Improved jawline contouring
3 - 4 months
Masseter treatment addresses the appearance of a wide jaw, when overgrown muscles are the cause. The jaw muscles are called the masseter muscles and they are responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. These can become enlarged with repeated use, usually due to involuntary movements such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, or through overly frequent and regular chewing (e.g – for those who often chew gum).
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used in this instance to relax the contractions of the masseters and prevent overuse of these muscles.
Anti-wrinkle injections may commonly be referred to as botulinum toxin injections, or BOTOX. When addressing facial creases the toxin works to soften the movements and prevent a wrinkle from forming. With overgrown masseters the product is administered directly into the muscle on each side of the face, if this is required.
A comprehensive consultation will help to outline the most appropriate way to approach this concern, tailoring the treatment to suit your circumstances.
Masseter treatment can work to stop involuntary movements of the jaw, which can also alleviate any other concerns that may be associated with jaw clenching and teeth grinding (such as headaches and jaw pain). Over time the masseters will decrease in volume and shrink back to their regular size; restoring a more slim-line contouring of the jaw. By maintaining regular treatment sessions, every 3 or 4 months, it will help to ensure the results are long-lasting.
Being careful not to touch or rub the area for the first 6 hours can contribute to a successful result.
For many people who are recommended masseter treatment, it is enlarged muscles on one or both sides of the face that are the concern. The appearance of a wide jaw can affect the contouring of the jawline and give the lower face a heavy and unbalanced look. Women may feel that a slimmer jaw looks more feminine, with men feeling that an overly strong jawline affects the proportions of the face.
Many clinics use FDA approved, anti-wrinkle injections and feel that they safely and reliably treat a wide variety of medical or aesthetic concerns. Verified clinics will ensure a suitably trained professional carries out the procedure, applying their expert knowledge to achieve a successful result.
Although a fine needle is used, you will also have the option for a numbing cream to be applied to the treatment area. This form of mild anaesthesia will help to make the procedure feel more comfortable.
As the injection does penetrate the skin and underlying tissues, it is likely that some post-treatment sensitivity will be felt. This is usually very minor and can also be coupled with redness, swelling and bruising. These effects are temporary and will often subside within a day or two.
Your treatment plan will outline how many sessions will be required to reach your intended goal. Generally, this entails a single procedure with regular top-up procedures required for a long-lasting effect.
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