Q: Hi, I’m an Asian female in my late 20s. Over recent years, my jaws have become really prominent, making me look somewhat masculine and heavy. In ooking for a way to reduce the angle of my jaw, I found the masseter reduction technique with botox injections on the internet. Since I don’t want to change my bone structure, I am considering Botox as a solution. My only concern is how much the cost would be. Could you please let me know the range of cost? Thank you so much!
A: There are two options for prominent jaw angle reduction, surgical jaw angle bone reduction and pharmacologic masseter muscle shrinking. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. Which is better for any patient depends on their bone and muscle anatomy and what type of result and effort that one wants to go through.
Botox injections, in my Indianapolis plastci surgery experience, can be an effective masseter muscle reduction method. My protocol is 50 unit injections (25 units per side) into the muscle at the angle done every four months for one year. After three injection sessions, some permanent muscle reduction will be seen. Whether maintenance injections are needed is determined on an individual basis. Cost can be determined by knowing what the provider charges per unit and simply do the math. In general, the costs are around $750 per injection session.