To combat the sings of ageing and a widening jaw Botulinum Toxin type A injections can be used to create a softer, more heart-shaped face and a more slimline appearance
A wide jaw in women can be seen as a masculine or unattractive trait, manifesting as a large, square lower jaw. This condition is caused by mandible bone, masseter muscle, or a mixture of the two. The most obvious cause is a large jaw bone which is usually congenital, but can develop through conditions such as acromegaly, which usually affects the middle adult.
The masseter muscle is one of four muscles that affects the opening and closing of the mouth, and runs from the back of the jaw to in front of the ear on both sides of the face. The mandible is the lower jaw bone, connected to the masseter muscle, which functions mainly to pull the jaw up to close the mouth.
*Patients experiences will vary dependent on age, lifestyle and medical history
This treatment can take from 15 – 30 minutes minutes and can last for up to 4 months as we use wrinkle-relaxing injections and recommend top-ups to maintain the look. The procedure lasts for 15-30 minutes plus any time to discuss what you are hoping to achieve during the non-surgical treatment. At Hunar Clinic we always mark the face prior to treatment to ensure that we correctly administer the product into the areas agreed during the consultation.
Dr Mittal injects Botulinum Toxin type A into the jawline, which relaxes the muscles in this area including the masseter muscle. The muscle will often decrease in size when you stop using it, which is what happens to the masseter muscle resulting in a slimmer jawline and more oval appearance of the face.
In most cases the treatment can help the patient stop the subconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth which also helps reduce the muscle size.
The patient can return to work straight after the procedure but may experience temporary soreness, redness and bruising as well as a dull irritation when chewing for the first few days after the treatment. These symptoms should disappear within a week
Immediately following the treatment the patient might experience some soreness, redness and bruising, but these will pass.
Dr Prerna Mittal recommends that the patient avoids:
- massaging the area treated including the actual masseter muscle
- lie down for four hours after the procedure
- strenuous exercise for at least six hours
It can take up to a week for the initial results to be seen and anywhere up to six weeks to see the full improvement. The treatment is temporary and tends to last up to eight months before a top up treatment is required.
Any bruising, swelling or redness should disappear in a week or ten days and you should not have any problems with chewing and eating after this procedure.
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