Studies have shown that Botox for square jaw reduction is one of the rising non-surgical cosmetic procedures in Asia. However, a qualified doctor should be able to advise on when the procedure should not be done. For instance, in a patient with an oblong face and strong prominent cheekbones, over-contouring can result in an unsightly disproportionate lower face and a gauntly appearance.
Botox to the Masseter Muscles
Botulinum toxin type A, or Botox® for short, is a natural purified protein used for therapeutic as well as cosmetic purposes. When injected into the masseter (chewing) muscles, it weakens and paralyses the muscles and causes them to atrophy (decrease in size) over time. Prolongactivity leads to a mass shrinking of the muscles, giving rise to a "softer" jaw line and a narrowser facial contour. The results are visible in about a week, and peak between three to six weeks later.
What You Ought to Know
Most Botox devotees who undergo the procedure are oblivious of the amount of Botox units required for them to achieve significant contouring effects. Doctors generally do not declare such details – except specifically requested to. It is important to have a thorough understanding of the optimal dose you are paying for in return for your desired results.
The amount of units necessary to sculpt the jaw line will depend on the size of muscle, the size of the face, and the gender of the patient. Some practitioners use Allegan Botox and inject 20 to 60 units on each side of the jaw in a session. Others, on the other hand, use Dysport – a European brand for Botox® – and inject 200 units for both sides of the jaw. While it is not recommended to over do the treatment, in a Botox overdose, apart from the wastewater of toxin, uncommon side effects such as weakness to masticate can occur.
To achieve long lasting and symmetrical results, the method of injection and a tasteful placement of the syringe play a fundamental role. Practitioners tend to debate on a single injection point to over 3 to 5 injection points to achieve similar effects.
The Ouch Factor
Unlike most dermal injectables such as Restylane and Juvederm, which have been reported to cause a higher level of discomfort due to a thicker product used, Botox shots are injected with a micro-needle and feel like your typical injection. Some describe the prickly ordinal as an almost imperceptible sting which last for a second. For those with zero pain tolerance, the doctor may numb the treated area with an ice pack or ornamental cream before administering the jabs. Slight bruises and swilling are rare occurrences that typically resolve within a day.
The "miracle drug" is not a permanent fix and wears off in approximately four to six months. Those with prominent muscle bulges will likely to see a return of muscle activity sooner than others. A fresh Botox injection is then required to maintain the sculpted jaw line. Your doctor may either perform the injections in a specific protocol; with the second injection scheduled a month after the first and the third to arrive six months later, or may repeat the procedure twice a year.
Is Botox For You?
The decisive criterion for determining if you are a fit candidate for the procedure is the size of your masseter muscle. Try to clench down your molar teeth and run your fingers on the outer angle of your jaw – a strong masseter muscle will result in an enlarged bulk and feet almost rock-hard.
Botox is ineffective on fat tissue and significant bone structure. To deal with excessive facial fats or a large jawbone, lipodissolve or mandible angle reduction surgery will be a more appropriate and desirable solution for you.