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Masseter reduction refers to a jaw reduction procedure where the lower muscle of the face, the masseter muscle, is reduced in size or prominence. Patients who desire a softer facial shape, mostly females who feel they have a manly appearance, can enjoy a rounder, smoother facial appearance and improved facial balance. In some cases, an overly large masseter muscle can cause pain or other discomfort that even radiates to other surrounding tissues. Reducing the size of this muscle can eliminate this discomfort.

While many are simply born with a larger lower jaw muscle, some personal habits can contribute to an enlarged jaw muscle. Excessive gum chewing, habitually chewing hard items like ice or tougher meats can all lead to an enlarged masseter muscle. Stress can lead to bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding) which can cause an enlarged masseter muscle and localized pain. In severe cases, surgery can reduce the size of this jaw formation and muscle to provide permanent relief from symptoms. Dr. Eric Cerrati is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who can perform this surgery if needed.

Non-Surgical Masseter Reduction with Botox®

There is also a non-surgical technique for reducing an overly large jawline using Botox®. This popular neuromodulator injectable weakens the masseter muscle over time, reducing its size and activity and creating a more rounded contour to the lower jawline. Patients typically notice a softening of the masseter muscle by one week and noticeable changes to the jawline by six weeks. This treatment can produce long-term benefits, but not permanent changes. Injections can be repeated as needed for continued treatment.

Dr. Cerrati is an expert cosmetic enhancement professional with extensive knowledge about using injectables, including neuromodulators like Botox. Neuromodulators are not fillers, as they restrict the nerve signals to an area to lessen the movement of a muscle. Popular to erase wrinkles and hard lines on the face, this use of Botox has seen wide success, especially since it requires no surgery or downtime.

Contact our practice now to arrange your masseter reduction consultation with Dr. Cerrati at his Salt Lake City or South Jordan offices.

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Justin G.

Dr. Cerrati is AMAZING at what he does! He is very professional, personable, and always makes sure you are comfortable during your procedures. After seeing 3 other physicians and having procedures done to help open my nasal passages, Dr. Cerrati came up with a different solution that actually worked. He is very meticulous and precise with all of his work and my facial injections were nearly painless. He does great work, I highly recommend!

Dustee L.

Dr. Cerrati, Nani and the entire staff made my day today! I put my wallet on the hood of my car and drove off with it there on my way to my appointment this morning. By the time I realized what I had done my wallet was long gone. I ended up being 20 minutes late for my appointment (which I absolutely hate) and the staff was nothing but understanding and so so nice when I told them what happened. It was my first experience in the office but absolutely not my last! Not only am I impressed with the way I was treated but they did an amazing job!! My appointment was short and sweet with a job well done and I couldn't help but leave with happy tears in my eyes. Kind people are the best!!!

Hunter G.

Dr. Cerrati is absolutely amazing! I was so happy with my fillers that I received. Definitely will be returning to him again! I trust him and recommended him 100% to all my family and friends. He always does his best to make sure his patients come out with the best possible outcome!

Cara T.

I had rhinoplasty with Dr. Cerrati. From my initial consultation though my follow ups, Dr. Cerrati listened to me. I got the exact result I had hoped for which was quite subtle. My recovery was way better than I expected. I needed one pain pill and was not in much pain at all. His MA came into the office on Xmas Eve to remove my cast so I could be out and about without a cast. I also had very little bruising. His staff is awesome. Haley was so responsive in helping me to schedule surgery. She actually responded to my email at 6:15 am and answered every inquiry I had. I had a nosebleed unrelated to my surgery and Dr. Cerrati made sure to squeeze me in on one of surgery dates just to make sure everything was okay. He is calm, knowledgeable and skilled. I was completely at ease throughout the process. I researched thoroughly before choosing him. I liked that he is younger with updated techniques and that he specializes in facial surgery. Highly recommend.

Brittany H.

I came to see Dr. Cerrati after having a total Thyroidectomy earlier this year. The surgery didn't go as planned and I had to have a few other emergency surgeries right after. The scarring from all the surgeries didn't look very good and I had some tethering underneath that needed to be taken care of. Dr. Cerrati was great about explaining everything that would be done to remove the scar tissue and reclose the skin. I also had lots of anxiety about having another surgery since I had such a bad experience last time. Dr. Cerrati and the staff were very understanding and accommodating about my anxiety. I am very pleased with the way my scar looks now. I am confident that the scar will fade considerably and it will hardly be noticeable. I do feel like there were some communication issues when I would call in but I believe that it was not the doctor's fault and that it was more overall staffing issues. Just make sure you talk to the right people and get the phone numbers for his nurse and then all will go great!

Laurie S.

Dr. Cerrati and his staff are amazing!! They made me feel so comfortable from the start of my appointment. I can already see the results of my Botox and love it!! I definitely recommend him to all my friends!!