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Does Jaw Slimming Work?

If you feel your jaw is too heavy-set or wide, you could opt for jaw slimming. Jaw slimming or masseter’s reduction is a cosmetic procedure that creates a feminine and slim jawline. It is a highly effective cosmetic procedure that works by injecting the neurotoxin Botulinum Type A (BOTOX) into the masseter muscles in your jawline. Botox helps weaken the muscles and restores a healthy, feminine facial contour to your jaw.

BOTOX injections to the jawline are an excellent option for people wishing to go for non-surgical procedures to reduce the size of the jaw. One of the main reasons for jaw slimming is Bruxism (involuntary clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth), which activates the muscles of the jaw (masseter muscles), causing them to overdevelop. Bruxism causes over clenching of the muscles and creates a squarish jawline in men and women. It could also have other painful symptoms and causes for concern.

What are Masseter Muscles?

The masseter muscles connect the lower jawbone to the cheekbone. Masseter muscles are responsible for chewing actions in humans. If the masseter muscles thicken or get enlarged, it may cause a boxy or square-shaped appearance to the face. In women, this is a non-feminine trait since the jawline appears heavier and masculine in appearance.

Most of the clenching and grinding happens at night in sleep (especially during dreaming). It can also occur when we concentrate, drive, watch TV, or read (subconsciously). Apart from the aesthetic reason behind the enlargement, people with enlarged masseter muscles have had to resort to physiotherapy and special facial splints.

BOTOX injections in the masseter muscles can reduce the thickness of the jaw and restore the original shape. The botulinum toxin helps soften the jawline, resulting in prominent cheekbones and chin. It is also helpful for chin uplifting and sculpting. Women who want this change should opt for BOTOX injections instead of surgery to fix the masseter muscles and jawline.

Why do Masseter Muscles Thicken?

There are several reasons people may see an enlargement, protrusion, or thickening of the masseter muscles.

Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Nighttime clenching and grinding of teeth (Bruxism)
  • Chewing only from one side (instead of both)
  • Genetics
  • Excessive chewing

Jaw Slimming Treatment

Jaw slimming treatment has been around for a while, mainly traditional surgical treatments like adding special splints. Botulinum toxin treatments are excellent for people wishing to avoid going under the knife. They are also meant for people suffering from Bruxism and those wishing to have a feminine face (like cosmetic procedures). BOTOX treatments are not invasive like surgery and can be done easily and quickly (sometimes within 20 minutes). An excellent jaw slimming treatment has fabulous results, looks natural, and better shapes the facial contour.

Patients are made to sit or lie down in special rooms. There is often a topical anaesthetic administered to the jaw, chin, and cheeks to reduce discomfort during the process. However, most people can tolerate multiple injections without too much pain.

Once the jawline is thoroughly cleaned and prepped, the expert will strategically administer the BOTOX injections into pre-decided areas around the jaw. The botulinum toxin is injected in small doses on each side of the face, chin, and jawline. It is then spread out for maximum impact.

Injecting the botulinum toxin at different places helps the masseter muscles relax and reduces hypertrophy and grinding. Voluntary movements like chewing and making different facial expressions are not affected by the toxin. Most patients find a remarkable decrease in thickness of the masseter muscles and thinning of the face.

The treatment is highly effective, with little to no pain and no recovery time (like surgeries).

This jaw slimming treatment does work and can change the shape of your face to give it a contoured look with a slim jawline, high cheekbones, and a prominent chin.

How much BOTOX is needed?

The amount of BOTOX needed is wholly dependent upon the patient. It usually varies from person to person based on things like the severity of the Bruxism and cosmetic treatment. Experts have to evaluate the face and jawline and then discuss appropriate goals. Whenever you go for a consultation, always ask all your questions beforehand to not have any shocks later.

Remember that botulinum toxin treatments are dermal fillers, so will be injected into your skin at various points. There may be some redness and swelling, but that will subside. Ask about allergies, skin reactions, any other dermatological options, and always inform the experts about your past medical history.


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