Over-activity of the jaw muscle (Masseter) can lead to a square looking jaw line. This can be an attractive characteristic in males however in females a more oval and softer face shape is often desired.
Causes of overuse of the jaw muscles include a condition called bruxism (grinding of the teeth at night) or excessive chewing of gum, both lead to the muscles becoming enlarged which can make the jaw appear wide.
The Non-surgical jaw reduction treatment has revolutionised cosmetic sculpting of the lower face. It has bypassed the need for surgery, prolonged recovery times and asymmetrical results.
The technique of non-surgical jaw reduction involves 2 to 3 painless injections in to the masseter muscle on each side of the face. Over the next few days this causes a weakening of the jaw muscle and therefore an overall reduction in the size. The procedure is simple and painless and lasts only takes 5-10 minutes. Results can be visible by two weeks and the effect can last up to 6 months. *
Jaw Reduction FAQs
1. What is a square jaw?
A square jaw is when the lower one third of the face is wide giving a square like appearance. This can give a masculine appearance in females or distort facial harmony and symmetry in males and females.
2. What causes widening of the jaw?
This can be due to the mandible (jaw bone) or masseter (jaw muscle).
The mandible (jaw bone) may be enlarged due to developmental or congenital problems.
The masseter (jaw muscle) may be enlarged due to over exercising of the muscle such as excess chewing or excess grinding of the teeth (a condition called bruxism)
3. Who would be suitable for non-surgical jaw reduction?
A good candidate for non-surgical jaw reduction would be one who has a wide jaw due to an over developed masseter muscle usually due to overuse of the muscle
4. What is non-surgical jaw reduction?
This involves the injection of a natural toxin into the masseter (jaw muscle) on each side of the face. The toxin causes a relaxing effect of the muscle preventing over activity. In time the muscle becomes smaller as it is not being exercised as much.
5. What are facial fillers?
Facial fillers are widely used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet near the eyes, in men and women. It has been used safely for 25 years. It is a natural purified protein whose role is to temporarily block the release of acetylcholine; the chemical responsible for transmission between the nerve endings and muscle. This causes relaxation of the overactive muscles.
6. What is the recovery time?
There is no downtime as there is no pain, swelling or bruising. The procedure itself takes 5 minutes and patients are able to return to work or drive home afterwards.
7. Are there any aftercare instructions?
These are given at the end of the treatment. Patients are asked not to rub or massage the treated area for 6 hours after treatment to prevent spreading of the face filler.
8. When is improvement seen?
The improvement is seen gradually over a period of weeks. The effect can be seen at 3 weeks and generally peaks at 8 to 10 weeks. There are some reports of effects lasting up to one year. Regular treatments every 6 months can lead to better and longer lasting results as the muscle becomes less active and therefore smaller in size.