One woman has revealed that she is left with a botched smile and that she cannot fully dilate her mouth after receiving Dysport injections in her cheeks to treat her temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
Montanna Morris, 24, from Florida, talked about her condition in a now viral this week TikTok video she filmed two months after her injections explaining that her mouth paralysis was worse before.
‘About two months ago, I definitely got a failure from Botox,’ she explained, though she later recounted BuzzFeed that she actually got Dysport, another brand of the neurotoxin.
Oh no! Montanna Morris, 24, from Florida, revealed on TikTok this week that she was left with a botched smile after receiving Dysport injections in her cheeks in January to treat her TMJ
Difficult to handle: Montanna is in the picture before the injections she received in late January (left) and afterwards (right). The paralysis was so bad that she could barely open her mouth at first
“ I didn’t start talking about it until I fully recovered, but I saw someone posting yesterday that this happened to me too, but with her eye. ”
The TikToker was referring to influencer Whitney Buha, 34, who was left with a drooping eyelid after getting Botox at a medical spa.
The Chicago-based blogger has documented her path to recovery after her eye started drooping, causing her other eye to bulge to overcompensate for her reduced vision.
Whitney’s candid videos inspired Montanna to share her story in hopes of preventing it from happening to other people.
“ If I could post now and save something like a person, I would feel a lot better about the experience, ” she said, sharing a photo of her smile before the injections.
Your girl had a decent smile. I had dimples. It’s really all I had in front of me, and then I developed a really bad TMJ. My doctor suggested I get Botox in my masseter muscles here.
Clarifying This: Montanna emphasized in follow-up video that it was the incorrect placement of the neurotoxin through the injector that spoiled her smile – not the injection itself
Well, I did. They over-injected me and injected me in the wrong place and paralyzed all my facial muscles. ‘
Montanna then smiled at the camera to show how her smile is shorter and doesn’t show as many of her front teeth as before.
“So this is my smile now – and this is in two months,” she noted. “You should have seen it before.”
Montanna’s video has been viewed over 4.4 million times in just two days and has received thousands of sympathetic responses. However, many people pointed out that it was the incorrect placement of the neurotoxin through the injector that ruined her smile – not the injection itself.
“I just want to say that I am fully aware that this was an injector problem, not a Botox problem,” she said in another TikTok. ‘I was just wandering and couldn’t imagine two million people seeing what I was talking about, so I wasn’t phrasing things perfectly. I admit that.
“I’ve made Botox a success at several medical spas in different areas. I hope this doesn’t completely discourage people from getting Botox. It can be an incredible tool, ‘she added. “I was just spreading awareness that this can happen.”
Side effect: Montanna added that she is actually in more pain than before (pictured) because the paralysis has caused her to suffer from muscle atrophy
Candid: ‘It’s getting better, but let’s just say confidence took a hit for a minute and I don’t want anyone else to go through that,’ said the TikToker (pictured before the injections)
Montanna told BuzzFeed that two years ago she started developing TMJ dysfunction – a painful jaw condition – and sometimes woke up with her jaw completely locked.
She said it was locked for two weeks straight when she started exploring Botox as a treatment option. When she was injected on January 21, she chose to get Dysport because they had a special discount promotion.
However, the injector did not convert the unit’s readings properly and she was over-injected, largely paralyzing her mouth.
“ The injector told me I would have the final results in a week or two, but my face was freezing within four days – so I knew it was going to be bad, ” she recalls.
The width of my mouth was getting shorter. I could see less and less of my teeth when I smiled – that was the first thing I noticed. Then my dimples almost completely disappeared.
Botched: Montanna was inspired to share her story after seeing 34-year-old influencer Whitney Buha talk about how she was left with a drooping eyelid after getting Botox at a medical spa
Before and After: Whitney, who woke up with her left eye drooping and her other eye bulging to compensate for her impaired vision, has documented her recovery
‘My TMJ is better – my jaw was unlocked shortly after treatment and is now much less locked, but surprisingly I am in more pain than before,’ she added. “I’ve had quite a bit of muscle atrophy because of the paralysis, so chewing on certain things is more difficult than before.”
In a follow-up video, Montanna shared a photo of herself trying to smile right after the facial injections, revealing that she could barely open her mouth.
“It’s getting better, but let’s just say confidence took a hit for a minute and I don’t want anyone else going through that,” she said.
Fortunately, Dysport and Botox are only temporary and will start to wear off in three or four months, meaning Montanna’s smile will likely be back to normal by summer.
Montanna thanked viewers for their support and kindness in her latest TikTok.
“I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so, so sweet and nice in the comments,” she said.
Posting something like that could have gone a completely different direction. TikTok is really relentless at times and you guys chose to be nice. So I really appreciate it. ‘