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Reducing the appearance of a wide jawline or slimming of the lower face can help establish improved facial harmony and soften a more masculine and angular appearance of a square face into a more oval and feminine one.
BOTOX® FOR JAW LINE REDUCTION
Some people, like Koreans, are genetically predisposed to have wide jawline; others develop it through habits like teeth grinding and frequent gum chewing. Weight lifters and body builders may also overdevelop their masseter muscle. The masseter muscle is the main muscle responsible for chewing, teeth grinding and clenching.
The most important criterion to decide if you are a good candidate for jawline reduction is the thickness of your masseter muscle. Another important aspect to investigate relates to your habits that may predispose you to have a larger masseter muscle and flared jawline. You can easily determine if your chewing muscle is enlarged by biting down hard and feeling the outer jaw line near the ear.
Although a jawline can be narrowed surgically, a cosmetic surgeon can deliver comparable result by using Botox®. When injected into the masseter muscle, Botox® partially relaxes it. The underused muscle eventually loses its mass and shrinks.
Botox® injections of the masseter requires no anesthesia or downtime and takes about 6 weeks before you see the difference. Typically, about 25 units of Botox®, or equivalent Dysport® and Xeomin® units, are required for each side of the face. Results will last between 6 months to a year and a half depending on several factors. Although rare, few patients may experience some tiring feeling after chewing for a while. This phenomenon is only temporary and will go away over time.
It should be pointed out that Dr. R. Dishakjian, the cosmetic surgeon at Nu Vela, has been sought after by many patients of different races seeking jawline reduction through the use of Botox® Cosmetic.
Click Botox®, Dysport, or Xeomin – FAQs to find the answers to questions you may have on the use, effectiveness, and safety of these products, or go to Botox® in cosmetic surgery to explore other applications.