Many people may feel that their jaw is too wide or heavy, clenched and/or irregular for their face and wish that they can achieve a more symmetrical appearance. If you feel like your overall facial appearance would be improved if your jawline was slimmer, then a jaw slimming treatment may be the answer to your problem.
A large or square jaw appearance results from overly developed chewing muscles called the masseter. Jaw slimming injections work by weakening the masseter so that these muscles relax and achieve a softer angle.
WHO ARE THE POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR THIS TREATMENT?
This treatment suits men and women with wide, square or heavy jaw. Ideal candidates are those who are realistic about the outcome of the treatment and are in good overall health. It works particularly well to those with a prominent and strong masseter as a result of excessive chewing or grinding at night. For those who are considering jaw slimming treatments, you can schedule a consultation to determine if this treatment is for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Jaw slimming treatments are usually lasts 15 minutes. The process involves injections of a muscle relaxant through a thin needle into the masseter muscles of the lower jaw. This results in a controlled weakening which causes the jaw to relax slightly.
After the injection of the muscle relaxant, patients can resume their activities immediately. No dressings need to be worn and there is no downtime.
A few days after the treatment, noticeable results in the jawline can be observed with full effect taking about 2 weeks. The effects of this treatment usually last 3 to 6 months. As time passes, the effect of the injected muscle relaxant will wear off and the jawline can become heavier again. Regular injections are required to maintain the slimmer appearance of the jaw.
POSSIBLE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Minor side effects such as redness, bruising, swelling and tenderness can be observed. These typically fade within a few days and any visible effects can be concealed with make-up. Post procedure care of the treated area include not touching the area for 12 hours after treatment to avoid the injected solution from leaking into the surrounding tissues. It is also suggested to not lie down for up to 3 to 4 hours after the procedure.