Will masseter muscle exercises help? (Photo)

Hello everyone, I have a question about the symmetry of my masseter muscles. I used to chew an absurd amount of gum and I mainly chew on my right side. So that led to my right masseter muscle becoming much larger than the left. So that makes me ask the question. Is there a way I could exercise the both masseter muscles so they can back to being symmetrical? Here is a picture of me flexing my jaw muscles. Thanks.

Doctor Answers 3

Don't think so

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Your masseter is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, muscle in your body.  It is unlikely that massage will change it.


Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon

Masseter Muscle Asymmetry

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Exercise will not improve your master muscle asymmetry but Botox injections into the bigger side will.

Will masseter muscle exercises help?

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It is highly unlikely that selectively chewing on the smaller side will improve symmetry. You can attempt this but I would be surprised if it makes much of a difference. Botox treatment to the larger, hypertrophic side can create a reliable improvement if needed. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon

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