November 4, 2011 | 36 comments so far - join the discussion!
I probably would have never imagined doing something so crazy before but I took the plunge and went for a consultation with Dr. Rahbar at the Laser Lounge and realised what an easy procedure it is.
Now… let’s see… botox. That’s such a mis-used word.. such that when you say that to anyone, they automatically assume you are in your 40s and require some sort of lifting of your face. Let me explain. Find a comfortable seat and a comfortable position.. because this may take a while.
Ok, “Botox” is a neurotoxic protein – it actually stands for botulinum toxin. Botox is only a “brand” of this neurotoxic protein.. so essentially, you can replace “botox” for other similar injectibles. This is something to beware of when you do purchase “Anti-Wrinkle injections” from group deal websites such as Spreets and Scoopon. Do your research!
Although Botox is commonly used as an “Anti-Wrinkle” agent, it can also be used for Non-Cosmetic procedures.. such as excessive sweating and teeth grinding!
The procedure I took is to reduce the size of my massetter (my jaw muscles). Your jaw muscles can be larger from genetics, excessive chewing or even grinding your teeth!! I have a really bad habit of grinding my teeth when I sleep and when I’m stressed, so I think this was one of the main issues for me.
Botox is injected into the “enlarged” massetter muscle to weaken it so that it can gradually become smaller over several months. This procedure can be a good alternative to plastic surgery but not everyone is a good candidate. The reason I say this is because if you naturally have a square jaw – rather than enlarged jaw muscles, the only solution would be to reduce the size of your bone, not your muscle (obviously).
The best way to see if you are a good candidate or not is if you actually go for a consultation to ask your Doctor, or clench your teeth together to feel your jaw muscles.
In terms of units, typically for this type of procedure, I started off with the smallest amount – I think Dr.Rahbar mentioned that its 25ml on each side – which was equivalent to 5 injectibles on each jaw. If you have any further questions on units/prices, you can email Dr.Rahbar here. The more units you have, the more costly the procedure is. I believe some doctors charge you by units, whereas some others will charge you based on what you want to do because if you “purchase” more units, they are give you a “bulk” price.
What I did & Why?
At the initial consultation, I mentioned to Dr.Rahbar that all I wanted was to reduce the size of my face. He analysed my face shape and features and told me that to reduce the square appearance he would recommend some botox on my jaw muscles and my chin. If you look back up and see my “Before” picture, you will see that my jaw muscles were very apparent and my chin looked as if it had a “lump” (what Dr.Rahbar called a “fat pad”). He basically said that if I were to insert a miminal dosage on the jaw muscles and chin, I could create more of a “V” face to my face. I agreed.
Obviously, the decision wasn’t rushed. It took me about 2 months before I actually had the procedure done.
How much is it?
Although this procedure was kindly sponsored by The Laser Lounge, the procedure itself would typically cost AU$650 for the Jaw Botox and AU$90 for the Chin Botox.
How long do results last?
Dependent on every individual and the areas being treated, results typically last for 6-12 months.
Did it hurt?
I would say it really depends on your pain tolerant level. I can tolerate injection pain and I occasionally donate blood with Australian Red Cross.. so.. it didn’t hurt much for me. Areas that were more sensitive for me were the chin area, and areas closer to my cheekbone. You can see the whole procedure in the video to see where I really felt the pain the most.
Pictures from the procedure
Waiting whilst Dr.Rahbar washed his hands to prep for the procedure
Anti-bacteria wipes and makeup remover to begin the treatment
Ice pack to prevent swelling and to numb the area
White outline to guide the treatment area
After the treatment. No redness or swelling at all!!!
As you can see, the treatment was really a “lunch break” treatment. There was absolutely no swelling nor redness. I couldn’t drink alcohol or lie down for 4 hours after the treatment.. and that was all!
The treatment literally took about 5 mins, and you can see from the video below. It is freaking amazing!!!
Thank god I found such an amazing cosmetic physcian.. otherwise I would have never wanted to get this treatment done. I will be reporting back within the next few weeks with results, but for now, I can already see results!!!! See my more recent pictures for reference!!!
Results are supposed to be gradually.. and it should be visible in about 6 weeks time. I’m at 4 weeks right now.. so I’m excited to see what will happen within the next 2 weeks.
Dr. Rahbar (pictured above) was kind enough to let me provide you with his email so that he can answer any of your questions about botox or any other cosmetic treatment for your convenience!!!!
If you have any further questions about the treatment or you’d like to ask me another questions, you can leave a comment below or email Dr. Rahbar or myself.
Don’t forget to check out the video first before you ask any questions though, because watching the treatment it in “real time” and on footage can possibly answer most of your questions!!!
Watch the video