In our current society where looks play a role, whether we like it or not, Botox treatment in Singapore changes the game. No longer needed to rely on contouring and bronzer, which can be a hassle to apply in the mornings and is not very comfortable for men who are not familiar with wearing makeup, Botox can level the playing field for the men who are not satisfied with the way their jaw looks. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of men who are choosing to get Botox has increased to nearly half a million in 2016, and the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM) reported that there was an increase of 337% in men getting this treatment in 2000.
We can only assume that this number has steadily increased as the years go on considering the safety of this procedure and its effectiveness with nearly no downtime. At SL Aesthetic, we have been performing this treatment since 2006, giving us an edge in the field of men’s aesthetic beauty. If you are reading this article and wondering whether Botox can help you gain a better jawline, read on! We will cover:
- What jaw reduction treatment means and the role Botox plays in it
- Why men choose Botox for jaw reductions
- How many Botox treatments are needed for jaw reduction in men
- How long it lasts
- Whether jaw Botox reduction can help in jaw clenching
- Whether there will be any problems eating after jaw Botox reduction
- And how much a jaw Botox reduction for men costs in Singapore
What is Jaw Reduction Treatment?
Jaw reduction treatments or jaw slimming in Singapore are any treatment which aims to reduce the size of a person’s jaw. Some people feel as though their jaw is too ‘bulky’ and causes their face to have a rounded look instead of a more chiselled jawline, giving them reason to look for options to reduce the size of their jaw. Some others find that their jaw can feel very ‘tight’ due to the bulkiness of their jaw muscles, and chewing or opening their mouth wider can be difficult or even painful. This bulkiness or tightness often comes from the overactivity of the masseter muscle in the cheek and jawline region.
The masseter muscle connects from your cheekbones (the zygomatic arch) towards the sides of your jaw (mandible) and plays a main role in the closing of your mouth, protruding your jaw forward, and in chewing. Just like any other muscle in the body which becomes bigger when you train it hard enough, the masseter muscle becomes bulkier and overused through habits like jaw clenching. This is what causes an enlarged jawline.
Several types of treatments aim to achieve this reduced jawline:
Jawline reconstruction surgery
For those who also have a genetically inherited squarish jawline, merely addressing the masseter muscle is not enough. Individuals may choose to undergo surgery where the jaw bones itself are shaved down to look smaller. This is considered a big surgery and recovery may take up to 3 months.
Lymphatic or soft tissue massage
A lymphatic massage helps to drain away fluids that accumulate around the lymph nodes, of which many are located around the jaw and neck region. Soft tissue massages work on reducing the tension of the masseter muscle through applied pressure techniques. A combination of these can help to reduce the appearance of a bulky jaw; however, they are often temporary and tension can return quickly once the individual starts clenching their teeth again.
Jaw Botox reduction
For those who do not want to undergo a major surgery but would still like longer lasting results to reduce the tension in their masseter muscles, Botox injections in Singapore help to relax your bulky jaw muscles for visible results over time. The jaw reduction will occur gradually over 2-4 weeks and lasts 4-6 months depending on your individual condition as the Botox gradually wears off.
Do Men Need Jaw Botox Reduction?
Botox has increased in popularity in the past decade due to its ability to refine the jaw and lower part of the face. For females who are looking to create a more feminine and contoured look of their face, they may choose to combine Botox injections with dermal fillers around the cheekbone regions. This creates a youthful V-shaped look with a softer curve of the cheek to the chin.
For men, the aesthetic goal may not be to create a more feminine look but to recreate a more balanced shape of the jaw. Since the shape of a man’s face tends to be wider and squarer with the main angle created between the descent from the temple to the jaw and the jawline to the chin, any changes to that angle will create an imbalance in the face which can look unpleasant or odd to onlookers. If a man’s masseter muscles become bulkier, that affects the angle of the jawline and can make it look too square. For this reason, Botox in Singapore has become a popular option for men wanting to achieve a harmonious facial look.
How Many Botox Treatments Are Needed For Men’s Jaw Reduction?
The procedure for Botox injections are the same for both men and women. A topical numbing cream is applied over the targeted areas for a period of time, and Botox is injected into the face using a fine needle syringe. However, the main difference between men and women is that men are generally bigger in size than the fairer sex, and this applies to the size of their facial muscles as well. Men usually require a bigger dose of Botox to achieve the same results as females for muscle relaxation. On average, females may require 20-24 units of Botox on each side of the jaw, males may require 30 units or more per side. Treatments may be repeated every 6-9 months to maintain results.
Additionally, before the Botox injection is done, there will be a few steps to ensure that the procedure is done correctly.
