Masseter Muscle Botox (Face Slimming and Jaw Reduction).
The masseter muscle, which is the muscle we chew with, has an often profound influence on facial appearance. This muscle works just like another other muscle in the body. It can bulk up if you exercise it. This can leave someone with an over-developed chewing muscle and a less desirable square face. When this muscle becomes enlarged, usually in patients who grind or clench their teeth, it can dramatically change the shape of your lower face. For example, an oversized masseter can make an oval face appear square. It can also cause facial asymmetry by making one side of your jaw more prominent than the other.
The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the bones of your skull and moves your jaw up and down. It is fairly common to have problems with this joint (known as temporomandibular disorder or TMD) and this can cause a number of different symptoms including:
- Pain in the jaw, cheek, temple, neck and back
- Locking of the jaw
- Clicking or popping
- Problems when chewing
The possible causes of TMD include:
- Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching)
- Wear and tear or injury to the jaw joint
- A misaligned bite
WHAT IS THE MASSETER MUSCLE?
The masseter muscle is present on both sides of the face, near the outer cheek and jawline. While it plays a role in several facial expressions and functions, it is primarily involved in chewing, and opening and closing the jaw.
WHAT CAUSES THE MASSETER TO BECOME ENLARGED?
Having a prominent or enlarged masseter muscle can make men and women feel that their face shape is too wide or square. This can not only make a person feel less attractive, but it can also contribute to a heavier overall look, even when the patient is not overweight. Furthermore, having one masseter that is larger than the other can result in a noticeable asymmetry of the face.
Regardless of why the masseter becomes enlarged, BOTOX injection is likely to be an effective solution for restoring a more symmetric and appealing face shape.
HOW DOES BOTOX INJECTION SLIM YOUR FACE?
BOTOX is a well-known injectable neurotoxin that works by temporarily paralyzing the muscle. You may be familiar with the use of BOTOX for smoothing out dynamic lines on the forehead and face, but there are several additional applications for this exciting product. For patients with a wide or square face due to enlarged masseter muscles, BOTOX injection can help to reduce the size of the muscle, resulting in a slimmer, more attractive face shape. When BOTOX is injected into the masseter muscle to relax or “freeze” it, it will begin to atrophy and decrease in size over time. As the muscle shrinks and thins out, patients will achieve a more ideal, slim face.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS AFTER MASSETER BOTOX INJECTION?
BOTOX takes several days to bind to the neuroreceptors and freeze the muscle. When used to relax forehead lines, patients typically achieve their ideal results after about 7 – 10 days. However, it can take several weeks for the masseter muscle to begin atrophying. As the masseter stays relaxed and continues to shrink over the next several weeks and months, patients will notice more dramatic results.
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX MASSETER INJECTION LAST?
While every patient is different, the majority of men and women are able to enjoy the results of MASSETER BOTOX injection for up to six months before a repeat injection is needed. Furthermore, many patients begin to need fewer units of BOTOX and less frequent injections to maintain their results after several rounds of treatment.
SLIM DOWN YOUR FACE WITH MASSETER BOTOX INJECTION
If you are self-conscious about the square shape of your face, you may have an enlarged masseter muscle. Our knowledgeable team of medical expert injectors can help determine if BOTOX injection may help you achieve the slim, elegant face shape you’ve always wanted or if another treatment, such as nonsurgical jawline contouring, may be more appropriate for your concerns.
WHO IS AN APPROPRIATE CANDIDATE FOR MASSETER BOTOX?
MASSETER BOTOX LONDON injections are highly beneficial to patients who would like to narrow and angulate the lower face. Particularly anyone who doesn’t like the shape of their face due to a square or thick jawline and desires a more feminine look.
The relative thickness of someone’s masseter muscle can be determined by feeling their outer jawline as they bite down hard. If it is rock hard, or it appears enlarged as their teeth are clenched, that person is a good candidate for masseter muscle injections. Many people who grind or clench their teeth may experience TMJ or Bruxism and can certainly benefit from BOTOX injections for masseter muscle hypertrophy.
People who suffer from migraines or tension headaches from teeth grinding can also benefit from Masseter Muscle BOTOX treatments. This is because a relaxed masseter muscle helps reduce overall tension in the face. Masseter muscle injections are very popular in Asia and China. In fact, this is where the procedure was discovered and first came into prominence.
Both men and women can be good candidates for this procedure.