers to shape the jaw as well as consideration of a chin reduction procedure. Best wishes! - Dr. Sayed
Reshaping the jawline botox or VASER/ThermiRF
Botox to the masseter is a great option for contouring the jaw. Another option would be VASER/ThermiRF. I recommend getting a formal consultation with a facial contouring expert. Best, Dr. Emer
Combination treatment with injectables
The photos are limited and really do not replace an in-person evaluation with an experienced provider. That being said, I believe fillers and possibly Botox maybe the way to go. For example, fillers such as Juvederm UltraPlus or Restylane will help with the downturned corners of the mouth and marionette lines and Voluma could help with your chin concern. I would also consider either Juvederm or Voluma along the jawline and prejowl sulcus to help revolumize your lower face. Finally, I would add some fillers along the lateral cheek/zygoma and possibly some Botox into the masseters to make your face more oval. I hope this helps. See an experienced injector.
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