An assessment by your doctor will be done to analyse your jawline and the presence of bulky jaw muscles, since jaw Botox reduction for men can only achieve results if the facial imbalance is caused by overactive muscles. If it happens to be a structural issue instead whereby the bone structure is causing a large jaw, or there is excessive fat around the region, then other options will be more suitable instead of Botox. Your doctor will also be able to assess how many units of Botox you will need per side of the jaw.
If you are suitable for Botox, your doctor will then map out the location where your masseter muscles overlap, specifically the areas where the muscles converge at the jaw bone. Injection to these specific points help to maximise the effect over the initial 2 to 4 weeks after the injection. The larger and more hypertrophied (stronger) your masseter muscles, the longer it might take to see the full effect of Botox.
How Long Does Jaw Botox Reduction Last for Men?
Botox will be naturally metabolised by your body at the site of the injection over time, where it is processed by the liver and kidneys before being excreted as waste products. You will find that the effects of Botox start to wear off by the 6 to 9 month mark. This is why professionals will recommend that you come in again for a maintenance session every 6 months if you want to maintain the results. Some individuals actually find that results last longer with each subsequent follow up session as the previously overactive jaw muscles become less bulky due to the Botox treatments.
Can Jaw Botox Reduction Help Jaw Clenching?
Jaw clenching and teeth grinding – also called bruxism – are typically subconscious habits that can happen at night while we sleep. This can also translate to our waking hours, where we start finding ourselves unconsciously starting to clench the jaw while at work or even while we are performing daily routines like driving around. Jaw Botox reduction in Singapore has a great side effect of reducing the occurrence of jaw clenching, since the main muscle of closing our mouth comes from the masseter muscle.
A 2019 systematic review that analysed 68 studies on Botox and bruxism found that Botox injections were effective in reducing the frequency of jaw clenching episodes, decreasing pain levels from the excessive force of closing the jaw hard, and worked better than the control groups who were treated with placebo or traditional methods.
For those experiencing jaw pain due to excessive jaw clenching, one study showed that only 8% of patients had no significant improvements in the pain scores after treatment, making it an effective choice of treatment for the remaining 92%!
Patients who had Botox injections for bruxism also showed increased ability to open their mouth (maximal mouth opening), and greater pain-free mobility of the jaw such as movement side to side (laterotrusion) and in and out (protrusion).
We also encourage individuals to help maintain the results of Botox injections by avoiding foods that are hard to chew and kicking any gum chewing habits! While Botox helps to reduce jaw clenching, taking on good mental health habits such as daily meditation can help to reduce teeth grinding that usually appears due to stress.
Will I Have Problems Eating After Jaw Botox Reduction?
There is minimal downtime after a jaw Botox reduction, other than slight redness or bumps over the injection points like mosquito bites which will typically go off on its own after a few hours and can be covered by makeup. Rarely does bruising occur, and even if they appear, they are usually concentrated over small areas and disappear within a few days. Patients can return to their daily activities right after – some people even choose to have Botox over their lunch break and return to work after that!
Minimal downtime also means that you should not have any problems eating after a jaw Botox reduction in Singapore. While your masseter muscles are involved in mastication, or chewing, you have many other muscles which create the chewing motion such as the temporalis, lateral and medial pterygoids, buccinator (also known as the kissing muscle!) and suprahyoid and infrahyoid muscles. Hence, you do not need to worry about not being able to chew or eat properly after having Botox done over your jaw. The most that usually happens is that your jaw can feel a little tired from chewing, but this is only temporary as your other muscles start to take over the chewing motion.
How Much Does a Jaw Botox Reduction for Men Cost?
Each Botox unit ranges from $15 to $19 per unit and as mentioned above, men may require 30 units or more per side of the face for effective jaw reduction. Hence, the jaw botox in singapore price can start from $600 to $850, depending on the size and strength of the jaw muscles which will require further assessment during your initial consultation. Some individuals choose to have additional treatments done to further balance out their facial features and create a well chiselled jawline, such as adding some fillers to their chin and upper cheekbone regions which can be an additional $750 to $900. Your personal preferences and aesthetic goals can be discussed with your doctor for their professional recommendations.
Botox For A More Defined You
If you are dissatisfied with the way your jawline looks, you may want to consider Botox injections in Singapore to help achieve the look that you want. After all, the way others perceive our looks can affect our self-confidence at work and in our social lives. At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we understand your aesthetic concerns and are ready to help you explore the potential of Botox for you across all our clinics across Singapore. Contact us for a consultation and book your Botox appointment today!