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How I Beat My Daily Grind with Botox

Some people eat when they’re stressed. Some shop. Some shop for food that they then eat. Me? I clench my jaw. Aside from my knotted up shoulders, my masseter muscles are the greatest bearer of my bodily stress. If you suffer from teeth grinding,TMJ or any similar jaw-related tension condition, I know you feel my pain and frustration. To make matters worse, most of the clenching was happening at night, so I couldn’t even catch myself in the act and modify the behavior. I would wake up every morning with tightness and soreness along the side of my face that I would try – fruitlessly – to massage away. Before you could say “night guard’, I had cracked the filling on a molar and wore down another molar to a rounded stump. I wanted to find a real preventative solution that would help me avoid extra trips to the dentist – twice a year for my cleaning is more than enough, thank you.

Grinding Your Teeth? Botox to the Rescue

Botox, which is fast becoming a panacea for all sorts of health and beauty issues, is a very useful tool for dealing with jaw tension. Makes sense – Botox paralyzes muscles, and teeth grinding is caused by the masseter muscle going into nocturnal overdrive. Weaken the masseter muscle and you alleviate most, if not all, of this tension.

It’s Quick & Painless

I visited Dr. Dara Liotta for this unbelievably quick and painless procedure. We’re talking ten minutes and two tiny pinches. The first time she did the procedure she used 20 units of Botox on each side. When Botox is used to relax the facial muscles that cause fine lines, the maximum effect is seen in 7-10 days. When Botox is used on the masseter muscle, the maximum effect is not seen for 3 months…and results can last up to 9 months. Dr. Liotta recommended I get repeat injections every 6 months to maintain results. She also said that many people enjoy very long term results after three treatments. Within a month, I noticed a huge difference in the pain and tightness around my jaw. I no longer woke up every morning feeling like I’d been gnawing on a wad of Hubba Bubba all night. Now, nine months since my first injection, I’m happy to say I’ve not had to make a single extra dental visit!

Happy Side Effects

As if the reduction in pain and dental visits was not enough, the procedure has cosmetic benefits as well. I have always thanked my Russian ancestors for my chiseled cheekbones. Since the Botox reduced the size of my Masseter muscle, it also reduced and softened my jawline, creating a more dramatic angle from my cheek to my jaw.This allowed my cheekbones to “pop” even more than before. When Dr. Liotta showed me pictures taken before and then 2 months post-procedure, I was floored.

Using Botox to reduce the jawline is fast becoming a popular procedure as it is minimally invasive – traditional jaw reduction surgery involves breaking and removing part of the jaw bone. Ouch! Oh, Botox, what will you think of next?!

Dr. Liotta is fantastic. She is not only a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, but also a Board Certified ENT surgeon, so she has an expert understanding of the face and neck. Want to talk to her about Botox, fillers or another cosmetic procedure? Visit her website for more information and to schedule a consultation.

By: Claire McCormack @clairemcmack

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Expert Interview with Dr. Dara Liotta, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Dara Liotta has recently joined Travel Beauty’s panel of experts.

About Dr. Liotta

An Ivy League-educated and fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Liotta is dedicated not only to her own practice, but to continued education, research, and innovation in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. In her offices on the upper east side of Manhattan, Dr. Liotta performs a wide variety of facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including laser treatments, Botox, facial filler, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Dara Liotta is committed to helping her patients achieve beautiful, natural results that will last a lifetime. We can say first hand that her work and her bedside manner are top notch, which is why we asked her to join our esteemed panel of experts!

Travel Beauty sat down with Dr. Liotta for an exclusive Q & A session:

TB: What is the best/most rewarding part of what you do?

DL: I have an amazing job. I consider it an incredible privilege to be able to help my patients feel and look like the best possible versions of themselves.

TB: How does your background as an ENT surgeon inform and enhance your cosmetic practice?

DL: Having spent 5 years training in Ear, Nose and Throat and Head and Neck Surgery, before going on to complete fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, I’m intimately acquainted with, and comfortable manipulating, the delicate and complex anatomy of the face and neck from its most superficial to its deepest layers.

Four of our five senses are housed in this area, and I’ve been trained to appreciate and respect the vital structure and function of each. As a Board Certified ENT surgeon as well as a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, I believe that my job is not complete until everything looks good, functions well, and feels healthy.

TB: What are some common misconceptions you hear about injectables?

DL: With regards to facial fillers, patients tell me all the time that they are afraid of looking puffy, and having the pillowy, over-injected look of so many unfortunate celebrities. While everyone is different, the average patient may use 1 or 2 syringes of filler total. I like to point out that 5 syringes of filler like Juvederm are equal to only one teaspoon, so 1,2, or even 3 syringes can’t possibly make you look puffy. So don’t worry about that!

TB: Getting injectables and/or having plastic surgery is such a high stakes endeavor. What guidance can you give on picking a good surgeon? What should people steer clear of?

DL: It’s vital to be comfortable that you and your surgeon are on the same page in terms of the goals of surgery and what you consider to be a beautiful result- that you share the same idea of beauty. Assuming that you are comparing reputable, well-trained, talented surgeons, one of the most important things is choosing a surgeon whose aesthetic and opinion you trust. Cosmetic surgery is a little bit science and a little bit art.

Steer clear of physicians or surgeons who don’t have time to answer your questions, are hard to talk to, or are unavailable to you before your procedure.

TB: Any exciting new developments in your field that we can look forward to?

DL: Of course! The quest for beauty gets more high-tech, more minimally-invasive, and less painful every day. Stay tuned. . .

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