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Are you bothered by a weak jawline or fullness in your lower face? These might be opposing concerns, but they are both factors that can alter the shape and appearance of a person’s face. Luckily, if you are bothered by these characteristics, they are both easily treated with injectable fillers and botulinum toxin products.
The first step in your jawline and chin contouring procedure will be to determine whether you want to slim certain features, augment your facial contours, or a little bit of both.
Non-surgical jawline and chin contouring can be achieved with dermal fillers to add volume and redefine the contours of your lower face. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can improve the appearance of a weak chin and lift sagging skin that results from volume loss as the skin ages. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the skin, and it provides a plumping effect that firms the skin and adds structure.
When neuromodulators like Botox are injected into the jaw muscles, you can slim your jawline and overall facial appearance. Neuromodulators temporarily relax the muscles, preventing them from contracting and moving. Over time, Botox injections will weaken the masseter muscles used for chewing, making them less pronounced. An added benefit of this procedure (and alternative use for Botox) is that you can also relieve pain from TMJ disorder which involves teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If the muscles in your jaw are weakened, less pressure can be exerted when you clench your jaw.
Most patients who wish to enhance the contours of their face or slim down their jawline are candidates for this procedure. Since hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body, an allergic reaction is not likely but it is possible to have an allergy to the botulinum toxin found in Botox. At your consultation, Dr. Rau or Amy will ask about any allergies you might have as well as medications you take to determine whether you are a candidate for jawline and chin contouring.
Recovery from injectable procedures is minimal. Mild injection site bruising and soreness is common but will resolve within a few days. The results of neuromodulators often develop in a few days. Depending on the type of filler used, you may see immediate results or gradual improvements over the course of a few weeks or months.