Can Botox Be Used for Face Slimming?


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Botox for face slimming

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Botox can be used in the lower face for patients with a hypertrophic (thickened) masseter muscle.  This is muscle that is used to clenc the jaw.  By relaxing the masseter muscle in the appropriate patient,  a prominent lower face/ jawline can be slimmed.  Botox will not help a full face caused by increased fat in the cheeks.


Manhattan Dermatologist

4 Tips to Get Best Results for Botox Facial Sculpting

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Botox can be used to sculpt facial shape.  Botox can be used reduce the bulk of the masster muscle, thus slimming or narrowing the outer jaw dimension.  However, in those individuals with moderate jowls or thick neck, it is prudent not to inject botox in the masseter as shruken jaw will accentuate the saggy jowl or thickened neck appearance.

As such, the best ways use to botox to sculpt the face, in my experience, are the following:

1.  Careful aesthetic analysis of the face, noting presence of moderage jowling or thickened neck.  If they are present, it is bes to treat the thickened neck instead with botox, rather than injecting the jaw instead.

2.  injecting primiarly the lower one third of the masseter.  Injecting high up on the masseter often creates a hollow appearance below the zygomatic arch, making the face look gaunt and sunken.

3.  confirming the jaw dimension is due to the muscle, not fatty or bone hypertrophy.  Excess fat requires liposuction, whereas large bone requires reduction to get best results.

4.  Volume sculpting of other parts of the face.  Chin or apple cheek augmentation with fillers, when done appropriately, will often create a slender, more slimming looking face, in conjunction with botox as well.

George Sun, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

Yes! As can filler tricks!

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I love using Botox for face slimming, because some patients don't have enough cheekbones and most of the facial tissue is on the lower half of the face. If this is not the face contour that you like, you can use Botox in what is known as the masseter muscles. This helps debunk some of the puffiness that is along the Jawline. 


 Another great trick is to please fillers to increase the density of bone on the cheek bones. Known as the zygomatic arch, this area when lift it can create a more triangular appearance to the face. There is an optical trick to take away the attention from the tissue in the bottom and to keep it focused on the cheek bones on top! 


 Fun to do with great results. Best of luck to you! 

Tanya Kormeili, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologist

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It can soften your jawline to create a slimmer looking face

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Botox can relax prominent masseter muscles, which would make them less visible and thus slim down your jawline. 

Botox for face slimming

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Botox is not able to reduce the fat component of the cheeks but if there is hypertrophy of the masseter muscles Botox can be used to decrease the mass of the muscle.by doing this the cheek slims down.

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Botox for facial slimming

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In women who have the appearance of a wide, masculine jawline due to increased masseter muscle bulk, Botox can be used to thin out the muscle.  This application of Botox is most common among Asians.  As this is a less common application of Botox, it is important to find a knowledgeable, experienced injector.

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Botox for face slimming requires special expertise

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Botox can be used in a specific way to make the lower portion of the face narrower, by reducing the size of the masseter muscle. That is the muscle you can feel just above back half of the jaw when you clench your teeth. It is commonly done in Asia but less common in other regions, so you want to find an injector with specific experience. The dose is more than typically used for facial wrinbkles so it will cost a bit more.

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Use of Botox to make the face appear more slender

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Botox is commonly used to decrease the bulk of the masseter muscle which is the muscle that bulges when you clench your jaws. This gives the appearance of a more slender jawline.

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Botox and face slimming

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Botox can be used on hypertrophic masseter muscle to eventually cause facial slimming if the muscle is truly hypertrophic.

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