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 clients find this treatment makes them look less aggressive or masculine, giving them a softer more feminine appearance.
Who is suitable to have this treatment?
At b clinic, you will be assessed by one of our experienced doctors or nurses who will objectively decide whether or not if this will be the best treatment for you. Our honest and conservative injectors may feel that treating the masseter muscles with muscle relaxant may lead to you losing too much of the jawline and this change to your face will cause you to lose your defining characteristics. Other treatments, such as Ultherapy, can be recommended to achieve the best possible outcome, especially if a client has an excessive fat pad. It is paramount that clients understand the importance of being treated by a highly-skilled injector that understands the anatomy so that complications like not affecting the smiling muscle or paralysing any adjacent muscles occurs. This treatment works particularly well on clients 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, clients can return home or go back to work immediately. 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.
Within two weeks of the treatment being performed the masseter muscles will begin to relax and you will start to notice a slimmer appearance of your jawline. However, the muscle will continue to gradually become less powerful and limit the muscle’s full range over the course of six weeks. At six weeks it is expected that the treatment will have taken full effect and the maximum result will have been achieved. The end result and how noticeable the treatment is will vary depending on how wide the angle of the individual’s jawline is, how severe their bruxism is, or if they have an excessive fat pad in the lower jaw.
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 clients 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 clients 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.