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Facial slimming & bruxism

Botox is used to reduces the width of the jawline. Botox can be injected into the ‘chewing’ muscles of the jaw (called the masseter muscle) to reduce its size. In some ethnicities (particularly oriental ladies), patients have a tendency to develop overly square masculine facial features. Botox injections can reduce the overall size of the masseter muscle, allowing for improved facial proportions.

Injecting botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle can even help with grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw also known as bruxism.

The muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected at all by Botox®.

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Botox FAQs

How do I prepare for a Botox treatment?
  • Do not take any medication such as painkiller that could thin your blood at least 48 to 72 hours before your treatment.

  • Avoid take herbal supplements at least 48 hours before your appointment. This includes products like ginseng, Vitamin E and other vitamin supplements.

  • Abstain from drinking alcohol for at least 48 to 72 hours before your treatment. The blood-thinning effects of alcohol may increase the risk of bruising.

  • Do not exercise the day of your appointment.

What steps should I follow after Botox?
  • Keep your head upright as much as possible and do not touch the area for 6 hours after the treatment.

  • Do not engage in any strenuous exercise straight after the treatment (24 hours recommend)

  • Avoid exposure to heat (hot baths, showers) for 24 hours as this will cause the product to move towards unwanted muscles.

  • Do not do massage.

  • Do not apply to make up for a minimum of 8 hours. This can risk infection in the injected area.

  • Avoid any gardening or hoovering or any activity where you head will be down for 24-48 hours.

  • Avoid activities with high pressure such as driving or flying for 72 hours.

  • Avoid any form of facial treatment or massage to avoid the product spreading to adjacent muscles where it might cause the eyelid to droop.

  • No facials, eyebrow shape or laser treatment on face for 2 weeks.

What are the risks and possible complications of Botox?
  • The anti-wrinkle treatment has no permanent side effects. There may be a temporary swelling and sometimes slight bruising after the injections. These effects usually disappear within 4-5 hours.

  • Some patients may have a temporary headache that usually subsides within the first 24 hours and can be treated with painkillers.

  • Slight asymmetries may sometimes be seen in the first week of the treatment. This can be corrected by top up if necessary.

  • A droopy eyelid (ptosis) and eyebrow, double vision (diplopia) are seen in 1-2% of patients having anti-wrinkle treatment. This is temporary and lasts for 2-4 weeks and is usually mild. It can be treated with special eye drops.

All our facial aesthetic treatments are carried out by our lead Dentist, Dr Giso.

 

As a well trained dentist with years of experience you are in the best of hands. Dr Giso has in-depth knowledge of the facial structures and will discuss with you at length the best possible treatment for you that will suit you and help you address any concerns you have.

Speak to use today if you would like more information and to book an appointment.

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