Jaw Reduction- Masseter Muscle – Facial shaping

Botox / Dysport jaw reduction is a specialized technique to reduce the width of the jawline changing an overly square jawline to a more attractive oval or heart-shaped face. In some patients, the masseter muscle, a chewing muscle, is enlarged creating extra facial width. Botox/ Dysport selectively weakens this muscle over time leading to an overall reduction in the size of this muscle.

Botox/ Dysport jaw reduction can create a natural, subtle improvement to the area without any of the downtime or potential complications. Jaw reduction surgery can cause sensation issues, dental alignment issues, and potential for pain along the TMJ junction.  Botox jaw reduction is actually one of the treatments for TMJ discomfort.

Our Injectors at Luna are highly skilled and specialize in the masseter injection technique, due to the specific cultural influences with the bay area this injection has been highly sought after within the Asian population in San Francisco and is quite common. 

What to expect, is there downtime?

There is no downtime from this injection much like most other  Botox/ Dysport Injections. Some patients may experience a little redness at the injection site or swelling for a small period of time which should resolve quickly. This is a very common Lunchtime procedure. 

How many units will I need?

Typically there is no set number of units or dosage of botox used for treating the masseter hypertrophy. The treatment much like all other areas treated by Botox/ Or Dysport varies from patient to patient. The average for most patients is  20- 25 units per side, with a great variation based on the size of the muscle.

How long will it last?

After patients are injected with 2 treatments, most patients do not need additional treatments with botox. Those that seek further contouring typically come for repeat injections every 6 months

Do I need to do anything to maintain this treatment?

A habit of chewing gum can limit the effects of this procedure. Limiting gum chewing can help with the effects. A follow-up treatment within the first 2-4 months is common, thereafter the typical treatment plan is about every 6 months per patient, although that can vary for each patient.