Besides removing wrinkles and lines caused by age on the face, Botox can benefit patients that have a wide jawline by injecting it in the masseter muscle of the jaw. This muscle closes the jaw during the chewing process and can make the face look bigger as it develops over time. Injecting Botox into that muscle limits its continuous contracting as a person chews. Botox causes it to weaken which, in turn, allows the muscle to essentially shrink. The treatment is normally performed multiple times to achieve the desired results and so the masseter muscle mass can be gradually reduced. As a result, patients can have a slimmer jawline through a simple and quick jaw slimming procedure.
GOOD CANDIDATES for the procedure include:
There are some patients who are NOT GOOD CANDIDATES:
Once a patient decides to have the treatment, jawline reduction via Botox only takes about 15 minutes to perform. The doctor begins the process by examining the facial features of the patient and this includes the shape and location of the masseter muscle. The final decision about whether or not Botox is the best jawline reduction option, as opposed to surgical techniques, largely depends on the anatomy of the patient. The doctor will inject two or three small doses of Botox (depending on the results desired by the person) into the patient per site. The technique typically requires a patient to receive (at least) one more treatment about a month later to achieve the desired jawline shrinkage.
Some of the factors that go into the final price include the amount of Botox administered by the doctor, the area of the country where it is performed and any fees charged by the doctor or the facility. In general, the cost is around $250-$700 per session.
The amount of RECOVERY AND DOWNTIME associated with Botox for jawline reduction is very minimal. The recovery is rather quick due to the fact that it is only injections. Patients are advised to limit vigorous activities, such as going to the gym for the first 24 hours, in order to minimize bruising and swelling. Other than that, there are no strict restrictions. Patients are able to chew, eat and drink immediately after the treatment.
The final results can usually be seen within one month of the procedure. Although most patients are pleased with the results, many of them will decide to have a second series of injections to gain a look that is even slimmer in appearance. To maintain the results from the Botox injections, patients will need follow-up injections approximately every 9-12 months. The exact timeline of additional injections depends on the body and size of each individual person since the genetics of the muscle tends to try and build back to its original size.
When it comes to LIMITATIONS, there are just a few for jawline reduction via Botox:
The RISKS are minimal when it comes to jaw slimming via Botox:
Although Botox is not a permanent solution for jawline reduction, the limited downtime and recovery makes it more desirable to people looking for a slimmer jawline. Plus, many patients prefer to not have surgery due to the cost of a surgical procedure as well as the necessary downtime after surgery. Patients need to do proper research and find a doctor experienced in performing Botox injections in order to get the maximum and safest results.
Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team - MA
Based on an exclusive interview with Charles Hsu, MD in Beverly Hills, CA