Can Botox Be Used for Face Slimming?
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4 Tips to Get Best Results for Botox Facial Sculpting
Botox can be used to sculpt facial shape. Botox can be used reduce the bulk of the masster muscle, thus slimming or narrowing the outer jaw dimension. However, in those individuals with moderate jowls or thick neck, it is prudent not to inject botox in the masseter as shruken jaw will accentuate the saggy jowl or thickened neck appearance.
As such, the best ways use to botox to sculpt the face, in my experience, are the following:
1. Careful aesthetic analysis of the face, noting presence of moderage jowling or thickened neck. If they are present, it is bes to treat the thickened neck instead with botox, rather than injecting the jaw instead.
2. injecting primiarly the lower one third of the masseter. Injecting high up on the masseter often creates a hollow appearance below the zygomatic arch, making the face look gaunt and sunken.
3. confirming the jaw dimension is due to the muscle, not fatty or bone hypertrophy. Excess fat requires liposuction, whereas large bone requires reduction to get best results.
4. Volume sculpting of other parts of the face. Chin or apple cheek augmentation with fillers, when done appropriately, will often create a slender, more slimming looking face, in conjunction with botox as well.
Botox and face slimming
Botox can be used on hypertrophic masseter muscle to eventually cause facial slimming if the muscle is truly hypertrophic.
Botox for face slimming
Botox can be used in the lower face for patients with a hypertrophic (thickened) masseter muscle. This is muscle that is used to clenc the jaw. By relaxing the masseter muscle in the appropriate patient, a prominent lower face/ jawline can be slimmed. Botox will not help a full face caused by increased fat in the cheeks.
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Botox for face slimming
Botox for facial slimming
In women who have the appearance of a wide, masculine jawline due to increased masseter muscle bulk, Botox can be used to thin out the muscle. This application of Botox is most common among Asians. As this is a less common application of Botox, it is important to find a knowledgeable, experienced injector.
Botox for face slimming requires special expertise
Botox can be used in a specific way to make the lower portion of the face narrower, by reducing the size of the masseter muscle. That is the muscle you can feel just above back half of the jaw when you clench your teeth. It is commonly done in Asia but less common in other regions, so you want to find an injector with specific experience. The dose is more than typically used for facial wrinbkles so it will cost a bit more.
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