How to Fix the Appearance of a Droopy Nose When Smiling

Say Goodbye to This Common Insecurity – Say Hello to Beautiful, Genuine Smiles

Nowadays, it seems like people are taking more pictures than ever before. We all know the feeling of dread we experience when a friend whips out their camera or phone and we would simply rather not be bothered that day. If you are self-conscious about the way your nose appears when you smile, this dread can be even worse.

For many people who suffer with this “drooping nose” phenomenon, they might find that their nose sits regularly on their face when they are resting, and when they smile, it droops. While it is true that an individual’s insecurities are always so much more prominent to themselves than to others, it is your own opinion that matters most. After all, you are the one who has to navigate your day, and you are the one who deserves to feel proud and genuinely happy when smiling for a photo.

This effect of a nasal droop while smiling is often due to a muscle called the depressor septi nasi muscle that contracts while smiling and pulls the nasal tip downwards. Fortunately, there is an option available that is rather noninvasive and does not require actual surgery – Botox. You might be surprised at this solution, as Botox is typically used to prevent wrinkles. However, Botox works by freezing your muscles, and it can do the same for the muscles in the nose. This is called a “non-surgical nose job,” and more surgeons and patients are hopping on board.

To treat a droopy nose tip, our team would simply need to inject an average of 2-4 units of Botox underneath he septum of the nose. In the same way that Botox is known to freeze the muscles of the forehead, this freezes the depressor septi nasi muscle and gives the nose a more lifted look when smiling.

Can Botox Lift the Nose Tip?

The nose is made of cartilage that is anchored in place by muscles. The way these muscles pull makes a large impact on the pull of the nasal tip. Botox injections can be a great way to recreate balance in the face while smiling for many patients. This is because the same muscle that pulls the tip downwards, the septi nasi muscle, connects the upper jaw and the nose. If your nose is drooping when you smile, it might be because there is tension in this muscle, which Botox can fix. Many patients prefer this option to a traditional rhinoplasty because it is much less invasive and more efficient.

We can inject Botox in roughly 15 minutes, but it takes a few days for the injection to do its magic. Once you see your results, though, you will be able to enjoy them for roughly four months before they will need to be retouched. As it turns out, the solution to your smile troubles might not be solved by a trip to the dentist, but could be solved through a few Botox injections! Sometimes, the best answers turn up in the most unexpected places.

To learn more about how we can correct a droopy nasal tip, or to learn more about our other cosmetic procedures, give West Coast Plastic Surgery Center a call at (805) 978-8545 or contact us online.

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