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Jaw Reduction

People who feel that their jaw is too boxy or bulky may think that the only way to improve their facial features is through jaw reduction surgery. This procedure involves shaving bone off the mandible and can be painful and risky. It requires two weeks of recovery time before the patient can return to normal activities, but full recovery can take up to one year. Thankfully, jaw reduction surgery is not the only option for patients seeking a slimmer jaw. 

At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, renowned, Harvard-trained surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, provides non-invasive jaw reduction for patients with enlarged masseter muscles. As a double board-certified, globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzzadeh is committed to helping patients restore their self-confidence in a safe and effective way. 

Non-invasive jaw reduction involves the use of Botox® injections to correct a protruding jawline, square jaw, or other jaw issues that contribute to an asymmetrical facial appearance. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps jaw reduction patients achieve a harmonious, natural-looking face.

What Is Jaw Reduction?

Jaw reduction, also referred to as masseter reduction, is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure frequently performed on women. During the procedure, Botox® is injected into the masseter muscle, which connects the lower jawbone to the cheekbone. This muscle is instrumental to the process of chewing, but sometimes, people may have an enlarged (hypertrophic) masseter on one or both sides of the face. The cause of masseter hypertrophy is not well understood, but researchers believe that various factors may be involved, including stress, anxiety, facial swelling due to an injury, genetic conditions, and jaw clenching.

An enlarged masseter can cause an asymmetrical face shape, driving individuals to feel self-conscious of their appearance, but the effects can go beyond that. Some patients may feel chronic pain in the jaw due to an enlarged masseter. Others may experience restricted jaw movement and difficulty chewing. Still others may have disengagement or clicking of the jaw. 

Non-invasive jaw reduction can treat these troublesome symptoms. 

Because it relaxes the facial muscles, Botox® reduces masseter muscle activity that can otherwise cause a square face. The injectable prescription also shrinks the masseter muscle and reduces jaw discomfort.

A masseter reduction restores facial balance and soothes symptoms of an enlarged masseter. It ensures that the jaw complements the cheeks, chin, and other facial features. Additionally, masseter reduction is a non-surgical procedure. It requires no anesthesia or incisions, and there is no downtime required after treatment.

Jaw Reduction Benefits

With this non-invasive masseter reduction procedure, patients with a bulky jaw or enlarged masseter muscles can achieve facial symmetry or a more feminine facial appearance. Unlike risky, painful jaw shaving, non-invasive masseter reduction has:

  • Fast treatment: A masseter reduction procedure can be completed in minutes.
  • Minimal risk: Non-surgical Jaw reduction does not require patients to go under the knife, and there are fewer risks associated with masseter reduction in comparison to surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.
  • Proven results: Masseter reduction results typically last several months after treatment.

When a patient books an appointment at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh takes a complete patient history and performs a physical evaluation to determine if masseter reduction can benefit the patient. He listens carefully to the patient, taking note of the goals the patient wishes to achieve with the procedure. He explores the benefits of masseter reduction during an initial patient consultation. He also determines if a patient is a good candidate for masseter reduction, or if other facial rejuvenation treatments would be more appropriate. It should be noted that masseter reduction with Botox does not work with patients who have an enlarged jawline due to fat, excess skin, or a large mandible. If patients have these conditions and would like a slimmer jawline, they can consult with Dr. Azizzadeh to determine the best path toward a facial rejuvenation that brings them self-confidence. 

Are You a Good Candidate for Jaw Reduction?

The ideal candidate for non-invasive jaw reduction usually displays one or more of the following cosmetic issues:

  • Protruding jawline
  • Square jaw
  • Large masseter muscle

Patients who experience pain caused by clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth may also be good candidates for Botox treatment.

How Is Jaw Reduction Performed?

This non-invasive procedure generally requires about 30 minutes to complete. Before treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh determines the precise amount of Botox to use and analyzes where it should be injected into the jaw. Dr. Azizzadeh may also recommend Botox injections into other areas of the face, depending on the patient and their facial rejuvenation treatment goals.

During the procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh injects Botox into the patient’s masseter muscle. Botox relaxes the masseter muscle, decreases muscle overactivity , and reduces jaw discomfort. Unlike with a surgical procedure, patients can return to their normal activities immediately after non-surgical masseter reduction

Side effects can include headache, nausea, and facial muscle weakness. These side effects are usually temporary and disappear on their own shortly after treatment.

Patients often achieve the full results of masseter reduction within two weeks of treatment. At this time, a patient’s face may look slimmer, and their jaw may have a V-shape.

The results of non-invasive jaw reduction may last up to six months. Dr. Azizzadeh requests follow-up appointments to monitor his patient’s progress after a masseter reduction. He can also perform follow-up Botox treatments at regular intervals. 

Schedule a Jaw Reduction Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh

Dr. Azizzadeh is available to discuss jaw reduction and determine if a patient qualifies for this non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment. To learn more or to schedule a treatment consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-870-1055.

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