Face Slimming Surgery
Has your face seemed to widen as you get older? The masseter muscles are the largest of the jaw muscles, responsible for opening and closing the mouth. When you chew or clench your jaw, the masseter muscles apply the pressure. Over the years, some people experience masseter muscle growth, making their face and jaw appear wider. Dr. Aleksandr Shteynberg at Vantage Plastic Surgery offers face slimming surgery and masseter reduction treatments at our clinics in NYC.
The masseter muscles connect the lower jaw to the skull and run on the outside of the jaw. When the masseter muscles become pronounced, the jaw can appear square and masculine, and the face wider or round. This can appear more masculine, which is not always desirable. For those that want a more heart-shaped or oval face that is more feminine, the square or wide jaw can be undesirable. To create a slimmer face and jaw, masseter reduction treatment or surgery can be performed.
Dr. Aleksandr Shteynberg is a double board certified plastic surgeon who can perform masseter reduction with non-surgical treatments or surgery. For some patients, non-surgical options are preferred, especially when only a slight decrease in size is needed. Botox® injections can be used to relax the masseter muscles in the jaw, resulting in shrinking over the following months. This can be a permanent solution unless jaw use increases the muscle size again after the Botox wears off.
Masseter reduction, or face slimming surgery, is used when the masseter muscles are extremely oversized or more significant reduction is needed. This surgery is performed by accessing the jaw and masseter muscle through the inside of the cheek. Depending on the amount of reduction needed, Dr. Shteynberg may surgically reduce the size of the masseter muscle, perform jaw shaving to slim the jawbone, or both.
Masseter reduction, or face slimming surgery, can reshape the face for a narrower jaw and lower face. This can create a more feminine appearance, which many people desire. If you want to learn more about face slimming procedures, contact us at Vantage Plastic Surgery. We can book a consultation with Dr. Shteynberg at our clinic in Manhattan or Brooklyn.