An inverted triangle or v-shape face is held as a sign of beauty. By a v-line we refer to a facial contour that tapers from the cheekbones to the chin. Sometimes, however, the masseter muscles on either side of the face are so muscular that the jawline appears too broad. Men consider this a desirable feature since it is a sign of masculinity. Women, however, usually consider it a lot less attractive in their own face.
The masseter muscle is the muscle which runs along your jawline near the ear. You can feel it if you clench your jaw tightly. It is used to move your lower jaw up and down and side to side. Some people have overdeveloped masseter muscles, which can present as a wide, square jawline, teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw pain.
A wide jawline is often genetically determined and frequently observed in people of asian descent. If the highlight of your face is such a broad jawline, it is conceivable that your cheekbones are not reaching their full potential. The correct balance between cheekbones and jawline (jawline slimming) is essential for a soft appearance of a v-shape. With the use of a botulinum toxin treatment, we can achieve the appearance of a slimmed-down jawline, thus restoring the “inverted triangle of youth”.
The procedure works by targeting the enlarged jaw muscles. These muscle when enlarged, gives the face a square shape and a rather masculine jawline. Following the treatment, these muscles relax and reduce in size, giving a reduced jawline and leading to a more delicate oval shape of the face overall.
It is vital to have an initial consultation before proceeding with your treatment. This is regardless of the fact that you have had this treatment elsewhere. This is to ensure we discuss your medical history and to ensure you are suitable for the procedure, fully educated and informed before proceeding with treatment.
If you are thinking about having the wrinkle relaxing treatment for jaw slimming, you might have questions about its safety. This treatment has long heritage of use, leading to confidence in its safety and efficacy. Wrinkle relaxing treatment is an approved treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, and 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 are painful. The truth is that 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. 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 typically range from three to four months. Eventually most people require another treatment as the masseter 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. Occasionally, the treatment may relax nearby muscle groups causing a lopsided smile or slight facial asymmetry. This may last for a few weeks, but will resolve with time. As with any medicine an allergic reaction may occur, this is however quite rare.
- Avoid make up for 24 hours post treatment.
- Avoid rubbing or touching the treated areas and avoid having facials and massage for 48 hours.
- 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.