Botox Review: Botox fixed my TMJ issues

 

a heart-centered approach to beauty

I just want to start by saying that especially in LA, there’s a lot of Kylie Jennering going on. You know, when someone obviously gets work done and then tells everyone that they didn’t. And I think that’s sending the wrong message, because it puts conventional beauty standards on this unattainable level. Let’s just be honest: you like that face? Gee thanks, she bought it.

But I also come from the pacific northwest, where the lip-filled and lasered are dammed for being too fake. And that doesn’t rest well with me either, because I know firsthand how a tiny flaw can cause a whole lot of insecurity and bullying. High school boys used to make fun of me for my dark hairy arms and that shiz still hurts a little bit.

So with honesty and frankness and loads and loads of body positivity, I want to talk about my experiences with beauty treatments. My hope is that I can honestly share the pros and cons, and you can decide if it’s for you.

I received free services in exchange for Instagram content, but as always, this post and all opinions are my own.

pre-treatment: my concerns

My face shape has changed in the past few years from TMJ disorder and grinding. My jaw muscles are inflamed from constant grinding, and my jaw grows more masculine-looking every year. I also have frequent headaches.

Besides TMJ issues, my family has genetic hooded eyes that grow more and more saggy with age. At almost 25, my eyes are just slits when I smile, and I missed the full, natural smiling eyes that I had just a couple years ago.

My dermatologist also informed me that as an extremely fair-skinned woman with loads of sun damage to my face, premature wrinkles are going to be a problem once I hit 28 or 29. To prevent deep lines from forming, she suggested I try just a couple drops of “baby botox” as a preventative measure, rather than correcting deep lines after they form.


the appointment

I met with Dr. Sari at Westside Aesthetics @goseesari and the first thing she said when she stepped in the room was, “Alright, look in the mirror and tell me everything you love about your face.” Dr Sari truly wants to help her patients to unveil and emphasize their natural beauty, and she’s against changing the way that any of her patients look. That helped me feel more comfortable, because my acne scars, hooded eyes, and bulgy jaw muscles are ME and I don’t want to look like anyone else!


the procedure

The injections took less than five minutes, and with some ice it was practically painless. I was up and on my way with no bruising or bleeding.


post treatment: the results

The jaw botox completely cured my headaches. I went from having two a day to almost none. I also sleep better from not grinding my teeth. But on the aesthetic side, I saw barely any difference. My jawline is softer, but in a subtle, almost indistinguishable way. And I’m really happy about that, because I still look 100% like me.

From a beauty perspective, I’m thrilled with the hooded eyes results. I went from fleshy eye slits to seeing smiling eyes again! My smile feels so much happier and expressive. Just a few drops of botox lifted my eyebrows enough to unveil my eyes, and while it’s still very subtle and barely noticeable, I feel so much more confident about my smile.

Lastly, the “baby botox” results are just a smoothed forehead and eye area. My future is probably going to have some skin lasering for all the sun damage that 23 years of tanning without sunscreen did, but it feels good to have a little head start on preventing premature deep lines.

 
Before and after TMJ treatment: my masseter jaw muscles are less swollen and inflamed.

Before and after TMJ treatment: my masseter jaw muscles are less swollen and inflamed.

 
 
Hooded Eye treatment: I’m smiling bigger from a caffeine buzz in the before picture, but you can still see how my eyelids don’t overtake my smiling eyes in the after picture.

Hooded Eye treatment: I’m smiling bigger from a caffeine buzz in the before picture, but you can still see how my eyelids don’t overtake my smiling eyes in the after picture.

 
 


cost

Botox lasts for 3-6 months. I’m purposefully not going to write the costs of Botox because the cost varies too much between cities and clinics, but it’s anywhere from $10-$20 per unit. Because of the cost involved, I’ll probably continue the TMJ treatments and just touch-up my hooded eyes before my wedding or another special event.

my tips for finding the right affordable injector

  • Don’t trust your face to a cheap injector.

  • If you live in LA, I trust Dr. Sari at Westside Aesthetics because she’s trying to maintain your unique expressions and features instead of putting a new face on you.

  • Botox is going to be cheaper in big cities. Miami, Los Angeles (especially Glendale!), and Salt Lake are great places to save money.

  • There are great deals on Groupon, but make sure you read the reviews and view photos on Instagram before trusting a good price.