Treating the Jaw
A large or square jaw appearance is often caused by overly developed masseter (chewing) muscles, which add bulk to the lower jaw. Jaw slimming injections work by weakening the chewing muscles. As these muscles relax, a square or heavy lower jawline attains a softer angle. Many patients find this treatment makes them look less aggressive or masculine, giving them a less tense, friendlier appearance.
Who is suitable to have this treatment?
This treatment is appropriate for men and women who feel that their jaw is too wide, square, or heavy. Ideal candidates are realistic about the subtle yet noticeable results achievable through jaw slimming injections. This treatment is suitable for most adults who are in good overall health. It works particularly well on patients whose masseter muscles have been built up by excessive chewing or grinding at night. If you are considering jaw slimming treatments, schedule a consultation visit to determine whether you are a good candidate for this technique.
What to Expect
Jaw slimming treatments take place in an office visit lasting less than an hour. They involve injections of a muscle relaxant, which blocks signals from the nerves to the masseter muscle. This controlled weakening causes the jaw to relax slightly, creating a subtle softening in the jawline.
A thin needle is used to inject the anti-wrinkle product directly into the masseter muscles of the lower jaw.
After the injection process, patients can return home or go back to work immediately. No bandages need be worn over the treated area, and there is no required downtime. This treatment has become popular among those looking for a fast change in their appearance without a significant recovery period. A few days after the treatment, you will begin to notice visible results in your jawline. Within about ten days, the injected muscle relaxant will take full effect, relaxing and slimming your jawline.
The effects of this treatment usually last 3-6 months. Over time, the injected muscle relaxant will wear off, and as the muscles regain their strength, the jawline will become heavier again. Many patients schedule regular injections to maintain the slimmer appearance of their jaw.
Possible Risks and Complications
Immediately following the injections, minor side effects such as swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness are common. These typically dissipate within a few days, and any visible effects can be camouflaged with make-up. After receiving jaw slimming injections, avoid rubbing or touching the lower portion of your face for 12 hours and don’t lie down for 3-4 hours. These actions can make the injected muscle relaxer migrate, causing unintended weakness in the surrounding areas. Muscle relaxant injections rarely cause serious complications, though patients should be aware that infection and long-term numbness of the treated area are possibilities.
Rough Costs Involved
Jaw slimming treatments typically require $ 440 worth of muscle relaxant. Many patients combine this with treatments on other areas of the face, such as the brow, which does come with an added cost. To learn more about the cost of jaw slimming injections and related facial treatments, schedule a consultation visit.