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Jaw Slimming

Jaw Slimming

Some people clench or grind their teeth without realising and this is medically termed bruxism. This may occur during sleep, while concentrating or when stressed. Although this may not have any consequence some people get bulking of the chewing muscle (masseter muscle) as a result giving their lower jaw a bulky appearance and affecting the shape of their face.

The jaw slimming procedure uses small injections of a protein as a very quick treatment to relax the masseter muscle in the jaw. By antagonising the effect of this muscle some people can benefit from relief from headaches, earaches, and facial pain. It also has the added benefit of reducing the mass of the muscle making the lower face appear slimmer with a more aesthetically pleasing jawline.

If you suffer from this condition, please make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your concerns, assess suitability and consider treatment options.

At a Glance

BACK TO NORMALUsually immediately
DURATION OF RESULTS6 months maybe longer
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONSBruising, infection, allergic reaction
PRECAUTIONS POST PROCEDUREAvoid for 24 hrs: exercise/alcohol/facials/ sauna/make up/rubbing injected area
Disclaimer: Each person is unique so there will always be variation in individual response to treatment, recovery, and downtime following treatment. Please bear in mind that the above are estimates. Please book an appointment with Dr Tash for your tailor-made treatment plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What products are used?
The product we use is Botulinum toxin, a protein derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. When this protein is injected into a muscle, it blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscle. This will immobilise that muscle. Over a period of 6 months, the nerves make new connections with the muscle and movements and symptoms return.
What to expect in this type of consultation?
This has to be a face-to-face consultation with the doctor who will be prescribing the medication. They will go through your medical history, medications you take, any allergies you may have and any previous treatments you have had. They will go through the details of the procedure, the benefits and risks as well.
How painful is the treatment?
The needles we use are very small and the discomfort is minimal.
What are the immediate effects of the injection?
Straight after the injection, you will notice slight bumps at the injection sites but these settle within half an hour. We recommended you do not lie down for 4 hours after the procedure to avoid the product moving out of the intended muscle. Some people develop a headache, facial pain, itching and tenderness at injection sites, rash, fatigue and even flu-like illness after the treatment. There is a risk related to having a needle piercing the skin which includes infection and bleeding but these are minimised by carrying out the treatment in a clean environment and cleaning the skin prior to the procedure. It is very rare to have an anaphylactic reaction to botulinum toxin but we always have an EpiPen available in the very unlikely event of an emergency.
Are there any circumstances when you might have to contact emergency services?
If you experience any of the following please contact the doctor immediately, or call 999.

  • If you develop difficulty swallowing, speech or breathing difficulty.
  • If you develop a severe allergic reaction.
Will there be any restrictions on my activities after the treatment?
Depending on how easily you bruise you might experience some bruising that will settle after a few days. You should avoid alcohol and excessive exercise for at least 24 hours after the treatment as this will increase blood flow to the area and dilute the medication making the treatment less effective. You must also avoid facials and makeup to avoid the risk of infection. Your aftercare will be discussed in more detail at the face-to-face consultation.
How soon after treatment do the effects show?
The effects are never visible immediately. It takes about 4-5 days to start seeing some effects but usually the full effect will be appreciated 2-4 weeks after the procedure at which time most practitioners advice a face-to-face review.
What are the possible complications of this treatment?
Any complications will be due to the placement of the product in the wrong muscle but Dr Tash usually marks the area to be treated before injecting. You will always have Dr Tash’s personal number to contact at any time for reassurance.
Can men and women have the same treatment?
Yes, the injections are exactly the same.
Are there any circumstances when you might not be able to have this treatment?
The drug is licenced for ages 18 to 65. You cannot have it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you suffer from some neuromuscular disorders and that is why medical history is very important.
How long do the effects last after one treatment?
The results of your treatment can last for up to 6 months depending on your individual metabolism, lifestyle, smoking and sun exposure. Sometimes it can last longer if a second treatment is given within 4 months.
How safe are they?
Botulinum toxin has been safely used to treat medical conditions like bladder problems, migraines, and excessive underarm sweating for many years. The results vary between individuals and repeated treatments are necessary to maintain the effects.

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