Non-Surgical Jaw Reduction

An excessive wide jaw gives a “square” shape to the face. While the square jaw may be desirable in men, it is not a feminine appearance. In the past, surgery was the only remedy but now there is a non-surgical jaw reduction using Botox.

If you place your hands at the angle of your jaws as you clench your teeth down, you will feel the bulging and hardness of a muscle. This muscle is called the masseter. Botox can weaken the masseter muscle significantly reducing its size and narrowing the lower part of the face. A side benefit is the definition of the cheeks, which become highlighted as the masseter is reduced. By blocking the action of this selected muscle, very much like in treating wrinkles, we can cause the eventual atrophy (loss of muscle size). Our New York cleints generally notice softening of the masseter muscle at one week and softening of the jawline at around 6-8 weeks. Some researchers have noticed “permanent changes” to the jaw line in 2-3 treatments. However, it is advised that patients expect long term benefit but not permanent changes. Patients with underlying bruxism, clenching of the teeth, have strengthened muscles and may need longer treatments.