March 6, 2014 | 8 comments so far - join the discussion!
I know some of you are really “against” surgery, some of you are “against” injections, and some of you have no problems at all, so just as a disclaimer, these are just my thoughts, my experiences and what you think, and what you experience may differ.
A few years ago, I had my first “jaw reduction” procedure at The Laser Lounge. I’ve always wanted a smaller face because I have a really square jaw and when I went in for a consultation, I was told that anti-aging injections can help to reduce the size of my jaw muscles which can change the look of a ‘wide/square’ face without going under the knife.
Obviously, this meant, LESS RISK and temporary results. But that’s okay, because I wasn’t up for too much risk and cutting my skin to shave the my jaw bones.
I know I didn’t really blog about the “results” in on my blog previously when I had talked about my jaw reduction procedure, but that’s because it’s honestly really hard to show – as it is the Botox (or equivalent) treatment only shows over time.
Okay, so I did abit of research because I didn’t want to give you guys the wrong information (and once again, I’m no doctor, so please just take my words as OPINIONS and not facts).
This ‘non-surgical jaw reduction’ procedure basically helps to reduce the size of your masseters. MASSETERS are two muscles on the side of your jaw that help you to chew. There are two other muscle groups which assist you to chew too – namely the temporalis muscles and pterygoid muscles. So, NO, it does not mean you will not be able to chew if you get this procedure.
For me, my masseters were quite big because I always grind my teeth at night or even, from stress. If your masseters are also big, it can be due to other reasons. Masseters are essentially just muscles right, so it’s very similar to going to the gym – if you work on that particular muscle constantly, it will grow bigger and stronger. By injecting an ‘anti-wrinkle’ product, you can RELAX these muscles and by not using these muscles as frequent, it can result to shrinking the jawline – hence creating a “V” line.
That is basically how it works – IN VERY SIMPLE TERMS. Please speak to your doctor/nurse about this procedure before committing to any sort of treatment.
2 weeks ago, I visited The Laser Lounge to get anti-wrinkle injections on my jaw muscles again and chin fillers. My Cosmetic Nurse recommended these procedures to me for the V line look I was trying to achieve. Please note: This is the look I WANTED, it may not necessary be what YOU think looks good.
Pictures taken BEFORE my first treatment:
I’m aware that one side of my jaw is a little bigger than the other side, but everyones face has flaws. One eyebrow can be higher than the other, one eye can be bigger than the other, one nostril can be smaller, one foot can be smaller, so it is not necessary to tell me I’m not perfect. I’m AWARE OF THIS.
My Medical Aesthetic and Cosmetic Nurse Injector is Susan. She’s amazing at what she does. She listens to what you want and explains the procedure step by step in simple layman terms. JUST WHAT I NEED!!! Not to mention, she’s beautiful too!!!
She had a quick consultation with me in my first meeting with her and then proceeded to mark where she would place my fillers. I got my nose fillers too but I’ll cover that in another blog post. TOO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!!! But you will see some markings on my nose in this post.
Does it hurt?
Pretty sure this is the question I get asked THE MOST. Well, I think it really depends on YOUR OWN pain threshold, but for me, the pain was bearable. Some areas were much more painful than others. I think like most injections, the first stab hurts the most. If you are scared of needles, you can always close your eyes, or request for numbing cream/ice.
How long does it last?
Well, again, it can vary from person to person. It also depends on the product you use! For me, I was told that my treatment could last me from 6-12 months. If you have had the treatment before, results can last longer than your last treatment.
The results are still not the most prominent but I’m so happy with it I think you should all see how my face has changed in JUST TWO WEEKS!!!!
These photos are taken on my phone and NO LIQUIDIFYING or image-editting (apart from adjusting the colours/brightness) were made to these photos.
This photo was taken a few days after treatment. You can see that my chin has definitely elongated creating a longer face and smaller jaw. You can sort of see the “V line” in this photo. I also do have a small bruise on my chin from the injection hitting one of my blood vessels. This is a common issue and not life-threatening. Bruising goes away in a few days to a week.
This is exactly 2 weeks later (also no editting) and you can see that my jaw muscles has definitely shrank. Compare it with the first side photo. My chin fillers were swollen in the first week so it may appear a little longer than in this next photo. But my jaws have definitely shrank after 2 weeks.
Obviously results will differ from person to person. Sometimes you will see results within 2 weeks and sometimes it may take 8 weeks til you see any difference!!
This below photo was taken like, after 2 weeks and 2 days. Maybe it’s the angle of the photo but I’m really seeing a major difference!!
For those who have done some research on the above procedures and would like to know more about them, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or better yet, have a consultation with The Laser Lounge!!! The anti-wrinkle product I was treated with is Dysport, whereas the last time I was treated with Botox. Honestly, they work exactly the same under a different brand. Some may find one more effective, but it’s really trial and error.
The Laser Lounge has offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and specialises in Laser Hair Removal, IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Stubborn Fat and Cellulite Reduction, Skin Corrective Treatments and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Enhancements. I have done two videos with them which you can see on my youtube channel here and here.
The Laser Lounge – Sydney CBD
12B Westpac Place,
275 Kent Street