Alongside softening wrinkles, Botox can also be used to thin and contour the face. Doctors achieve this by targeting the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw. Masseter muscles are the muscles depending on the angle of your jaw and controlling all the moves related to chewing foods. Masseter muscles become overdeveloped and more distinct because of teeth grinding or genetical structure and this causes the lower face to change its’ shape and take that strong “squared jaw” look. These muscles are the muscles that gives the face a square shape. This process is called masseter reduction. It’s believed that masseter reduction enables a look of weight loss between 5 to 10 kilos.
To create a thin and more feminine jawline, neurotoxin botulinum type A injection is applied to big masseter muscles.
Small doses of botulinum toxin is injected directly into the masseter muscles at both sides of the face and spreads to multiple points inside the muscles. This helps muscles to relax and reduces grinding and masseter hypertrophy. While many patients report thinning in face and jaw as a consequence of botulinum toxin treatment, voluntary moves like chewing and facial expressions are not affected by the process.
Procedure is highly effective with too little or no pain at all and without any recovery time. Face thinning and jaw downsizing effect may be seen at any time between 2 to 8 weeks.
Using botulinum toxin to relax masseter muscles is a safe way of treating both the neurogenic and muscular elements of bruxism with very little interruptions and minimum side effects.
Injections may give a feel of sting and it takes nearly 5 minutes to be completed, after that you can get back to your normal activities. There are very rare side effects reported regarding the botulinum toxin spreading away from the injection area.
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