I got Botox injected into my masseter muscles about 5 days ago and I believe it has made my masseter muscles even bigger.
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Botox and Dysport for jaw slimming
The injection technique does vary by physical exam and the goals of the treatment. Facial contouring goals may change the injection sites themselves to affect different portions of the masseter as well as the dose. The strength of the masseters can be felt by palpation and also helps me to determine dosing. In general, I start with 15- 25 units of Botox (OR 50-75 units of Dysport) per side for most patients. If they have very strong masseters, then I may increase the dose, but more commonly ask them to return in three weeks for a touch up. If you notice one area bulge after the procedure, then a small dose may be required to quiet that portion of muscle.
Once you get the desired result, I let patients know that future treatments may require less to maintain the look or the jaw clenching symptoms, especially if they get treated as soon as they notice the symptoms return. This can be as soon as three to four months, but in some cases, patients report that it lasts six months or more. I find it depends on the dose we use and how many times we have done the procedure as the duration may lengthen for patients that repeat it regularly.
Typically there are 3 injections administered to treat the masseter muscle.
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Most practitioners will use a 4-5 injection sites per muscle in a dice-like pattern directly into the bulging portion of the muscle. Having only one injection site can limit the full effects of your treatment as well as lead to more muscle tenderness and swelling by placing all the solution/product into one injection site.
We recommend following up with your injector for an assessment. Although the benefits of treating this area is slow and progressive, your practitioner will be able to determine if there are any causes for concern and how to monitor your outcomes.
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As with any needle based therapy, bruising and swelling can occur though this is typically very limited. Aspirin, Fish Oil, Vit, C/E and other blood thinners can increase this effect. Botox and other neurotoxins weaken muscles and can't increase the size of that muscle. It's importnat to appreciate the fact that actively contracting the treated muscle, in this case the Masseter by clenching, will encourage new neuro-muscular junctions to form sooner thus decreasing the longevity or duration of the neurotoxin effect. This should be avoided following any neurotoxin treatment. Hope this helps.
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