What Causes Bulky Jaws and The Best Jaw Reduction Treatments

What Causes Bulky Jaws and The Best Jaw Reduction Treatments

As we age our faces subtly change. Our skin loses elasticity, fat pads move and bone density decreases. One area that is particularly susceptible to these changes is the jawline. For some people, this can lead to a more jowly appearance, or even a double chin. While there are surgical procedures available to address this issue, they can be expensive and invasive. Fortunately, there are also a number of non-surgical jaw reduction treatments that can help reduce the appearance of a saggy jawline.

 

What Causes a Bulky Jaw?

The first step is to identify what is causing the saggy jawline.  One of the most common causes is a loss of underlying fat. In many cases, decreased collagen production paired with a loss of natural volume in the face can lead to a jowly or double chin appearance.

Another cause of a bigger jaw is overworking the masseter muscles.  These muscles are located directly under your cheekbones. When you clench or grind your teeth, the masseter muscles contract. Over time this can lead to an enlargement of these muscles and can contribute to a jowly appearance.

What are the Best Non-Surgical Treatments for Jaw Reduction?

BTX Treatments for Jaw Reduction

One of the most popular treatments for reducing a saggy jawline is BTX (botulinum toxin). When injected into the masseter muscles, BTX can help to weaken them and lead to a reduced appearance of the jowls.

How Do BTX Treatments for Jaw Reduction Work? 

The BTX is injected into the masseter muscles using a very fine needle. The cosmetic doctor will then massage the muscle to help distribute the toxin. The BTX works by blocking the nerve signals to the muscles, leading to temporary paralysis. This in turn will cause the muscles to weaken and atrophy.

What are the Risks of BTX Treatment for Jaw Reduction?

As with any medical procedure, there are always risks associated with BTX injections. However, when performed by a qualified doctor, the risks are minimal. Some of the potential side effects include:

-Temporary bruising

-Swelling

-Pain

-Redness

What Can I Expect During Treatment?

A typical BTX treatment for a bulky jaw usually lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.

First, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the targeted areas.

Then, a fine needle will be used to inject the BTX into the masseter muscles. The therapist may also choose to inject some of the toxin into other facial muscle groups that contribute to your jowls as well as those that give you a tired appearance (such as the lateral brow).

After injection, you should expect some mild swelling and discomfort for up to 24 hours after treatment. You should plan to spend this time relaxing at home while icing any swollen or sore spots. You can expect tenderness in treated areas for up to two weeks; however, the discomfort should dissipate with time.

Ultherapy for Jaw Reduction

Ultherapy is another non-invasive treatment that can be used to reduce the appearance of a saggy jawline.

How Does Ultherapy for Jaw Reduction Work?

Ultherapy works by using high-frequency ultrasound waves to stimulate the production of collagen. This in turn will help to firm and tighten the skin, leading to a reduction in jowls and a more youthful appearance.

 

Dermal Fillers for Jaw Reduction

Another option for anyone looking to rejuvenate their jawline is dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can help to add volume and contour to sagging cheeks and jowls, leading to a more sculpted appearance.

 

How Do They Work?

 

Theyare usually made out of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring element in our bodies. These injectable treatments work by plumping up the tissue in your face, adding definition to your cheekbones, jawline, and chin.

Choosing a Treatment for Jaw Reduction

The best way to determine which jaw reduction treatment is right for you is by having an initial consultation with one or more qualified cosmetic doctors. During the visit, they will be able to assess your unique needs and recommend the optimal solution for your particular concerns. This may involve combining treatments such as Ultherapy with BTX injections or using dermal fillers alone.

Danny White