Masseter or Jaw Reduction


Masseter or Jaw Reduction

Introduction


Masseter or jaw reduction treatment via Botox is especially popular at Barrett Plastic Surgery for its quick and cost-effective procedure. Botox was approved as a safe treatment by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults ages 18 to 65. By injecting Botox into the masseter muscle (the “chewing” muscles located at the backend of your jaw right before your midface meets your earlobes), Dr. Barrett can temporarily freeze these muscles so they are not as active and noticeable. Not only can this injectable procedure improve facial balance and change the shape of an overly square face, but it will shrink the masseter muscle and reduce any pain or discomfort resulting from the masseter muscle exerting itself on surrounding tissue.



Masseter or Jaw Reduction

Candidates


With this in mind, masseter and jaw reduction treatments are best suited for individuals with the following facial features:

  • Protruding jawlines
  • Square features in the mouth and jaw region
  • Abnormally large jaw and masseter muscles


Masseter or Jaw Reduction

Results and Recovery

Botox injections are relatively safe, but side effects and complications can occur. These include: pain and bruising at the injection site, redness, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms, and temporary facial weakness (i.e. eye drooping). However, if you are experiencing trouble swallowing, slurred speech, and breathing problems, it is possible that the toxin has spread beyond the treatment area. If this happens, contact your doctor immediately.

Fortunately, Botox injections require no downtime and immediate results, but Dr. Barrett recommends minimal exercise and physical activity for the first few hours post-treatment. The full effect of the injections usually appear after two weeks. Keep in mind that Botox is not a permanent solution, and the muscles will continue normal contracting and tightening after three to six months. To maintain your look, you will need to schedule follow-up injections with Dr. Barrett every few months.


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