What is this?
Many people with a strong jawline would like to make their face look slimmer but do not want to undergo surgery.
Jawline contouring uses muscle relaxers to make the jaw look more narrow.
How does this work?
By using a wrinkle relaxer the jaw muscle Masseter becomes weaker. After the muscle becomes weaker its size will also become smaller over time. Compare it to going to the gym – the more you use a muscle the stronger (and bigger) it will become. Stop the training and your muscles will shrink right down again!
The Masseter muscle is the strongest muscle in the body for its size so it has great capacity to reshape the face once it is less active.
Will this treatment work for me?
A great way to check if your Masseter muscle is very strong and would respond well to this type of treatment is to feel right at the back of your jaw, the part just below your cheeks and infront of your earlobe, and bite together hard. If you can feel a very strong bulge then you will have great results. If you bite together hard whilst just looking at that same area and you can see a bulge, then the treatment will work even better on you!
Is it the same treatment you use to stop me grinding my teeth at night?
Yes, this is exactly the same treatment for both concerns.
How long does it last?
The average treatment result lasts approximately 4-6 months from the date of treatment. There are however no guarantees for the longevity of the product as different people metabolise it at a different rate.
How much product will I need?
This relates to the size of the muscle, if you have previously had a treatment and how quickly you tend to metabolise the product. Because the muscle is a “mechanical muscle” rather than a “muscle of facial expression”, slightly higher doses are needed to treat the Masseter muscle. This does also tend to reflect in a slightly longer lasting result than for other areas.
What if it doesn’t work?
If your muscle turns out to be stronger than expected, it is very simple to repeat the procedure with a higher dosage of product for increased effect. Just remember that you can always put more in, but you can’t take it out, so it is better to start with a slightly more conservative treatment.
Does it work straight away?
You will find that the muscle weakens at the same rate as the “muscles of facial expression”, being approximately 1-2 weeks. The slimming effect does however take up to 4-6 weeks to notice. This is because once the muscle is weakened, it takes some time for the fibres to shrink and for the bulkiness to decrease.
What are the possible side effects specific to this treatment?
Localised side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising. Starting with too high a dosage may weaken the muscle to a point where chewing can become difficult. In rare cases, as the muscle becomes weaker and it loses its tone, a slight bulging of the muscle can occur which is temporary and can be treated with a slightly higher dose of product.
Please note that this is not a complete list of general side effects related to wrinkle treatment injections, but those related specific to this area being treated. For a more complete list of side effects, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
What happens if I don’t do it again?
If you have only had the treatment once and never want to do it again, it will rebuild its strength and bulk over approximately 6 months to return back to how it was before the treatment – generally no better and no worse.
If you have had the treatment for longer periods of time, you may gain a longer term benefit and the muscle may not become as strong as it once was. This will however vary from person to person.