Botox jaw line reduction - risks & side effects
Hello, I'm Planning a Jaw Line Reduction with Botox. How Big is the Risk That my Smile Will Be Affected?
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Botox to Slim Jawline
If you see a highly qualified and experienced Botox injector, the results of Botox for jawline reduction can be quite positive.
Botox for Jawline Reduction
As a board-certified dermatologist and expert injector, I recommend you find an experienced Botox injector for jawline reduction. When injected by an expert into the masseter muscle, Botox can effectively slim the jawline without affecting the smile. If your smile is affected, this result will eventually wear off as the Botox does.
Jaw line reduction
We don't think that the risk is high but it can happen. If it does it could last for about 4 months. It has to be done by an experienced injector.
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Not if done correctly
Botox can be administered directly into the masseter muscles by an experienced surgeon. The masseter muscles are larger muscles located at the angle of the jaw, and injecting 15-30 units into each side will give a facial "slimming" effect. The nerves that affect the smile are much deeper than superficial masseter injections.
Botox Jawline Correction
Botox for the masseter muscle requires precision. The reason is that the nerve that innervates the face is located very close to the injection site. I have seen patients who have had unintended facial paresis (facial droop) from experienced injectors in which it lasted near 6-8 months.
Fortunately, I have never had a facial droop after a masseter injection. Seek an experienced botox masseter injector and the likelihood of a facial droop is likely low.
Jaw line reduction
Botox affecting a smile
In experienced hands the injection of Botox into the masseteric muscles is not an issue. Experience is needed as many of the branches of the facial nerve cross the area of interest in the procedure you are mentioning. It is important to be seen by a surgical facial specialist who understands the anatomy (has taken it all apart and placed it back together - in the living).
Be healthy and be well,
James M. Ridgway, MD, FACS
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