Will injecting Botox into the Buccinator muscle make my face appear slimmer?
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Thank you for your clinical post and question. If you actually meant buccinator muscle, this is a deep muscle in the cheek and behind which the buccal fat pad resides. The buccinator helps during mastication and phonation and injecting it with Botox will not change your facial appearance at all.
However, if you meant the masseter muscle injecting this with Botox can definitely decrease the transverse width of your lower third of your face.
This is more common in certain races such as a Japanese and Korean faces who have large hypertrophy masseters and injecting them can provide a much more oval look. Generally, 60 or more units is required in each masseter and this will soften the mandibular border and angle in those individuals with wide lower faces.
I hope this information is of some assistance and best of luck.
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R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
Will injecting Botox into the Buccinator muscle make my face appear slimmer
I think what you mean is should you get botox injected into your masseter muscle. If that alone does not slim your face down, you may have to actually get your buccal fat pads removed by a facial plastic surgeon. Good luck, Dr. Downie
Reducing a round face
Good luck and best wishes.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified American Bd. of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
ABC TV Extreme Makeover plastic surgeon
Beverly Hills, Ca.
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