Jawline Reduction w/o Altering Jaw Muscle

Is it possible to file down the jaw bone and leave the jaw muscle alone?

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Jaw Reduction without Altering Jaw Muscle

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Hi debz,

Yes, jaw reduction may be performed without directly modifying the jaw or masseter muscle. A large jaw can make the lower face square or more masculine, which is less desired by women. Options generally include reducing the size of the jaw muscle and/or bone. 

Botox Cosmetic has been used to slim the jawline by reducing the masseter muscle on the sides of the jaw, thus avoiding plastic surgery. Results with Botox are typically seen after several weeks and maintained for several months. If large jaw is due to bone, then plastic surgery would be required to slim the jaw line. Jaw bone reduction is typically performed via incisions inside the mouth while under general anesthesia. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can a plastic surgeon help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki

Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Jaw Line Reduction

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Without "before" pictures, it is impossible for use to give you specific advice.  In some cases, the appearance of the jaw line can be reduced with Botox Cosmetic as an off-label treatment.  If you are a candidate for this procedure it would be much less invasive than surgery to reduce the jaw.  

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