A bulky jaw and lower face is not a desirable feature for any woman. It is usually due to an excessive build-up of the jaw muscles (the masseter) which is caused by tension, age and stress.
Botox (often called muscle relaxing or wrinkle relaxing injections) is injected into the muscles around the sides of the face. These muscles then relax which produces an often dramatic slimming effect.
Face Slimming: Am I suitable?
This procedure is requested mainly from women to feminise a ‘square jaw’. An experienced and qualified practitioner will be able to determine if you would benefit from Botox injections to slim the face or whether the issue is related to the jawbone or an excess of fat rather than the muscle formation.
Face Slimming: What do I have to do to prepare?
Doing your research is probably your most important preparation for this procedure. Botox is a prescription drug so can only be administered by a medically qualified practitioner (this can be a cosmetic surgeon, cosmetic doctor, cosmetic dentists, dermatologist or an independent nurse prescriber).
Face Slimming: What’s the treatment like?
This is a very simple procedure that takes about ten minutes to perform. The treatment area is prepared with antiseptic wipe and then tiny amounts of Botox will be injected into several points. This is a relatively painless procedure so no topical local anaesthetic is necessary.
Face Slimming: What about after?
Another benefit is that it relieves tension in the jaw which is often the cause of headaches and pain in the lower jaw area. There may be some aching after the treatment and your jaw muscles may tire more easily. The full effects can take up to a month to develop and these results aren’t permanent. The treatment has to be repeated, possibly every nine months.
Face Slimming: Are there any risks or side effects?
It is possible to have a small amount of bleeding, swelling or bruising at the injection site but this should be temporary.
Face Slimming: What will it cost me?
It depends on how much product is used but Botox treatments can vary from £150 to £300.