Botox and Masseters
You can chew gum without any interruption with botox, but this won't help "increase the masseter." If you need immediate results you can inject filler until the masseter comes back from the botox treatment. Best, Dr. Emer.
Unhappy with Botox
I am so sorry that you had this experience. I strongly recommend following up with your injector to discuss your concerns. It may be the case that adding a unit of Botox here/there may correct the unevenness you are noticing. The good news is Botox only lasts for 3-4 months and at which point all muscle function will return to normal. In the future, I recommend consulting with an experienced injector such as a board-certified specialist before having your next treatment. Best of luck.
Botox problems after masseter and brow injection.
Sorry to hear about your issue with your recent Botox injection. I recommend discussing your results with the physician who injected you.
It sounds as though the Botox injected into one of your masseters may have diffused into the risorious or zygomaticus muscles causing the asymmetric smile. This maybe corrected with injection of the appropriate muscle on the opposite side of the face. The brow asymmetry may also be corrected with Botox injection on the opposite side to minimize the difference on brow raise. If you choose to do nothing, the Botox will wear off in 3-4 months but the problem will likely resolve before then.
I'm so sorry to hear about your problems. I would highly suggest you discuss your concerns with your injector. Regarding chewing gum, that won't make the problem go away faster. But, adding a very small amount of botox to the opposite side can even out the problem and make it look less obvious. The good news is that problems like this don't usually last the full 3 months. They usually are gone within about 3-6 weeks.
Andrew Campbell, M.D.
Facial Plastic Specialist
Botox Smile asymmetry
Sorry to hear about these issues. Chewing gum will not help. Smile asymmetry is often caused by diffusion of some Botox to the muscle that pulls the angle of the mouth when you smile. Consult with your doctor for possibly injecting some extra Botox on the strong side for both the smile and eyebrow. Remember that Botox results are temporary.
Thank you for your question. Please follow up with your physician and discuss with them your concerns. This likely can be corrected with additional Botox into additional muscles. Lastly and fortunately Botox is a short acting drug and you will return to your prior state relatively soon. Regards, Dr. Matt Elias
Problems following Botox
Thank you for sharing your problems. Sorry to hear how bad the Botox treatment turned out. Show your doctor the problems. Perhaps injection of unopposed muscles can be of benefit. Get an in-person second opinion if needed. Botox results will wear off in a few months.
Botox – What to expect
Thanks for your question. This is a question that we
get asked often by our patients. As far as Botox treatments, muscle
hyperactivity would likely require treatment 3 times a year. Botox
effects can last anywhere from 4-6 months and with recurrent treatments, this
will lead to mild atrophy of the muscle, and some prolongation of Botox's
effects. Botox effects are never permanent, however, if you elected to
stop, your muscle would hypertrophy back to its original size. These are
advanced techniques so be sure to get an experienced cosmetic dermatologist
consultation for recommendations and treatment options.