If you have always wanted to sculpt your jawline but haven’t been sure about committing to surgery, you’ve likely heard the buzz over the last few years about non-surgical jawline contouring with BOTOX and fillers. This versatile approach works for people of all ages, genders, and facial shapes, making a sleek and sharp jawline more attainable than ever.
How does the treatment actually work, and does it live up to expectations? In this blog post, I’ll share a few insights into the science behind the non-surgical jawline contouring approach.
Can BOTOX Really Reduce Your Jawline?
Yes, BOTOX really can slim down your jaw. There is a muscle that runs from your cheekbone down to your jawline on either side of your face called the masseter muscle. The masseter is responsible for chewing, talking, and other jaw movements.
Just as you can bulk out your arms if you work them especially hard in the gym, you can bulk out your masseter if you work it especially hard, too. This usually happens due to stress, habitual teeth clenching, teeth grinding (bruxism), and even frequent gum chewing.
An overdeveloped masseter typically creates a wider jawline and a squarer face shape overall. This isn’t ideal for everyone, women especially, but BOTOX provides a great solution.
How Does BOTOX Jawline Slimming Work?
When we inject BOTOX directly into the masseter muscle, it works the way it does in any other muscle. After a few days of latency, it relaxes the muscle and limits how much it can contract. Over time, this allows the masseter muscle to relax, restoring your jawline to a more V-line shape. One study found results peaked about 12 weeks after injection.
This sometimes has a bonus effect of reducing symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD), which may include jaw pain and headaches.
Learn more about how BOTOX works to treat various other concerns in this blog post.
How Does Jawline Contouring With Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers add volume just below the skin. In the jawline, they’re used to enhance the definition of the jawline to give it a crisp edge and create a clear separation between the face and neck. They can also build up the chin and jawline to frame the face in a more flattering way.
How To Get a Perfectly Sculpted Jawline
While there is no such thing as a “perfect” jawline, there are ways to sculpt your most attractive jawline using BOTOX and fillers:
- Jawline slimming with BOTOX to correct a bulky masseter
- Enhancing jawline definition with fillers
- Chin fillers to perfect your face’s frame and proportions
- Cheek fillers to balance the width of the jawline
- KYBELLA® to dissolve unwanted volume under the chin
You can see real examples of how KYBELLA transforms the jawline in my before-and-after photo gallery.
Together, these treatments should give you a sharper and more sculpted jawline without surgery. However, your ideal treatment plan may vary depending on your anatomy and goals. It’s best to meet one-on-one with a facial plastic surgeon to talk about your specific features and how to bring out the very best in them.