Botox has a very long list of benefits. The most prominent ones are, smoothening out of fine lines and wrinkles and treating certain medical conditions. But do you know that it can help slim down your face? Yes, it does, minus all the makeup and gym. In this article, we will share every detail about Botox to achieve a slimmer-looking face and is it right for you or not.
For those of you who view it as a magical substance, let me try to explain it to you in the simplest way possible. Botox Cosmetic is a popular type of injectable neurotoxin that uses botulinum toxin type A to temporarily paralyze muscles. It is used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines (11 lines between your eyebrows, crow’s feet around your eyes, and horizontal forehead lines). Botox is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis and chronic migraine. And today we are going to discuss the most amazing benefit: it can help slim down and define your face.
In addition to smoothing wrinkles, Botox can be used to slim and contour the face. The slimmer face can be achieved by targeting the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw. As a result, your face will have a square shape. This procedure is also referred to as masseter reduction. The masseters are the set of muscles that are responsible for chewing. If you grind your teeth, these muscles can become bigger.
Injecting Botox into these muscles will minimize their activity and have a dramatic impact on facial contour. At the moment, it is not approved by FDA for the lower face but the research shows it is surely safe and effective. If you don’t like how your face looks and wish to add more definition to your facial structure without undergoing the knife, Botox is certainly an amazing option.
The procedure is actually quite simple. You can get it done during your lunch break and walk back to your workspace with a defined face. Doesn’t it sound amazing? I bet it does. Your service provider will do a brief visual assessment of the treatment site. Then, he/she will palpate the area to isolate muscles and then offer a series of two to three injections on each side of the jaw. In some cases, the service provider will ask you to take certain tests to ensure you are not allergic to Botox. The complete procedure only takes a couple of minutes and the pain level is very low. Most patients experience little to no discomfort. If you have low pain tolerance, a numbing cream is a great option.
Recovery time is very minimal but you need to avoid doing the following immediately post the procedure: touching/rubbing the injected site excessively, lying down, leaning over, exercising, taking blood-thinning medication and alcohol. Resist the urge to scratch or massage the treatment site. Some patients can feel a bit of itching but control the temptation
Botox will start to work its magic within 2 to 5 days and you will slowly start to see the results in a couple of weeks. It is important to note that the treatment will start to wear off in about 3 to 4 months’ time frame and you’ll need to get Botox multiple times a year to maintain the results.
While Botox for face slimming is a low-risk procedure, there are potential side effects involved. If you choose the right service provider and stick to all the pre and post-treatment instructions, you can greatly minimize the risk. The possible effects include:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call or make a trip to your doctor immediately: facial swelling, pain, fever, shortness of breath, and signs of allergic reaction. Although these reactions are very uncommon, they can occur. Whenever they do, it is important to get help asap.
It is crucial to find a qualified healthcare provider to perform the procedure. The service provider can make or break the results of the procedure. Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or a dermatologist as they are the true experts of facial anatomy. To start your journey, you can start your research online. Look at different websites and social media platforms and see the service providers in your area. Make sure to pay close attention to their experience and expertise. Look at the before and after pictures provided on the website and then book a consultation.
Botox is a great way to achieve a slimmer, more defined face. It is definitely a low-risk procedure and the results are almost instantly visible. The only downside is that the results last only for four to five months and you will have to get the treatment redone to maintain the results. With that being said, the procedure isn’t as expensive as some of the more invasive face-defining options, so it might just be worth it. Please make sure to choose the right service provider and stick to all the instructions so you don’t have to deal with any side effects.
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