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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Botox facial slimming?
Botulinum toxin, also known as Botox or Dysport (two brands of botulinum toxin commonly used in the US), is used to relax our jaw muscles. When our jaw muscles are relaxed and less tense, they will start to reduce in size and over time, result in a slimmer and sharper face and jawline.
How does it work?
The mechanism of how Botox works is by relaxing specific muscles. By relaxing our jaw muscles, we will tend to not use it and work it as hard.
Take for example, if someone goes to the gym often to build up his/her muscles and then stops exercising for a while. His/her muscles will gradually undergo atrophy and become smaller without the regular exercise. Without constant activity, our muscles will tend to lose its bulk and size.
So by relaxing our jaw muscles with Botox, these muscles will lose its bulk and size over a short period of time, achieving a more V-shaped face.
Where will it be injected?
It is important that you visit a certified and experienced doctor for the Botox injections as injections in the wrong muscles can lead to undesirable side effects.
For Botox facial slimming, we inject into the masseter muscles (which is the main jaw muscles). It is also important to note that the injections are into the body of the masseter muscles. This is where the bulk of the muscles are and more importantly, injections too close or into the head of the masseters will cause a crooked smile or the inability to smile.
How long will I see results?
Results will be seen after about 4-6 weeks. This is the time usually required for the jaw muscles to reduce in size.
How long will it last?
Results typically last about 6 months. After 6 months, jaw muscles slowly go back to its original size or to slightly smaller than before.
Who is suitable for Botox facial slimming and how much is needed?
Most people are suitable for this procedure. The bigger and squarer your jaw muscles are, the better results you will achieve.
People who grind their teeth can also stop their teeth grinding habit with Botox facial slimming as the procedure will relax their jaw muscles and stop the grinding habit, at the same time slimming the jawline.
About 25-30 units of Botox or 70-75 units of Dysport is used per side. Both Botox and Dysport work in the same way. Some doctors prefer Dysport for jaw slimming as it diffuses and spreads more in larger muscles, and therefore can cover more area during the injection.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are minimum. Common side effects include tiny injection marks and very seldom, mild bruising over the muscle. As mentioned, if injected incorrectly, one can have a crooked smile or lose the ability to smile. Therefore, always seek an experienced or trusted doctor when it comes to any procedures.
Is it painful?
The needles used for the procedure are very fine and patients usually do not feel anything during the injection. The administration of Botox during the procedure can feel a little ‘achy’ for some people, but this feeling goes away immediately after the procedure.
What should I take note of after the procedure?
Patients are advised to not smoke or consume alcohol 24-48 hours after the procedure. Vigorous exercise should also be avoided on the day of the procedure.
What else to consider for a slimmer and sharper face?
Most of us have a shorter or rounder chin. A chin filler, together with Botox facial slimming, will achieve a sharper and slimmer face.
Like all procedures, do not be excessive and you will be able to achieve a natural slimmer face in no time.
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