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Botox and masseter
Botox for the masseter
Thank you for your question metsfan86. Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. It can also be used on the masseter muscle used for biting to slim the lower face. Botox can also be used here for those who have TMJ or who grind their teeth. Just like any muscle, the more one uses it, the larger it gets, just like body builders' muscles on the body. If body builders stop lifting weights, their muscles will atrophy, or get smaller. The same thing happens with the masseter muscle in the face. If one uses it more it will get larger, and with less use it will get smaller. But sometimes grinding the teeth can be a difficult habit to stop. Using traditional doses, Botox will relax muscles. For significant atrophy larger doses and multiple treatments may be required. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
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This is a complex concern! Botox may be used to visually reduce masseter hypertrophy but it does not take care of its cause and therefore will return. There are many factors to consider:
- at least 4 muscles which clench the jaw: masseter, temporalis, internal and external pterygoids
- many behavioral or emotional concerns
- jaw disorders including progressive tooth disorders
- jaw joint disorders
- dietary issues
- and others.
If one area of the masseter is injected and reduces in size, other areas will hypertrophy if the other causes are not attended to.
Consult with a well experienced, interested, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with TMJ experience to properly assess the causes of masseteric hypertrophy. Consult with a well experienced, interested, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, OMFS, Facial ENT or Dermatology injector for your Botox injection.
I wish you the best!
Botox and Masserter Muscle
You best bet is to be evaluated with a doctor who is very experienced with Botox treatments.
Botox injection to the masseter muscle will improve jawline contour for up to a year
Botox injections to the masseter muscle are quite easy to undergo and the risks are minimal in trained hands. After injection, the muscle hypertrophy to gradually improve, but it may take up to 6 weeks to see the final results. I usually see my patients 6 weeks after the first injection to assess if touch up treatments are needed because some patients have more muscle bulk and require higher doses of Botox. The nice thing about masseter injections is that the results can last 6 to 12 months.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Masseter is great for helping with jaw clenching and is very popular.
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