Will Botox for Jawline Lift Also Treat Bruxism?

Will Botox for Jawline Lift Also Treat Bruxism?

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Botox for a tighter jawline does not do much for Bruxism

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Botox needs to be inserted into the muscles of mastication (chewing) to improve teeth grinding.  Botox is injected for cosmetic reasons, off-label, for a tighter jaw along the neck line. The two treatments are unrelated.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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"Nefertiti" Lift Works Well for Straightening the Jawline and Lifting the Lower Face and Upper Neck

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The "Nefertiti" Lift takes its name from the stepmother of Tutenkhamen, a model of beauty in the ancient world who possessed a perfectly chiseled jawline and a paradigmatically well-defined angle between the neck and chin regions. In pursuit of this ideal, using neuromodulators, such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin, tiny droplets of the material are placed at certain points along the jawline and within particular areas of the neck to slightly soften the downward pull of the muscles in these regions in order to impart a competitive advantage to the upwardly pulling facial muscles above them. In effect, the injections allow these upper muscles to pull the lower face (and secondarily the upper neck) upwards--straightening them and tightening them to some degree. This relatively painless and quickly performed technique, in my experience, works well about sixty percent of the time, and when it does, is a simple and effective means for helping to straighten a jowly jawline and a stringy upper neck.

The above procedure should not be confused with the use of these neuromodulator agents to treat bruxism (tooth grinding). When this is desired, tiny amounts of neuromodulator are injected deep within the masseter (chewing) muscle of the lower cheeks. Weakening this muscle will temporarily (for approximately four to six months) diminish bruxism.

Finally, injection of the masseter muscle with neuromodulators may also be used to diminish the mass of the muscle (i.e. to diminish its outward projection) thereby narrowing and  "sculpting" the lower face a bit--something occasionally desired, particularly among individuals of Asian descent.  

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Using Botox For Bruxism

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Botox can be used to help reduce the intensity of the teeth grinding/jaw clenching associated with Bruxism. This works by relaxing the masseter muscles which are not the same muscles targeted in a jawline lift. So these would need to be two separate procedures. 

Botox used for Bruxism requires that the solution is very dilute. It is essential that the appropriate dosage be determined for individual patients. The effects should last about 3 months. 

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox for bruxism

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The injection site for bruxism is a different muscle than for a lift. Bruxism will not be improved unless you are specifically targeting the chewing muscle.

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Botox for a jawlift

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Bruxism is usually caused by deeper muscles in the cheek and would not be affected by Botox, so you should not expect your bruxism to get any better.

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Will Botox for Jawline Lift Also Treat Bruxism?

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 I agree with my colleague.  Botox, like all neurotoxins weaken muscles and if injected to weaken the muscles causing bruxism, would not lift the jaw.  Radiesse placed in the proper place, in the right amount can and does create a more flared, prominent jaw.  Aesthetically, this is best suited for males, giving the face a more rugged, angular appearance.  

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Don't get your muscles mixed up

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Botulinum toxin injection in the jawline provides you a well defined jaw, by relaxing the thin muscle in the neck and jaw known as the platysma. Bruxism is mainly an effect by movement of your chewing muscle known as the masseter (you can feel it when you clench your teeth). Botulinum toxin there helps ease the teeth grinding, etc...

Hassan Galadari, MD
Dubai Dermatologist

These are not the same treatments.

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BOTOX for Jawline lift and BOTOX to treat bruxism use BOTOX in different ways so one does not treat the other.  A night guard is generally the first line treatment option for Bruxism.  See your generally dentist for an assessment and they will refer you to a specialist in necessary.

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Botox for jawline lift

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The simple answer is no.   The dose and placement for Botox for bruxism is quite different from the dose and placement of the Botox for jawline lift.  I am underwhelmed by the results of Botox for the jawline lift.  I have, however had nice results treating bruxism.   

Jacqueline Calkin, MD
Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon

Botox for the jawline and bruxism

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For the best answer, that can be tailored to your specific needs, a face to face consult is always best but generally speaking, shaping the jawline and lower face can entail injecting a number of muscles. (Mentalis/Chin, DAOs, Platysmal bands and possibly the Masseters as well)  If the Masseters are involved, then this can help a great deal with bruxism, clenching and TMJ.  Hope this helps.

Good luck~

Dr. Grant Stevens

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