There is growing interest among men and women in cosmetic procedures nowadays. Recently, Botox has got much attention in media due to its cosmetic uses, especially to reshape the face.
It is being widely used by various clinicians including dentists and other doctors due to remarkable improvement in facial lines to reshape the face and jaws.
It is one of the most frequent aesthetic procedures performed in the US. The idea that women need Botox to look nicer and more approachable is quite sexist and made worse by social media.
What is Botox?
Botox is widely used in the cosmetic industry and it is an abbreviated name of botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.
It is one of the most toxic substances known. It works by binding itself to nerve endings.
Once this happens, it inhibits the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for initiating muscle contractions. It relaxes the facial muscles.
It has a lot of therapeutic uses. Botox treatment helps to achieve the appearance of a slimmed-down jawline.
This product is available in the market by different trading names.
A V-line in the face is considered as a standard of beauty in Asia. A V line refers to facial contour that tapers from the cheekbones to the chin.
As you age, the masseter muscles around your face become more pronounced over time, causing a woman’s face to look more masculine. Sometimes, these muscles on both sides of the face are so bulky that the jawline looks too broad.
It is considered opposite to the femininity, and vitality. Therefore, procedures to slim the jawline have become so popular amongst Asian women with wide mandibles.
Women often consider this a desirable feature in their faces.
It is a popular belief that a sharp jawline in today’s Asian beauty standards is a new phenomenon. Historical records from China, Korea, and Japan show that for decades, large face shape was preferred.
The large face was celebrated because it represented fertility and prosperity. One of its examples is the 4 Legendary Beauties of China.
In the history of ancient China, these women were considered as the most beautiful ladies. But today, these standards are shifted towards a preference for defined chin and slimmer jawline.
These features are very popular in Korean celebrities. Therefore, it is a popular trend in Asian women to seek a certain non-surgical option to achieve a V-shaped face.
Jaw reduction is achieved by Botox (Botulinum toxin) injection into the masseter muscle.
This muscle is present at both sides of your jaw. It is responsible for clenching the jaw to chew the food. Sometimes, due to masseter muscle atrophy, jaw muscles are enlarged and give a bulky appearance and square-shaped jaws.
In women who have prominent and strong jaw muscles, the jaw appears broad and large. It may also be due to the habitual grinding of teeth in a condition called bruxism.
Similarly, patients who like to chew sugar cane and chew gum may have bulkier jawlines as their jaw muscles are flexed repetitively. Thus, it strengthens the masseter muscle rapidly.
Due to this over grinding action, muscles become bulkier and bigger over time.
When Botox is injected into the master muscles, it relaxes them. With the passage of time, big muscles start to achieve slimmer and sharper face shape. It works just like the example of bodybuilders.
When they stop exercising, their muscles start to lose their mass and bulk over time.
Botox is injected into the masseter muscles on both sides of the jaw with a fine needle. First of all, the Dr. Ng examines the patient face and marks the desired points on bulky muscles to administer Botox reduction injection. Generally, patients do not need any anesthesia or numbing cream before this treatment.
It is reported that effects can be evident as early as 24–48 h after injection but it may take 5 to 6 weeks to observe the full results of this procedure. The effect of Botox can last only for 3 to 6 months.
Those who have a history of prior treatments may observe that effects begin to last longer. After this time period, it wears off and muscles may regain their bulky size and square face shape.
Therefore, consistent injections are administered with specific intervals to maintain the relaxation of muscles. With this treatment, muscles can lose their grinding habit gradually.
The masseter muscle is a large muscle as compared to the other muscles around your forehead and eyes.
A small 2008 survey-based study from researchers in Norway found that people had improved face shape after undergoing a cosmetic procedure but the researchers also found that people who had psychological problems before surgery still had those problems following their cosmetic changes.
These face-altering procedures are widely popular in women because they are well aware of the societal pressure to be liked by virtually everyone, while men don’t have that problem.
Although Botox is a safe treatment for most people, there are some associated complications and contraindications. Women who are pregnant, attempting pregnancy or breastfeeding should avoid treatment with Botox.
Those who are suffering from certain neuromuscular diseases including myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy, and Eaton–Lambert syndrome should not be treated.
It can also cause flu-like symptoms, light bruising, droopy eyes and drooling post-injection in healthy people. Overall this procedure is considered safe and isn’t permanent.
It makes an attractive option for women who want to change their appearance in a minimally invasive and quick way.