Non surgical jaw reduction treatment using Botulinum toxin (Botox) has revolutionised cosmetic sculpting of the lower face. It has bypassed the need for surgery, prolonged recovery times and asymmetrical results.
Over-activity of the jaw muscle (Masseter) can lead to a square looking jaw line. This can be an attractive characteristic in males, however in females a more oval and softer face shape is often desired.
Causes of overuse of the jaw muscles include a condition called bruxism (griding of the teeth at night) or excessive chewing of gum, both lead to the muscles becoming enlarged which can make the jaw appear wide.
The technique of non surgical jaw reduction involves 3 to 6 painless injections of Botulinum toxin in to the masseter muscle on each side of the face. Over the next few days this causes a weakening of the jaw muscle and therefore an overall reduction size. The procedure is simple and lasts only 5-10 minutes. Results can be visible by 2 weeks.
When is improvement seen?
The improvement is seen gradually over a period of weeks. The effect can be seen at 3 weeks and generally peaks at 7-9 weeks. Regular treatment every 6 months can lead to better and longer lasting results an the muscle becomes less active and therefore smaller size.
What is the recovery time?
There is no downtime as there is no pain, swelling or bruising
Who is a good candidate for Jaw Reduction?
The best candidate for this procedure would be one who has a wide jaw due to an over developed masseter muscle usually due to overuse of the muscle.
How long does it last?
Treatment can last up to 6 months.