A little youthful boost to the face doesn’t have to be expensive (nor does it have to be scary). If you’re new to cosmetic dermatology (or just prefer to keep it simple), we’ve got a great solution to give your face a subtle contour that will highlight your naturally striking features. The secret? It’s Botox®.
Using Botox or Dysport for cheek slimming is a really easy, pain-free way to reshape the masseter muscles (or the jawline and lower cheeks) without having to commit to surgery.
What’s universal about cheek slimming is that it can be attractive to people of any age. For younger people it can be appealing to help reshape a 'baby face' and help to show off pronounced cheekbones. For patients who are beyond their 20s, it can help to reshape and refine the face, whose shape can change over the years because of overuse of the jaw muscles.
Believe it or not, the jaw is a highly active muscle, and the more we use a muscle, the more it builds. For people in their 30s and 40s, this can result in an almost square-like jaw appearance. A quick touch of Botox or Dysport can relax these muscles to create a slimmer appearance.
It's pretty simple, actually. The Botox or Dysport is injected into the jaw on each side. Eight weeks later a second treatment is administered — and that's it.
Of course, the jaw muscle is one we use on a daily basis so the muscle will eventually build back up, but patients will not need to maintain the Botox in the jaw as regularly as they may do for wrinkles.
The best part? It’s cost-effective. It provides significant results without changing what you look like or committing to a hefty price tag. It's a simple enhancement of the features you already have.
That's the other great thing — there is no recovery time. While the results are long-lasting, patients take comfort in the fact that the procedure is not permanent. It's nothing like surgery and there is no downtime, nor bruising. It's just like Botox or Dysport in the face for fine lines and wrinkles.
Of course you can always take it one step further for an even bigger boost. For this, I recommend talking to Dr. Khorasani about a buccal fat pad removal procedure.
This is a treatment that is performed both on younger and older patients. Removing the buccal fat pad, which is a little pouch of fat inside your check, is a quick, easy, scar-free way to add a beautiful contour to the face and enhance the cheekbones, regardless of age.
It's incredible how such a quick and easy procedure can yield such dramatic results. From the cheek pad, the small fat pouch between your mandible and upper cheek bone is removed. It requires simply local anesthesia, a tiny incision in the mouth, and a couple of absorbable sutures at the end. This is a one-time procedure, as well, which patients always appreciate.
The only thing to be mindful of after buccal fat pad removal is to be careful with your sutures. Watch what you're eating directly after the procedure and for the first week. Stick to soups and bite-sized foods. That said, because the treatment area is highly vascular, it heals very quickly. The sutures do not even need to be removed.
What's wonderful about cheek slimming procedures is that they do not drastically change how you look. If you have a round face or a square jaw and desire more of an oval or heart-shaped face, these are perfect treatments for you. In the right hands, nothing about it is exaggerated, either, so you don't have to worry about a severe or harsh look. Highlighting the cheekbones in this way allows all of the other naturally beautiful parts of your face to shine.
A consultation with Dr. Hooman Khorasani is the best way to find out if Cheek Slimming is right for you. To expedite a consultation, message us, or call our Manhattan office at: 212-230-3378. Dr Khorasani and his highly-specialized team look forward to working with you to transform your medical and aesthetic goals into reality.
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