The jaw can become bulky and more pronounced as a result of many years of tooth grinding or as a result of genetics.
The masseter muscles (define your jaw profile) combined with the muscles in your temples and the jaw joints (the “TMJ”s) all work together to enable you to open and close your mouth. They help you to chew and to speak. But when they are used too much all kinds of problems can occur. These problems can be sore jaw muscles, headaches in the temples, sore teeth, jaw clicking and locking, diminished jaw motion, ear pain that occurs without an ear problem being identified, and more. What’s more, the size and shape of your jawline can change.
There are many daytime jaw overuse behaviors. Chewing gum, biting your nails or cuticles gnawing on a pencil, or simply clenching your teeth together will engage your muscles. When your teeth come together, you are making a fist in your face. Imagine what can happen after hours of making that fist on a daily basis. During sleep, teeth clenching and grinding can occur for a multitude of reason, most of which are out of your control.
Treatment cannot change the behaviors or risk factors that can cause your jaw to change shape. They don’t cure the source of the problem. In order for that to happen, you must stop overusing your jaw muscles.
Here’s the good news:
The treatment options are many :sleep hygiene programs, prescription medications, deep breathing exercises employed during the day and before bedtime, oral appliance strategies that introduce different appliance designs during the course of the week, jaw and neck exercise programs and Botox injections.
Botox for Jaw reduction
Botox injections in the jaw reduce the size and shape of the jaw.
Here’s the bottom line: Botox, after several injection sessions, can prevent the jaw muscles from contracting forcefully. That leads to more slender and less bulky muscles. Botox injections can return your face to its previous proportions. But, if you want long-term success Botox must be surrounded by other supportive and complementary care. Because if you don’t stop and/or reduce your daytime jaw muscle overuse and sleep bruxism, your jaw muscles will inevitably bulk up again.
Though incredibly popular with men, a strong and pronounced jawline is not so desirable among many women. Often we are asked if there is a way to taper and modify the jawline for a more feminine facial shape.
Finally, there is a way to attain a softer jawline- more youthful in appearance- without surgery.
Dr. Zoe Filyk, at LaserMedica, utilizes a subtle and artistic approach with Botox Cosmetic to narrow the jawline. Botox is injected into the masseter muscles, or “chewing” muscles, thus reducing their prominence.
” Over the course of a couple Botox Cosmetic treatments the jaw becomes slimmer and less pronounced.”