Botox has been a popular anti-aging treatment for many years thanks to its safety and effectivity as well as wide range of applications. While the product is most well-known for its ability to soften wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, Botox specialists like Dr. Chetty can use Botox for so much more. A common treatment option is to inject Botox into the masseter muscle, which is a large muscle at the corner of the jaw. Injecting Botox into the masseter muscle can have a wide range of benefits for our patients in Kelowna, BC. Continue reading to learn more about this popular Botox treatment option available at Cerulean Medical Institute.
What is Masseter Botox?
Masseter Botox is Botox injection into the masseter muscle over the jaw angle. Masseter Botox is only performed when the masseter muscle is larger than normal with associated symptoms. This is seen in patients with teeth grinding, jaw clenching, temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD and temporal headaches. The masseter muscle, is a muscle of mastication or chewing. By injecting Botox into this muscle, the tension from teeth grinding and jaw clenching is reduced resulting in a less hypertrophied masseter muscle. As a result, patients will experience a reduction in unwanted muscle contractions in the jaw which will cause less jaw discomfort, tension, headaches, teeth breakdown and a slimmer jawline and still freely move their jaw and chew normally.
Who is a Good Candidate for Masseter Muscle Botox?
Many patients who experience physical discomfort or unwanted changes in their appearance due to overactive masseter muscles can benefit from masseter Botox or jaw Botox. Before choosing the treatment, you must be in generally good overall health and have realistic expectations for your result, which Dr. Chetty will assess and review during your consultation. Botox is importantly not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding and have Myaesthenia Gravis.
What Can Masseter Muscle Botox Treat?
Masseter muscle Botox is commonly used for two main purposes. First, patients choose this Botox treatment for cosmetically slimming of the jawline and balancing facial proportions. Next, the treatment can help relieve negative symptoms associated such as clenching or grinding the teeth. Naturally, the majority enjoy both benefits.
Contour a Square Jaw
Whether a result of clenching the teeth or constitutional anatomy, many women especially are interested in creating a slimmer jawline for a more elongated, elegant, feminine appearance. By injecting Botox into the masseter muscle, the muscles will be reduced in size. This slims down the face for a slimmer and more V-shaped jawline. You may hear this referred to as non-surgical jaw reduction.
Many people unconsciously grind their teeth, often in their sleep. This is known as bruxism, and can be damaging to the teeth as well as cause jaw discomfort. Botox injections calm the muscles that cause teeth grinding, helping you from unconsciously doing so.
Reduce Jaw Tension and Headaches
In addition to grinding the teeth, many people may clench their jaw. This is especially common if you are stressed or anxious, and can occur while you are asleep. For some, this results in TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) or headaches. Botox helps relax this jaw tension, relieving symptoms and improving quality of sleep and daily function.
What is the Procedure for Masseter Muscle Botox Like?
Prior to your masseter muscle injections, you will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Chetty. During this consultation, Dr. Chetty will determine whether Botox is the best option to achieve your goal results. Your jaw and face overall will be examined to determine factors such as the precise injection site and the appropriate Botox dose.
Next, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed. Botox will then be precisely injected into the masseter muscle before repeating the process on the other side. Overall, this procedure should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. You can expect your complete appointment to last no more than an hour.
What to Expect After Masseter Muscle Botox
One of the many benefits of Botox is that no downtime is required. After your injections, you can immediately return to your routine with a few considerations. It is best to avoid strenuous activity, like exercise, or drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours. You should also avoid placing pressure or rubbing the treatment area, as this can result in bruising. Finally, avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible and follow Dr. Chetty’s advice regarding skincare.
You can expect your early masseter muscle Botox results to be noticeable beginning about 1-3 days after your injections. Therapeutic results will take place within one to two weeks.
Botox results are not permanent. Over time, you may notice your visible results subsiding and physical symptoms of clenching or grinding the teeth gradually returning. For most patients, this will occur about three to four months after receiving their Botox treatment. Routine maintenance treatment will help prevent and decrease your clenching or grinding of your teeth and keep up your results. Dr. Chetty can help you determine a long-term treatment plan during your consultation.
Who Should I Choose for Masseter Botox Injections?
While Botox is generally considered safe, there are some risks involved in any procedure. Some common side effects can occur, like swelling, bruising, or brief discomfort. For masseter Botox injections, you can run the risk of a smile change or drooling with improper injections. For this reason, it is crucial to choose an experienced and knowledgeable injector who has a thorough understanding of anatomy and Botox treatment. Dr. Chetty has advanced training and knowledge in Botox and extensive experience in cosmetic medicine. This allows him to perform more advanced treatments like masseter Botox safely with excellent results.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about masseter muscle Botox injections, schedule a consultation at Cerulean Medical Institute in Kelowna, BC. Call our office at (778) 402-3696 or contact us online.