I had a botox injection into my masseter muscle a week ago, I heard that usually one only needs 2 botox injections to achieve a permanent dystrophy for this muscle. Can anyone please confirm if this is true and if so, how is the masseter muscle different to other muscles on the face in terms of its reaction to botox? Thanks
Can Botox in the Masseter Be Permanent and How Is This Muscle Different Than Others?
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Botox in the masseters (for slimming the face and tension) is similar to all other muscles - lasts only 3-4 months
Botox for the masseter muscle
Botox for enlarged cheeks - the masseter muscle
The masseter muscle is not different than other muscles and does not permanently atrophy. However, as it is used for chewing and clenching can make it a larger mass of muscle from "exercise". Therefore it may take a larger number of units to relax this muscle than other muscles that are injected for cosmetic indications. As Dr. Andrew Blitzer, a NYC expert in using Botulinum toxin for TMJ and enlarged masseter muscles, says, the muscle must be exercised to regain its girth, once it is no longer under Botox's effect. The masseter muscle may take longer than smaller muscles to regain its size as the atrophy is dependent on the number of units of Botox injected. There is no knowledge of permanent atrophy of the masseter muscle.”
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