To achieve a nice V-Shaped Face, Dr Edwin recommends these 2 procedures.
Influenced by Korean pop culture and celebrities, many Asians are keen to pursue a V shape visage or a less squarish face.
As such, Neurotoxin Jaw BTX Reduction / Face Slimming has become one of the most popular Aesthetic Treatments for people interested in a more defined jaw line and slimmer face.
Due to google search restrictions, we are limited to using the word Neurotoxin / BTX. Dr Edwin prefers to use the original neurotoxin / BTX from Allergan.
The procedure is known by many other names – TMJ BTX Jaw Slimming, Neurotoxin BTX Square Face Slimming, Neurotoxin BTX V Face and Neurotoxin BTX Masseter Reduction.
TMJ stands for the Temporomandibular Joint which is the joint that connects the jawbone to the rest of the face.
Some people may use the term TMJ BTX and Jaw BTX interchangeably, however, technically, BTX is injected into the jaw muscles (masseter muscle) and not the TMJ.
For those with sore or aching TMJ, injection BTX into the masseter during the TMJ BTX or Jaw BTX treatment will help to improve their symptoms.
TMJ BTX can also help to reduce tension headache and migraines by relaxing the Jaw muscle, making it more difficult for people to grind or clench their teeth.
The reduction in teeth grinding leads to reduce pressure on the TMJ, thereby alleviating headaches and migraines caused by high levels of jaw muscle tension.
However, tension headaches may also be caused by overactive forehead and frown muscles. In such cases, patients may require additional injections of BTX into those areas.
Jaw BTX is injected into the Masseter muscle which is responsible for chewing.
By injecting BTX Neurotoxins into specific areas of the Masseter, the muscle is relaxed and weakened.
Over the course of 1 month, the muscle size is gradually reduced (through a process called disuse atrophy) leading to a slimming effect of the face.
Results are best seen in people with large Masseter muscles or those who frequently grind their teeth (Bruxism).
Icepacks are first applied to numb the area and reduce the risk of bruising.
Dr Edwin makes 3 to 4 injection points in each jaw muscle using tiny needles to inject the Jaw BTX.
Even distribution of the Jaw slimming BTX is crucial for giving good results. Discomfort from Jaw BTX injections is minimal and will feel like small ant-bites.
The BTX treatment is quick and requires less than 10 minutes. Jaw slimming will gradually occur over 2 to 4 weeks with optimal results seen after 1 month.
If more Jaw BTX is needed, an appointment for a review can be arranged with Dr Edwin where he will examine the jaw muscle and advise if additional BTX can be injected.
Jaw slimming BTX results typically last between 4 to 6 months.
Jaw Neurotoxin BTX Treatment is very safe and delivers excellent results when done by an experienced doctor.
Possible side effects include:
It is a quick procedure with minimal downtime. Patients can resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment.
Occasionally, there may be small bruises or needle marks after the treatment. The intensive recovery cream can be applied to speed up the recovery.
Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance that is injected beneath the skin.
Majority of fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a naturally occurring substance found in the body.
It has many benefits including facial augmentation, reducing facial lines and improving the volume and fullness of the face.
Dr Edwin believes that patients with a recessed chin (chin lacking in volume or projection) can benefit from a chin filler by increasing chin projection and length, achieving a fuller, more defined facial profile.
Read more about chin fillers here
At the start, Dr Edwin will discuss with you the ideal chin shape for your facial structure.
By placing fillers at key injection points, the chin can achieve forward projection and elongation, giving the appearance of a fuller, sharper jawline and chin.
Prior to each injection, a cold icepack will be applied to the skin to reduce discomfort and bruising.
Each injection will feel like a small ant bite.
Results can be seen immediately after the treatment. On rare occasions, there may be slight bruising and swelling. Dr Edwin recommends using the intensive recovery cream to hasten recovery.
Treatment duration is between 15 to 30 minutes.
Dr Edwin prefers to use Lyft or Juvederm Voluma for the chin because it gives excellent projection with minimal swelling and broadening.
HA dermal fillers often last between 9 and 18 months.
Longevity varies between brand and degree of HA cross-linkage in the filler.
There may be some bruising and swelling immediately after the procedure. Such side effects should subside within 3 to 5 days. The intensive recovery cream can be applied to speed up the recovery.
Every clinic offers different V-shaped face treatment options for facial slimming and contouring. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that neurotoxin and filler treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in offering such injectable treatments. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of V-shaped face treatments before proceeding.