An overview of lower face anti-wrinkle treatments

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    Did you know that anti-wrinkle injections can be placed in the lower face? Anti-wrinkle injections work by relaxing muscles, and accordingly, they can be used to lift and slim facial features, and smooth the skin in certain areas.

    Tooth grinding/bruxism treatment

    Generally, 20-30 units of product are placed to each masseter muscle and occasionally the temporalis muscle to reduce tooth grinding. The result is seen in 2 weeks and can last from 3-6 months.

    Diagram demonstrating the injection sites when treating the masseter muscles.

    Jawline slimming injections

    This treatment again involves injections to the masseter muscle. Typically, 20-40 units of product will be placed into each masseter which causes a reduction in strength and then size, creating a slimming effect. This treatment is great for those with a wide or square-shaped face, and is popular because it is simple, quick, almost painless and gives a lovely V-shaped taper to the lower face. Read our dedicated jawline slimming injections page for more information.

    Before and after facial slimming injections to the masseter muscles.

    Turning out the top lip

    Known as a lip flip, this treatment relaxes the orbicularis oris muscle giving the upper lip more vertical height with results lasting out to 8 weeks. Learn more on our lip flip treatment page.

    Chin dimpling / chin crease

    The mentalis muscle of the chin can be treated to reduce chin dimples, lower the chin position and reduce the appearance of a horizontal crease often seen running below the bottom lip. Discover more about these treatments on our chin dimpling injections and chin crease anti-wrinkle injections pages.

    Downturning mouth corners

    Treating the DAO muscle with anti-wrinkle injections lifts the mouth corners. As the DAO muscle is responsible for drawing down the mouth corners, by weakening it with anti-wrinkle injections, we get the opposite effect (a nice lift). Read more on our downturned mouth injections page.

    Nefertiti lift and platysmal bands

    This treatment involves placing anti-wrinkle product along the jawline and neck to relax vertical platysma bands, giving the lower face a lift and enhancing jawline definition. Learn more on our neck platysma band treatment page.

    While none of these treatments involve improving wrinkles, you may notice that we refer to ‘anti-wrinkle injections’ when discussing them. This is because ‘anti-wrinkle’ product works by relaxing muscles, and so can be used for other purposes when treating the lower face. Anti-wrinkle injections are also known as wrinkle-relaxers and muscle-slimming injections and may have other names depending on how it is being used.

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