Anti-wrinkle injections can help to relax the masseter muscle to non-surgically slim the face and jawline
What is bruxism? How can I slim my jawline non-surgically?
Bruxism is a condition characterised by teeth grinding and excessive clenching of the jaw. It usually occurs at night during sleep, and can have consequences such as the blunting of teeth, headaches, temporomandibular joint problems, and an increase in the size of the masseter (chewing) muscles that result in a widening of the jawline and a square appearance of the face.
A square jaw is feature that may not be always be desired, especially in females. It can be due to bruxism or in some cases it can be a genetic trait. Furthermore, slimming the jawline can help to convert a square shaped face into an ‘upside down triangle’ shape, and this is usually a more youthful facial shape.
By injecting anti-wrinkle injections into the main muscle that causes the bulk (the masseter muscle), the squareness of the jaw can be reduced significantly, and bruxism reduced. The procedure has virtually no downtime, and starts to work in 1 week and lasts for about 4 to 8 months. Usually 20-50 units of anti-wrinkle injections are required in this area per side (total of 40 to 100 units).
Another option to slim the jawline in some cases is to have lipodissolve treatment over the parts of the lower face and jawline. This is only suitable for those who have an excessive of fat (and not muscle) in these areas. For more information on lipodissolve, click here.
The muscle that surrounds the lips, the orbicularis oris, purses the lips, and accentuates the appearance of vertical lip lines. It is possible, using anti-wrinkle injections, to reduce the amount of pursing that causes wrinkling. Anti-wrinkle injections work by relaxing the orbicularis oris muscle and preventing them from creasing the upper lip excessively. Their action lasts a few months only before re-treatment is required. Although mostly performed for the upper lip, this treatment can be done on the lower lip also.
There is a degree of lip incompetency that is caused by this treatment, and the dosage of anti-wrinkle injection used needs to be carefully chosen to balance the effects of the treatment with the side effects. In most cases, patients feel a slight ‘numbness’ to the upper lip and may have difficulties sucking on a straw, holding a cigarette with their lips, or blowing up a balloon. Speech is not usually affected. On average, most side effects last for about one month.
Results will vary from patient to patient and do not reflect the outcome of your surgery; nor does Dr Wadhera guarantee specific results.
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Dr Wadhera (M.B.B.S) has practiced medicine for over 40 years in Sydney. He is trained as a General Practitioner and in Cosmetic Medicine, specialising in aesthetic medicine and skin care surgery. Dr Wadhera is renowned for his quality of results and workmanship, as well as developing trusted relationship with clients. Dr Wadhera specialises in advanced techniques, complex cases and correctional work.