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What Are All Massester Muscle Problems and Treatments Can You Explain Please?

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Masseter Reduction with Botox

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   Masseter muscle bulk can be reduced over several months to a year by repeated Botox injections of 20 to 30 U per side every 3 months.

Botox and masseter reduction

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If you are considering Botox to your masseters for jawline reduction, this is a very common practice and works very well. Consult with a well-trained and experienced provider in your area for expectations, education, and assessment.

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Masseter muscle problems

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Hello Chet,

In cosmetic surgery "Masseter hypertrophy" is the most common issue: Square /full cheeks. This is fairly common in Orientals. It can be treated with Botox injections to "weaken" the muscle and make the jaws less square. This is only a temporary improvement as the Botox wears off..

More promising is to shave down the muscle and corner of the jawbone. It can be done through the mouth (my preferred approach) or through a cut underneath the angle of the jaw.

See a Plastic Surgeon experienced in the treatment of this problem.

Guido P. Gutter MD
Evansville Plastic Surgeon
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Botox can be used to soften full cheeks

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The masseter muscle is the muscle you feel over your cheeks when you clench your teeth. Sometimes they get too large or may just be genetically large. These muscles can be relaxed with Botox and the face will look slimmer. Since there are other muscles we use to chew with, this will not cause eating difficulties. This is a very common procedure performed in countries like Korea where square faces and jaws are considered unattractive for a woman.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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