The shape of our jaw can largely affect the overall facial balance; The facial profile, structure, and features can appear out of proportion if the jaw size is disharmonious. This could be due to the bone structure of your face or muscles (masseter) that are used for chewing. If a square jaw is caused by enlargement and hyperactivity of these muscles at the angle of the jaw, it can be improved and corrected with Botulinum Toxin A injections (BOTOX). If the jaws and jaw angles are small, it can be improved and corrected using dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers. This is an ideal procedure to alter the feminine or masculine balance of the face depending on the desired result. Dr Samizadeh, clinical director of Revivify London and dental surgeon, is an expert in treating the jaw, and has presented nationally and internationally on the subject.
Over developed or square shaped jaws
Cultural aesthetic values vary worldwide, for example in Asia, it is a very common procedure for men and women to treat square jaws to obtain a more oval, delicate lower facial contour. However, in the west, we see a well structured jaw as a reflection of youth and beauty in both men and women. and a well defined square jaw as a masculine feature. The appearance of a square jaw may be due to over development of the jaw (masseter) muscles. This may be due to diet, excessive chewing gum consumption or teeth grinding or other medical issues such as salivary gland diseases and other dental issues. Therefore, these must be eliminated by your medical aesthetic practitioner as underlying causes prior to treatment.
The over used masseter muscles can be treated with muscle relaxing, Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) injections. This reduces the muscle size noticeably, thus giving a less square shaped jaw contour. This treatment also extends to helping treat jaw pain, and reduce teeth grinding ( bruxism) which can have deleterious effects on the teeth if left untreated.
Case study showing an asymmetric square jaw treated with Botulinum Toxin A injections leading to a softer jaw shape.
Underdeveloped or small jaws
Underdeveloped or small jaws, or loss of definition due to weight loss or ageing may disturb the harmony of the face and make other parts of the face such as the nose appear out of proportion. Definition and contouring of the chin can be achieved by carefully placed hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers. Dermal fillers last from 12-18 months, and are naturally degraded by the body over time. This non invasive procedure has little downtime, is done under topical anesthetic and can help avoid the need for surgical interventions such as jaw implants in mild to moderate cases.
At Revivify London, we strive to achieve facial harmony, and will look carefully at your facial proportions and work accordingly to improve them. We can also offer advanced computer simulation to show how your results may look following the procedure.
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