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Botox to weaken jaw muscle?
I have pretty big jaw muscles which can be seen when I chew and easy to detect if you feel them. I had an oral surgeon awhile ago (who took out my wisdom teeth) that remarked several times on how strong my jaw muscles are, and that it's probably a result of a lot of gum chewing.
I've read recently that Botox has been very effective in making the jaw muscle weaker, and thus making a broad jaw smaller. It seems to work very well on women. Is it permanent, or would it need to be re-done like other Botox procedures do? Can you recommend any experienced surgeons in the U.S. (preferably in the WV/Western MD/southern PA area) who can perform this, as well as provide a price range?
Also: I plan to have possible chin/cheek augmentations in the future. Will these procedures help reduce the appearance of a prominent jaw?
I have been doing Botox to reduce the size of the chewing muscle (masseter) and therefore reduce the size of the cheeks for a few years now. Most of my patients grind their teeth and Botox has worked phenomenally well to break their habit. Usually you do it a few times and people stop grinding - their brain stops using teeth grinding as a stress response. The change in size of the cheek is very significant. Cost varies, but on average a treatment is about $520 and the patients need 2 to 3 treatments.
Yes, it is possible to inject Botox into the jaw muscles to help reduce their bulk. This is not the most common use of Botox, but it useful. If you post/send a photo, we can give you a better recommendation regarding a chin implant or cheek augmentation. Good luck.
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