Botox has been the go-to anti-wrinkle injection for many years. This procedure is known for its ability to smooth away creases from the forehead and around the eyes and eyebrows. What you might not know is that this formulation is also effectively used for other cosmetic enhancements, helping individuals meet their aesthetic goals without surgery or downtime. One of those enhancements is the slimming of the lower face in patients who are unhappy with their square, masculine jawline.
Causes of a Square Jaw
There are many reasons why your jaw may be squarer than you like, including genetics. People of Asian origin particularly have this feature. However, even if you are not born with a square jaw, it can develop over time. The masseter muscle, which is the muscle that surrounds the jawbone and help you chew, can enlarge through frequent chewing of hard objects like ice, vigorous gum chewing, or persistent teeth clenching and grinding, a condition known as bruxism.
Addressing the Masseter Muscle
If the masseter muscle is the culprit in the squaring of the jaw, it makes sense that addressing this muscle during treatment would help to reduce the widening of the jawline. Botox injections are just the solution for relaxing the masseter muscle and slimming down the facial profile over a period of time. At the same time, Botox treatments may help relieve pain in patients that tend to have soreness and tightness in the jaw due to bruxism.
The Botox Procedure
Botox injections take just a few minutes to complete and are relatively painless, thanks to the use of a very small needle and special injection techniques. The medication is placed directly into the masseter muscle at various points to ensure a natural, symmetrical result. We perform Botox injections right in our medispa, taking very little time out of your daily schedule.
Recovery and Results
There is no downtime after a Botox treatment, you can return to your regular activities as soon as the procedure is over. Some patients may experience some mild bruising or swelling around the injection sites, but these side effects subside very quickly. You may start to see some preliminary results of your Botox treatment in a matter of days, but full results can take up to six months to develop. Once those results become evident, they can last anywhere from 12-18 months, which is much longer than the results of Botox you see on other areas of the face.
Enhancing the Look
In addition to your Botox injections to slim down your jawline, you can add dermal fillers to your treatment to further enhance your results. For example, injections of Voluma can add further definition to your cheekbones to create a heart-shaped, youthful profile. You can also opt for fillers to smooth out some of the facial creases around your lower face. Our providers can work with you to understand your aesthetic goals and recommend the best combination of procedures to help you meet them.
In the past, jaw reshaping meant painful surgery and long recovery periods. Today, you can get the look you want with a few simple injections. To learn more about how Botox can help you get the youthful, feminine profile you are looking for, contact New Visage at 252-808-2NEW.