Facial Slimming With BOTOX® Cosmetic: How Does It Work & Is It Right for You?

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Did you know you can achieve a slimmer jawline and relieve jaw pain using only BOTOX? As a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, I frequently use BOTOX to help men and women sculpt a slimmer facial shape without surgery. While you may be familiar with BOTOX for its wrinkle-smoothing abilities, this popular neuromodulator is one of the most effective treatments for relaxing overworked jaw muscles and revealing a more youthful and attractive facial shape.

In this blog post, I will explain how the treatment works and answer a few commonly asked questions to help you understand whether this innovative treatment is right for you.

What Is Facial Slimming With BOTOX?

Facial slimming with BOTOX is an injectable treatment that relaxes the masseter muscle to create a slimmer, more “V-line” face shape. It offers the added benefit of reducing some TMJ (temporomandibular joint) or TMD (temporomandibular disorder) symptoms, including headaches and jaw discomfort.

How Does Facial Slimming With BOTOX Work?

The masseter muscle is the muscle in our jaw that is responsible for chewing and talking. When it becomes overdeveloped, it creates a wide or square face shape. This often happens as a result of chewing gum, grinding the teeth (bruxism), or clenching the jaw.

BOTOX interrupts the signals from your brain that tell the masseter muscle to contract, allowing it to relax. This jaw relaxation makes the jawline appear narrower and eases some of the discomfort caused by muscle tension.

What To Expect at Your Appointment

BOTOX treatments are typically quick and require little to no downtime. Your appointment begins with a consultation with your injector to discuss your goals and make sure the treatment is right for you.

After cleaning your skin, your injector administers BOTOX directly into your masseter muscles through a short series of quick injections. Most people say these injections feel like small pinches. Most people need between 20 and 30 units on each side of the face to see the best results.

Once your treatment is complete, you are free to return to your usual routine right away. In fact, this treatment is so quick and minimally invasive that you can even have this done on your lunch break.

Is Facial Slimming With BOTOX Right for Me?

This treatment is ideal for both men and women looking for a slimmer jawline without major downtime.

For more dramatic facial sculpting results, you may choose to enhance your results with treatments such as:

  • Chin augmentation surgery: This surgery places an implant in your chin to improve its projection and height.
  • Dermal fillers: Injectable fillers, especially in the cheeks, may further elevate and enhance your facial contours.

Ultimately, the best way to determine whether BOTOX is the right facial slimming treatment for you is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery.

To learn more about BOTOX from a plastic surgeon in San Francisco, please contact us online or call (415) 441-1888.

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