For some individuals, a strong jawline may be an appealing characteristic, but for others the jaw can cause many cosmetic concerns.
Whether due to genetics or lifestyle habits, the jaw can become a rather prominent feature that can impact the way you look. Clients who desire to reduce the size of their jaw, but who do not wish to undergo jaw reduction surgery may wish to receive BOTOX® as an alternative treatment option. Destination Aesthetics administers BOTOX® in order to shrink the muscles responsible for an enlarged jaw, and combined with some lifestyle changes, your jaw can become slimmer and more cosmetically appealing.
What Causes an Enlarged Jaw?
A strong jawline is typically related to the masseter muscle, which surrounds and protects the jawbone. It is the muscle that is used primarily for speaking and chewing, and when it is overexerted, it tends to expand. Like any muscle, when exercised frequently, it will become stronger and more prominent, and if you engage in activities that enlist the masseter muscle, it may begin to increase in size.
Individuals who frequently chew gum, ice or gamey meat may eventually notice that their jaw has become larger. Additionally, stress-related behavior like bruxism (teeth-grinding) or clenching can result in the overstimulation of the masseter muscle and cause it to widen. Growth of the masseter muscle is a slow process — it can take years for any effects to show — but when it becomes noticeable, the size of the muscle can cause a significant and unappealing change in the facial shape over time, which leads some clients to seek treatment.
How Can BOTOX® Help?
Most people understand BOTOX® as a treatment method for wrinkle removal, but because the serum targets the muscles specifically, it can be used to improve the appearance of many areas that have become susceptible to muscle overexertion.
BOTOX® is an ideal solution for shrinking the jaw without the use of invasive surgery. With surgery, recovery can be arduous and painful, and it is usually only suggested for severe dental and TMJ complications. However, for cosmetic concerns, BOTOX® provides a gentle, nonsurgical procedure for reducing jaw size.
BOTOX® jaw reduction can:
- Change the shape of the face without invasive techniques
- Create a more oval jawline as opposed to a square contour
- Add symmetry to the face and improve facial proportions
- Target the specific muscle responsible for jaw enlargement
- Provide a solution that does not interrupt your daily routine
Depending on your individual bone structure, BOTOX® is injected into strategic areas in order to soften the masseter muscle. BOTOX® consists of botulinum toxin type A, which is administered directly into the muscle through a fine needle, effectively weakening the muscle and allowing it to become smaller. In a series of two to three treatment sessions and over the course of three months, BOTOX® can block muscle activity so that the jaw is no longer strengthened from use.
Benefits of BOTOX®
BOTOX® is an ideal treatment method for individuals seeking subtle enhancements to their face, and it will work for those who have no interest in receiving a permanent surgical solution. Additionally, a BOTOX® procedure can be performed right in the Destination Aesthetics medical spa in minutes, making it an effective solution that fits right into your daily routine.
The procedure takes place without the need for anesthesia, incisions or recovery time and will typically take place as a series of injections over a period of time. You will be able to consume a regular diet immediately after treatment and do not have to be concerned about changes in dentition.
Jaw Reduction at Destination Aesthetics
Because BOTOX® injections are so malleable, it is important that it is administered by an experienced professional who is knowledgeable about facial anatomy and aesthetics. At Destination Aesthetics, we hold complimentary consultations that assess your specific facial contours and determine the appropriate amount of units for your skin. Once we are aware of your cosmetic goals, we can design a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and provide results that are within natural proportion to your face.
We also encourage you to partake in lifestyle changes that will prevent further muscle enlargement. Although BOTOX® provides a cosmetic enhancement, the injections are not permanent and will need to be re-administered over time. Reducing the amount of jaw stimulation to the masseter muscle will prevent further concern. Decreasing gum chewing and limiting ice consumption will help you maintain the effects of your BOTOX® treatment. It may also be helpful to visit a dentist if you suffer from bruxism or TMJ and wish to treat the source of the condition. With continued treatment, you can expect a slimmer jawline that can significantly improve the way you look and feel. If you would like more information about what BOTOX® can do to decrease facial width, contact Destination Aesthetics and schedule a consultation.