Thinning the face!
Botox for masseter muscle in Asian patients
Thinning the face is a common request from Asian patients in particular. Asian patients with a round face want to have a more chiselled and thinner appearance to the face. If the roundness is caused by a prominent masseter muscle (the muscle which is used to clench the teeth) then the face can be easily thinned using Botox to diminish the size of the masseter muscle.
Sometimes the masseter muscle is over developed because of bruxism (clenching or grinding the teeth) and Botox can be used to weaken the muscle to lessen the bruxism.
Botox and Dysport are Prescription Medicines containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to a doctor. A charge applies. Note: Botox and Dysport treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Arrange a consultation to discuss your own situation.
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