botox

The three major brands of botulinum toxin in the US

When Botox was originally made available to treat wrinkles caused by overactive lines, the focus was on the forehead, the “11’s” between the eyebrows and the crow’s feet around the eyes. With time and, quite frankly, trial and error, more areas are being treated. For example, the upper lip can be treated for fine wrinkles around the mouth and even a “gummy smile.” An area that I’ve been receiving many requests for lately is the jawline.

Why the jawline?

Some patients want their jawline to have a less masculine appearance, some want to remove unwanted wrinkles. Believe it or not, there is a way to make a downturned smile become upturned with treatment along the jawline. Not only that, but some patients have a “golf ball” texture to their chin and this can also be treated with Botox to the jawline, specifically the chin. Along the corners of the jaw, Botox can be injected to reduce the size of the muscles that give women an unwanted “strong” or more masculine jawline.

Muscles involved

There are several muscles involved in treating the jawline. To reduce the bulk of the muscle along the angles of the jaw, Botox is injected into the masseter muscle. You can still chew your food because there are other muscles involved in the process of chewing, also known as mastication. To make a downturned smile become an upturned smile, Botox is injected on either side of the chin to relax the depressor muscles. And finally, to correct the golf ball appearance of the chin, Botox can be injected into the mentalis muscle.

In other words, Botox has become a very versatile aesthetic “weapon” of choice! Click here to find a plastic surgeon and their pricing of Botox in your area.

Click here for the original blog post written by Dr. Jonathan Kaplan for BuildMyBod.