With advancing age, bumpy or lumpy skin on the chin can appear and this is commonly called the ‘orange peel’ or as the French put it the ‘peau d’orange’ effect. This dimpling effect is caused by over activity of the chin muscles called the mentalis muscle. The precise administration of the treatment in this area relaxes the mentalis muscle, giving the chin a smoother contour.
When injected in the chin, it is aimed specifically at the mentalis muscle. This muscle is responsible for the dimpled/pebbled appearance of the chin.
The injection acts to paralyze the mentalis muscle, allowing the chin to relax, leading to improvement of the dimpled appearance of the chin. A single treatment can take anywhere from 2-4 units of wrinkle relaxing injections and lasts up to 4-6 months.
It is vital to have an initial consultation before proceeding with your first treatment – regardless if you have had this treatment elsewhere. This is to ensure we discuss your medical history and to ensure you are fully educated and informed before proceeding with treatment.
If you are thinking about having the wrinkle relaxing treatment for dimpled chin, you might have questions about its safety. The procedure may seem straight-forward, but it requires an acute appreciation of the anatomy in this area to ensure that neighbouring muscles are not inadvertently affected. When administered by trained, experienced professionals, there are low risks of side-effects and complications. This treatment is suitable for a wide range of people, but there are restrictions that should be applied. It is geared towards healthy men and women aged from 18 and onwards. It is not suitable for people with some underlying health conditions, including those with certain neurological and muscular diseases such as myasthenia gravis and motor neurone disease. If you are pregnant, or you have had an allergic reaction to the injections in the past, this treatment is also not suitable.
Many people assume that wrinkle relaxing treatment is painful. The truth is that the most people don’t experience any pain when they have this treatment. If you are nervous about having this treatment, or you have a fear of needles, we can use a mild topical anaesthetic to numb the skin beforehand. After treatment, the skin may be slightly red and inflamed, but you should feel comfortable, and you should be able to get straight back to work or whatever the rest of the day entails.
It can take about 14 days to see the full effects after the initial treatment. The cosmetic effects can last up to six months, but it typically ranges from three to four months. Eventually most people require repeated treatment as the muscle activity re-appears. Frequent treatment at intervals of less than 3 months is NOT recommended.
We offer all our patients a free two week follow up appointment to assess the effect of treatment and administer any top up treatments if necessary.
Most people find that the treatment causes only mild local pain and tenderness. Immediately after the treatment, there may be mild swelling at the treatment site, which usually subsides within 48 hours. Slight bruising is also possible. Side-effects of these treatments are extremely rare. Rarely crooked smile can happen if there is inadvertent diffusion of the medication in the nearby muscle groups.
- Avoid make up for 24 hours post treatment.
- Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massage for 48 hours this is to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection.
- Avoid vigorous exercise, sauna and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.
- If bruising develops then you can apply Arnica cream.
- Paracetamol can be taken for mild pain post procedure.
- We only use market-leading brands.
- We will not compromise on our standards and use the highest grade of dermal fillers for more dramatic results with better lift and tissue support.
- Consultation and treatment are personally undertaken by Dr Ghazala Khan who is an Advanced Aesthetics Practitioner trained in Anti-Wrinkle treatments and Dermal-Fillers. She is a full member of General Medical Council and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Member of Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
- We provide excellent post treatment care.