Are you looking to slim down your face into more of a V shape? For example, faces that look square-ish or too round may be due to a result of bigger “masseter” muscles on the sides of the face and jawline. However, now there is a non-surgical procedure for reducing these muscles and making the face look slimmer, known as the “Botox square jaw reduction” or “Botox Masseter reduction” – which is now is available in NYC thanks to board certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green.
The masseter muscle is located on each side of your jaw and is one of the main muscles involved with chewing (along with the temporalis and pterygoid muscles). When someone chews or grinds teeth too often, the masseter muscles can grow more than usual and cause issues with one’s facial shape – think of a person lifting weights too often for instance. Injecting Botox into various parts of the masseter muscle can help relax it and in turn shrink the jaw line and reduce the square appearance of the jaw area. The best part is that no surgery is required and this is a safe non-invasive method for jaw reduction / facial slimming.
Another benefit is that the procedure can be done within your lunch break as it only takes one single skin injection on each side to reach various key points of the masseter muscle. This is completed in just 5 minutes and comes with little or no pain, and no downtime, so you can continue on with your day.
In the past, Botox based reductions of jaw lines involved making 3 to 6 injection points on each side of the face. However, Dr. Green is using an innovative method that requires finding 1 injection point on each side that then helps reach various other points within the muscle. The same amount of points are reached, but in only 1 injection, which means quicker and less painful results.
How long does it take to see results?
The facial slimming and jaw reduction procedures can end up taking anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks to see visible results. And the best part is that the treatment will look natural. It will feel to others as if you merely lost a little weight or some baby fat from the face. Dr. Green makes sure that the right amount is used so that there is no risk of it looking “over-done”.
And since you have approximately 75% less skin injection points versus conventional methods or dermal filler procedures (which also require multiple injections), the 1 injection Botox procedure on the masseter muscles has fast become the preferred option for many male and female patients.
Results are not permanent though, and in some cases additional injections may be needed at regular intervals. Dr. Green will discuss with you beforehand what options might work best for your requirements.
18-24 year old male. Botox to masseter muscle, 3 months before and after
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
Are there any side effects?
With Dr. Green’s “1 injection” procedure, you will be able to get back to your day with no swelling or bruising. In the first few days there may be a slight dull irritation when chewing, but this should resolve within a week. You should also avoid lying down in the first four hours after the procedure and avoid massaging the masseter muscles.
What else can Botox be used with?
Several patients look at combining this with a skin tightening procedure such as Thermage. Thermage can help lift the reduced cheeks and/or tighten the jowls also, which as a result has made it a very popular procedure overall, including for Hollywood celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Sculptra can be used with Botox too, providing an additional face lift to restore the youthful features of your face in the right places.
With this and other skin tightening procedures, you too can look slimmer without any surgery. Find out more and contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about how Botox can work for you.