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Can Botox Make Your Face Look Thinner?

newbeauty logoOriginal Article by Elise Minton. In the quest for perfection, the one part of the body that seems the hardest to get thin is the face. You can work out all you want, but the face is an area that needs special attention—usually from the help of a doctor.

Unbeknownst to many, Botox can work wonders on more than just lines and wrinkles. “Facial shaping, which includes facial slimming, is a very popular Botox treatment,” says San Francisco dermatologist Vic Narurkar, MD. “It was initially used primarily in patients of Asian decent, but is now very popular in all ethnicities for creating a more heart-shape face.” When injected into the masseter muscles (the muscles on the jawline) in a circular manner, Botox can “slim the face.” Oftentimes, fillers are also added to the cheeks to create a balanced look.

Different from something like liposuction or a noninvasive fat fighter, which permanently destroy fat cells in the body, when Botox (or other neuromodulators like Xeomin and Dysport) are injected into the face, they work strictly on the muscle. Botox does not interact with fat in the face whatsoever.

“When injected into the masseter muscle, Botox relaxes the muscle and over time the bulk of the muscle is reduced lending to a less square jawline,” explains New York facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann Klausner, MD.

When used for this face-slimming purpose, the onset of results and longevity is a little bit longer than when Botox is used to smooth out wrinkles on the face. “You can start to see a difference in the face in about 10 to 14 days and the results should last about four to six months, but can be longer,” says Dr. Narurkar. But, in order to maintain the results Dr. Klausner says treatments must be continued at regular intervals every 3 to 6 months.

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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