Botox is a safe and effective medication that's classified as a neuromodulator; it stops the communication between nerve cells thereby causing muscles to stop moving. If you're already using Botox to relax your frown lines and crow's feet then you're very familiar with its powerful effects. Thanks to this action wrinkles become less apparent and the skin starts to look smoother and more youthful. Did you know there's another way Botox can help you look more attractive? By slimming your jawline muscles called masseters, your face can take on a slimmer and more heart-shaped appearance, which in turn can make you look more feminine.
Simply put, the masseter is a muscle just like any other in your body. With regular exercise or use it can get stronger and bigger. Some individuals naturally have a strong masseter and prominent jawline. For example, it's very common for those of Asian descent to be genetically predisposed to having a square-shaped face. Some individuals, however, can acquire a stronger masseter from chewing a lot of hard foods such as nuts, seeds and meats. Therefore, if you feel that your jaw is square or bulky, then injecting Botox into the jawline area can dramatically narrow the lower face by limiting muscle contraction and movement.
The dosing for the masseters depends on the strength of your muscles . When you come in for your appointment the nurse will ask you to clench your jawline to determine exactly how much Botox medication will be required to give you the best results possible. On average, it takes 30 units of Botox per side to adequately relax the muscles to achieve a satisfactory slimming effect. In some cases in can be less or more and each patient is different. Keep in mind that if it's your first time a follow up treatment may be required. The cost of your Botox masseter injection will depends price/unit at your clinic. Visit our Toronto or Burlington Botox website for deals and special offers.
Yes, you can absolutely have both areas treated with Botox in one visit. Just remember that the onset for face is much quicker than your jawline. The reason for this is because your masseter is one of the strongest muscles in your body. It tries to resist the effect of Botox initially but eventually the muscle will succumb and you'll see results gradually over 4-6 weeks. As mentioned previously, you may need additional Botox in the area if it's your first time to boost the original treatment.
One advantage of Botox is that the higher the dose, the longer the result. Therefore you can expect your masseter treatment to last anywhere from 6-8 months compared to 3-4 months in the facial areas. It's generally not recommended to let your Botox completely wear off before seeking maintenance sessions. Once you feel the muscle movement is returning that's the time to book another appointment.
Immediately after your masseter Botox injection you won't notice any change. Gradually over the next 4-6 weeks as the muscle action is diminished, you'll start to notice your jawline become slimmer and your face will start to take on an attractive heart-shaped appearance.