One of the strongest muscles in the face is the masseter muscle, which is responsible for moving the lower jaw. Running from the cheekbone down to the mandible or lower jaw, it also impacts the shape of the face. When the masseter muscles become overdeveloped, they can create a wider, square jaw. This can make the face more masculine, which may not be desirable for women and even some men.
To reduce the size of the masseter muscle to create a narrower jaw, non-surgical cosmetic treatments can be performed. At City Facial Plastics, we offer non-surgical masseter reductions at our clinic in Manhattan. While jaw alterations can be performed through surgery, reducing the size of the masseter muscles is often performed with a non-invasive treatment that only requires a quick office visit. Dr. Gary Linkov is our experienced facial plastic surgeon who can perform either a surgical or non-surgical masseter reduction. If a non-invasive approach will achieve the results desired, Dr. Linkov is quick to recommend that treatment plan instead of surgery.
Botox Injections for Masseter Reduction
One of the most effective treatments to reduce the size of the jaw muscles are Botox® injections. Often, the masseter muscles become larger due to over-contraction of the jaw muscles. Clenching the jaw or teeth grinding (bruxism) at night can overdevelop the masseter muscles. By using Botox injections, the muscles can be relaxed, allowing them to shrink in size. To achieve the desired results, a series of Botox treatments may be needed. However, unlike Botox treatment for wrinkles, once the masseter muscles shrink, it is not always necessary to continue Botox injections to maintain results.
If your jaw has become wider and squared, masseter reduction can restore a more feminine heart or oval face shape. Contact City Facial Plastics in NYC to learn more about masseter reduction and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Linkov.