Do you have a large, square jaw that gives your appearance an unappealing look? You’re not alone. A lot of people are unhappy with the size and shape of their jawline. Fortunately, there are non-surgical jaw reduction treatments to address your concerns.
What Causes Large or Bulky Jaws?
Jaws are primarily composed of bone. While most people agree that genetic factors play a big role in how large or bulky a person’s jaw is, there are other factors besides heredity that can contribute to the size and shape of your jawbone. A jaw may appear larger if it has excess tissue alongside its structure; this makes the face look unbalanced. There are also some cases when the muscles attached to the jaw do not relax properly, which will also make the face appear much bulkier than normal. In addition, a diet high in calcium as well as dairy products can accelerate bone growth and encourage buck teeth (which makes jaws appear bigger).
Using BTX Treatment for Jaw Reduction
Injections for jaw reduction is a type of non-surgical treatment that can effectively make the jaws appear smaller and thinner. It is also called botulinum toxin, or BTX. It works by blocking the release of neuromuscular neurotransmitters from nerve endings which causes relaxation of muscle fibers. Personalized use of BTX has been known to work wonders on people suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding), migraines, excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) as well as other problems that may be linked with masseter muscles.
How does Jaw Reduction BTX Treatment Works?
This treatment works by relaxing the muscles in your jaw. During this process, a doctor will inject small quantities of BTX into these masseter muscles to reduce their size. This way, you can get that smooth and even facial profile you’ve always wanted. There is no need for an incision because the injections are administered directly between the affected muscle and skin layers below it. It is not known yet as to why there is a decrease in muscle volume after the administration of BTX with regards to jaw reduction, but some studies suggest that its effects on nerve impulses help in reducing muscle tension resulting from bruxism or grinding teeth while sleeping.
Like other non-surgical treatments aimed at reshaping fat or soft tissues, such as injections, the procedure for jaw reduction is done with very little discomfort. The patient is awake during the whole process and does not experience any pain because there are no incisions involved. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of this method over surgery is that it provides faster recovery time and minimal to no bleeding as compared to other surgical procedures conducted on the same area. Some doctors recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to make your recovery time even more comfortable.
Are You a Candidate?
Numerous people have undergone this treatment due to their dissatisfaction with either their jaw’s size or shape. People who suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding while sleeping can also undergo this treatment to make the jaw muscles appear smaller and thinner. However, before you go under the needle, you should consult with a doctor about your specific condition so that he/she could evaluate whether or not this treatment would be appropriate for your case.
What Can I Expect?
Some people will experience mild swelling right after their session but it should subside within two days time; others may feel discomfort around the affected area which can be treated by applying ice packs to the affected area. A physician will recommend light rest immediately following your injections for jaw reduction; complete relaxation of face muscles is required prior to administering BTX for optimal results. Results are visible 72 hours after the procedure, but optimal results are achieved after about three weeks.