Facial Slimming FAQs
How do you slim faces?
Anti-wrinkle treatments are not a weight-loss solution, and don’t affect any of the fat that is located in the face. What anti-wrinkle treatments can do, however, is force the thick facial muscles that are layered underneath the fat to relax and create an altogether slimmer look for the face. Combined with other treatments, this can be part of a very effective plan for a slimmer appearance.
Is BOTOX® approved for facial slimming?
Facial Slimming treatments are not different from the approved use of BOTOX®. All BOTOX® injections for wrinkling will cause the muscles just under the targeted wrinkles to relax a little. The only difference with this treatment is that the injections are targeting certain areas specifically instead of incidentally. As with all off-label uses for BOTOX®, make sure you choose a reputable clinic with accredited staff that you can trust. You can learn more about ours, here.
What are the masseter muscles?
The masseter muscles are the group of facial muscles that are most often targeted with facial slimming treatments. The muscles are located on either side of the jaw, and are involved heavily in chewing food. Depending on diet, genetics and other factors, the masseter muscles can grow very large relative to the rest of the face, creating a muscular and boxy appearance.
Some men appreciate this look, but many women are instead frustrated by it. When the muscles are forced into a relaxed stage for a period of time using anti-wrinkle injections, they shrink back to a leaner size.
How many treatments does it take to see results?
Our plans are developed for the best results, so each patient’s treatment schedule may be a little different. With facial slimming, the most important thing is creating an even look because the masseter muscles are separate and located on either side of the face. Your plan may require only one treatment, with checkups to see if anything needs to be tweaked. A couple treatments may be recommended in certain cases.
How long will the results last?
The results are not permanent, but how long they last will depend on your treatment plan and genetics. The masseter muscles will be unable to get as much exercise as they normally do for several weeks, and that will cause them to shrink to a leaner size. Once the anti-wrinkle injections have worn off, the muscles will remain leaner until they grow back to their normal size through exercise.
You can protect your results for a longer amount of time by avoiding activities that exert your masseter muscles. Avoid chewing gum and tough foods and seek treatment if you have trouble with grinding your teeth. All of these factors can contribute to the original growth and then regrowth of facial muscles.
How long does it take to recover from the treatment?
The treatment consists only of a few targeted injections. There are no recovery steps for most patients, and most go about their day as normal as soon as the treatment is over. Minor bruising and swelling may sometimes appear around the injection areas, but even this is rare.
Will the treatment change the way I can eat or speak?
Not in most cases. Some patients report a “softer” feeling when they bite down, and some people have reported feeling strained after chewing for long periods of time shortly after the treatment. For those few who experience any side effects, they appear to wear off a couple weeks later.
How do you keep the results even?
Even results are definitely a concern, and many people who have not chosen reputable clinics that know how to slim a face have reported uneven results. Skin Technique avoids this risk with a careful consultation period that includes exact measurements and examinations before the treatment plan is even started. Our highly experienced doctors have performed thousands of anti-wrinkle treatments and we are confident you will be very happy with your results.
How do I begin face slimming?
Are you ready talk about face slimming? You can start by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Pavlou to learn more about this treatment and how the results can work for you. Dr. Pavlou has been working with anti-wrinkle injections for over ten years, and knows how to help you achieve your goals.