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.