Can Botox Be Injected Into My Cheeks?

February 19th, 2016

can-botox-be-injected-into-my-cheeksLet’s face it – no matter how well you take care of your skin, eventually, fine lines and wrinkles will make an appearance on your face, and you’ll need a little help keeping them under control. Botox has become so widely accepted and used for this purpose that it’s hard not to think of it as a cure-all for signs of aging in your skin. It’s true, there are a wide array of problems that Botox can solve, but are there areas of your face on which Botox shouldn’t be used?

How Botox Works

Botox treatments utilize a very mild form of neurotoxin to block nerve impulses in the target area. This, in turn, relaxes the attached facial muscles that contract to cause wrinkles and fine lines. The Woodlands Botox patients come to Dr. Myers to solve a variety of age-related issues, including:

  • Frown Lines: these are the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when frowning or making similar facial expressions. Over time, these lines can become etched into your face regardless of your expression, lending to a constant severe look.
  • Crow’s Feet: these are the lines that radiate from the corners of your outer eyes in a pattern resembling a crow’s footprint. These lines often appear when squinting, but over time, they too can become a permanent fixture on your face.
  • Forehead Wrinkles: these horizontal lines typically appear across your forehead when you raise your eyebrows, but, as with other facial expression lines, they can become etched into your face, especially if you frequently make expressions that cause them.

For all of its positive applications, though, there are places on your face where Botox shouldn’t be applied, and your cheeks are definitely one of them. Botox injections in the cheeks have been known to cause inconsistency in facial expressions and, in some cases, even an inability to smile.

Alternative Treatments

With the passage of time, it’s common for the pads of your cheeks to begin slipping downward, giving a hollow, sunken-in look to your face. While Botox is not an ideal treatment for this problem, there are other remedies that can be applied. One method is through the use of dermal fillers, such as Restylane, to replace lost facial volume. If the appearance of your cheeks is adding years onto your face, schedule a consultation with Dr. Myers today. He’ll walk you through all your options and find the one that’s ideally suited to your situation.

Questions about improving the look of fine lines on your face? The Woodlands Botox expert Dr. Wesley T. Myers can help. Call us today at 936.539.8115 for your consultation.