Botox for Masseter Reduction
The masseter muscles are the large facial muscles that open and close the jaw. In some people, the masseter muscle can become large, impacting the shape of the face. The lower face and jaw can become wide and square, which is not usually desirable. At Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, our plastic surgeon Dr. John Anastasatos offers Botox® for masseter reduction to reshape and slim the lower face.
Botox injections are used for aesthetic treatment when a muscle is causing lines, wrinkles to form or other undesirable outcomes. The toxin in Botox is a neuromodulator, which means it impacts the nerves that send signals to the muscles. When injected near the nerves that serve the masseter muscle, Botox can help it relax. The jaw can still function normally, but it can stop contractions that may affect the size of the muscles. Over several weeks, the masseter muscles can shrink in size, narrowing the jaw and slimming the face.
Non-Surgical Face Slimming
Most patients that desire a slimmer or more oval face shape are women. When the masseter muscle is pronounced, it creates a square or masculine jaw. By reducing the size with Botox injections, the face becomes more heart or oval-shaped, which is more feminine.
Botox treatments for masseter reduction can be repeated until the desired effect is achieved, which is about every 3-4 months. However, it is usually not necessary to continue Botox treatments to retain the effect once it is achieved.
If you are unhappy with the shape of your face due to a wider or square jaw, masseter reduction may help reshape your lower face. To learn more about Botox for masseter reduction, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Anastasatos to discuss face slimming treatments.