For many, large jaw muscles are just part of their normal anatomy however others have problems with excessive teeth grinding or clenching, also known as “bruxism.” With the overuse of teeth grinding the masseter muscles become larger and overdeveloped. This in turn… over time alters the shape of the lower face, creating a square jawline.
The Solution, Botox.
In addition to the aesthetic reasons behind treating the masseter muscles, many people with bruxism also suffer from pain and discomfort which has previously only been treated with special splints and physiotherapy.
Botox can be safely used to slim down a wide face. Although temporary difficulty in chewing may sometimes occur, side effects are rare. In addition, there is no downtime, and normal daily activities can be resumed immediately.
Some patients report a “softer” feeling when they bite down, and some people have reported feeling strained after chewing for long periods of time shortly after the treatment. For those few who experience any side effects, they appear to wear off a couple of weeks later.
How Does it Work?
Botox is injected directly into the masseter muscle. The treatment takes less than ten minutes. Most patients have minimal discomfort, even without anaesthetic cream. By weakening the muscles, the jawline softens into a slimmer, more oval shape. Botox cannot, however, make a round or chubby face smaller, but rather it reduces the size of prominent masseter muscles that define the lower shape of their face.
How Many Treatments Does it Take to See Results?
Each patient’s treatment schedule may be a little different. With facial slimming, the most important thing is creating an even look because the masseter muscles are separate and located on either side of the face. Your plan may require only one treatment, with checkups to see if anything needs to be tweaked. A couple treatments may be recommended in certain cases.
How Long Does it Last?
Results can last between four to six months depending on how fast your body metabolizes the Botox. Patients can choose to repeat the treatment every six months to maintain the effect. For long-term Botox users, the dosage is often reduced with subsequent treatments.
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
The treatment consists only of a few targeted injections. There are no recovery steps for most patients, and most go about their day as normal as soon as the treatment is over. Minor bruising and swelling may sometimes appear around the injection areas, but even this is rare.
How Do You Keep Results Even?
Even results are definitely a concern, and many people who have not chosen reputable clinics that know how to slim a face have reported uneven results. Skin Technique avoids this risk with a careful consultation period that includes exact measurements and examinations before the treatment plan is even started. Our highly experienced doctors have performed thousands of anti-wrinkle treatments and we are confident you will be very happy with your results.
How Do I Begin?
Are you ready talk about face slimming? You can start by scheduling a consultation at SkinFX to learn more about this treatment and how the results can work for you.