Botox Jaw Slimming
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If you’re one of the millions of people who grind and clench their teeth an injection of Botox might be the answer. The condition, called Bruxism and can lead to headaches and jaw problems not o mention damaged teeth. However, the researchers reported that shots of Botox into the chewing muscles in the cheek can block the signals that tell these muscles to contract, relieving the grinding and clenching. Night time and daytime bruxism is a very common condition that can cause headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome and dental problems that can lead to disability and adversely impact quality of life.
Although the cause of bruxism is still not well understood, it’s thought to be due to abnormal signals coming from the brain that cause involuntary and forceful contractions of the jaw muscles. Those contractions result in clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth.
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How it works
In addition to smoothing relieving the symptoms of headaches and enamel damage to the teeth, Botox injected into the jaw can be used to slim and contour the face. The practitioner can achieve this by targeting the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw. These muscles can give the face a square shape. This procedure is referred to as masseter reduction.
How Bruxism can affect the jawline
70% of grinding and clenching happens at night when we sleep, but it can also happen while we are concentrating (for example driving, reading, or watching TV) or under stress. This causes a hypertrophic growth of the muscles attached to the jaw, called the masseters, and therefore a wider square-looking face.
In addition to the aesthetic reasons behind treating the masseter muscles, many people with bruxism also suffer from pain and discomfort which has previously only been treated with special splints and physiotherapy.
Jawline Slimming Treatments
Harley Street Injectables has both trained doctors and nurses who are GMC and NMC registered with in-depth knowledge of how the facial muscles work. Here at Harley Street Injectables we offer an initial consultation to examine your case and discuss a variety of treatment options.
Traditional treatments include anti-bruxism devices and medications, whereas recently neurotoxins such as Botulinum Toxin have been proven very helpful to provide relief from bruxism symptoms, including a square jawline.
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Botulinum for bruxism treatment
Conventional treatments such as mouth guards can help bruxism sufferers successfully protect their teeth from damage at night, however, they do not address the source of the problem, the
tension or the appearance of an enlarged jawline. Recently, a new procedure with the injectable neurotoxin Botulinum Type A, has proven to be an innovative treatment option for targeting and treating excessive muscle activity and spasticity.
Botulinum toxin can soften the appearance of the jawline, leading to dramatic changes in face shape after regular treatment. A slimmer jawline also results in more prominent cheekbones and
chin, which are especially important for women, who typically want high cheekbones and a clean jawline. Chin sculpting with filler can also enhance the jaw angle, which is why this treatment is often done in combination with the jawline slimming procedure.
How does the procedure work
Small doses of botulinum toxin are injected directly into the masseter muscles on each side of the face and spread out at multiple points within the muscles. This helps the muscles relax, reducing the grinding and the masseters hypertrophy. Most patients report thinning of the face and jaw as a result of treatment with botulinum toxin, while voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected by the procedure. The procedure is highly effective, with minimal or no pain and absolutely no downtime at all. Face slimming and jaw reduction effect is seen at any time between 2 to 8 weeks.
The jawline slimming treatment can transform your face completely. In fact, people can go from having a square and masculine jaw, to a narrow and oval face in a matter of weeks Depending on the treatment recommended, you could start to see the results within three weeks. Results typically lasts for three to four months. Sometimes a repeat treatment is needed 4-8 weeks later to ensure the best results, with a follow up six months after that. The results generally improve significantly over the first year of treatment. Finally, as the muscles relax and atrophy over time, less botulinum will be needed and there will be with longer periods between treatments.
Side effects and contraindications
Using botulinum toxin to relax the masseter muscles is a safe and effective way for treating both the neurogenic and muscular components of bruxism with little downtime and minimal side effects. The injections are slightly prickly or stingy and take about 5 minutes to complete, after which you can return to your normal activities. Side effects relating to the spread of botulinum toxin far away from the injection site have been reported very rarely.
Frequentley asked Questions
Anesthesia is not required and most patients experience only minimal and brief discomfort. Your provider may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting.
There is the chance that Botox cause asymmetry in your smile if it spreads into a muscle it should not be in. This is why it is so important to see a medical professional who is experienced in the anatomy of facial muscles.
You should start to see a visible improvement in the treated areas within a week. The area may continue to improve for to 6 weeks.
When administered properly, the effects of your Botox Cosmetic treatment can last up to 6 months.
After treatment with Botox for bruxism you may notice slimming of the lower face which is what most people aim to achieve who have hypertrophic masseter muscles.
Why Harley Street injectables
• Our highly trained and certified London Doctors and nurses perform over 5000+ Botox treatments annually.
• We tailor the injection approach to suit your aesthetic goals.
• Our London nurses and Doctors use the latest techniques such as the brow lift method, and continually stay up to date with current trends.
• We have a thorough understanding of the muscle anatomy to avoid unforeseen sided effects.
• The products we use are of the highest quality and are genuine Allergan.