Up until recently, jaw reduction was primarily performed using surgical techniques. “Jaw shaving” is an efficient, albeit lengthy procedure that alters the size and shape of the jaw bone. A new, non-surgical way to decrease the jaw using Botox is quickly making headway in the cosmetic arena. On top of disabling wrinkles and curing migraine headaches, Botox can now be used to downsize a disproportioned jaw. Best of all, some patients who have used Botox for jaw augmentation have found it to be a permanent solution.
Jaw augmentation is a common plastic surgery procedure used to correct jaws that are too big, too small, or otherwise not pleasing to a patient. Jaw shape makes a big difference in the feminization or masculinity of a face, as well as overall facial balance. During jaw augmentation surgery, the patient is first put to sleep under general anesthesia. Then, the plastic surgeon uses a special tool to shave off segments of the mandible bone, making it slimmer and more aesthetically pleasing. The recovery period for surgical jaw augmentation includes two weeks of bruising and swelling. During this time, your plastic surgeon will most likely recommend soft foods and refraining from exercise. Jaw shaving isn’t a particularly cumbersome surgery, but it requires some downtime just like any surgical procedure.
Rather than shaving off the mandible, Botox jaw reduction affects the jaw muscle. The masseter is a muscle in the jaw that controls chewing, and has a tendency to grow quite large. Many of the patients who undergo jaw reduction are Asian women who feel as if their jaws are too square or masculine—traits caused by large masseters. During Botox jaw reduction, the doctor injects Botox into the masseter, putting it into a relaxed state. Just as Botox relaxes frown lines in the forehead and crow’s feet at the corners of the eye, it relaxes the masseter muscle so that it appears softer and smaller. The amount of Botox used will vary from patient to patient, but about 25 units per side is average.
Most patients will notice a weakened masseter muscle about a week after their injections. Within 6 weeks, the jaw line will appear softer, smaller, and more feminine. Touch-up Botox injections can be administered every 6 months or as needed. Interestingly, some patients have found that using Botox for jaw augmentation 2-3 times is all that they need to keep their jaws permanently smaller and softer.
Compared to surgical jaw reduction, Botox jaw augmentation offers a less invasive solution to oversized jaws. The procedure requires less commitment, downtime, and zero anesthesia. You’ll be able to return to your regular activities immediately afterwards, but some swelling and other recovery signs are normal for a couple of days. And, it doesn’t hurt that jaw augmentation using Botox is the more affordable option.
The masseter muscle of the jaw is related to jaw size, and decreasing it will accordingly decrease the overall size of the jaw. Unfortunately, refraining from chewing won’t result in a smaller masseter. Once the muscle has been enlarged, it can’t get smaller on its own. But leaning off the gum, beef jerky, and Laffy Taffy candy can help prevent the masseter muscle from growing. Seeking medical treatment for teeth grinding can also prevent a large masseter.
Botox jaw augmentation is a fairly recent development that requires special training. Before committing to the procedure, make sure you’ve found a trustworthy doctor with proper medical credentials. Botox Forum offers a network of certified skincare experts and Botox professionals dedicated to premium injectable procedures. Contact our representatives now to book a free consultation with a Botox specialist in your area.