When a muscle known as the masseter (a chewing muscle) is large or overly well-developed, the result can be a square, very masculine-looking jawline. At one time, jaw reduction surgery was the only option for patients wishing to give their face a more oval or heart shape. This was painful, had a long recovery time, and did not always produce natural-looking results. Today, however, a more delicate jawline may be achieved with a simple and relatively painless procedure known as masseter Botox (or masseter reduction Botox).
It is made using the same bacteria that is used to treat migraines and muscle spasms and is absolutely safe when administered by an experienced doctor at the proper dosages. It works by blocking the activity of the nerves and relaxing the muscles, and it is used for a wide range of medical procedures – not just cosmetic ones. With Masseter Botox, the injection works by relaxing the muscle and weakening it over time. This decreases its size and eventually results in a smaller jawline and a narrower-looking face. Results become noticeable after only a few weeks. For optimal results, Dr. Torgerson usually recommends 3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
Most healthy adults with large masseter muscles are good candidates for this procedure.It is particularly popular, however, with Asian females, many of whom naturally have broad jawlines.
Sometimes people who regularly chew gum or eat tough foods also have a well-developed masseter.
Those with dental or skin infections should wait until they are healed before receiving Botox, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also wait.
Expect that you will begin initially with a series of two to three treatments over the course of 2 to 4 months. If further treatments are required, they can continue once every 6 months until the muscle has atrophied enough to give the desired shape.
You will be fully awake for the procedure, which is performed in only a few minutes in the office, and it is not painful at all for most patients. In fact, if you have the time, it can even be done on your lunch break. There is no downtime. Once you’re finished, you’ll be able to drive home, go back to work, or otherwise continue with your regular routine. After 2 or 3 weeks, you will begin to notice gradual, natural-looking results.
If you feel that your jawline is a little more square-shaped than you would like it to be, you’ll be happy to know that for most people, this is something they can change. Through the simple procedure known as masseter Botox, you can have the more delicate jawline you desire.