You’re probably familiar with Botox for reducing forehead creases, frown lines, and crow’s feet. You may also know that can be administered for medical conditions such as migraines.
Did you know Botox can also be used to contour your jawline and help your face appear more slender? Find out more about how Botox can give you the sleek jawline you desire.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that is an extremely popular choice for reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that appear during facial muscle movements. It’s name comes from the active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin that comes from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Botox works by dampening nerve signals at the injection site. When this signal is obstructed, the muscle relaxes. When muscles can’t contract, they can’t form wrinkles.
Can Botox Be Used To Soften My Jawline?
Yes! Your jawline may appear boxy as you age. This is because the masseter muscle, or the one in your jaw that helps you chew, becomes enlarged. This muscle may also become overdeveloped if you regularly chew gum or clench your teeth.
Your jawline bulks up the more the masseter muscle is worked out and enlarges. Botox combats this issue by reducing a square jawline to appear more shapely.
How Does Botox Minimize My Jawline?
When Botox is used for masseter reduction, it’s simply injected into the masseter muscle. In the same way that it relaxes wrinkles by reducing muscle activity, Botox relaxes and reduces the jaw muscle to give the face a more attractive silhouette.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox Jaw Reduction?
During a consultation, Dr. Carpenter will determine if you’re a good candidate for Botox jaw reduction by analyzing your masseter muscle. If it looks thick when you clench your teeth, or if it feels rigid, you’re likely a good candidate for the procedure.
What Shouldn’t I Do Before the Procedure?
- Don’t take anticoagulants, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Avoid supplements such as St. John’s wort, as they will make you more susceptible to bruising.
- Don’t drink alcohol.
- Quit smoking.
Dr. Carpenter will discuss in detail what you should avoid prior to your Botox jawline reduction in a consultation.
What Happens During a Botox Jawline Reduction?
Botox jawline reduction is an outpatient procedure performed at Allegany Plastic Surgery’s Cumberland, MD office. If you have a low pain threshold, you may be able to receive a numbing cream prior to injection.
Injections are done with a very fine needle and only take a few minutes. Although individual pain tolerance varies, the sensation has been described as a small pinch. The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.
What Should I Do After Botox Jawline Reduction?
After your procedure, Dr. Cumberland may advise you to avoid:
- Touching your face
- Strenuous activities
- Lying down
When Will I See Results?
You should begin to see subtle results in approximately four to seven days. Muscle reduction becomes apparent about two to four weeks later.
Botox injections are temporary, so they may need to be re-administered every three to six months. Later, maintenance sessions can be reduced to every nine to 12 months.
Botox Jawline Treatment in Cumberland, MD
Botox is prized for its effectiveness and versatility for many cosmetic uses, including jawline sculpting. At Allegany Plastic Surgery, we offer Botox jawline sculpting done by experienced professionals who will meet or exceed your expectations.
Please contact us today to start your transformation!