Botox for masseter muscles – jaw reduction and face slimming in London

Masseter Botox injections – before and after

What is Botox for masseter muscles?

Dermatologists use Botox injections to reduce the masseter muscle to shape the face. Botox injection to the masseter is also a cure for teeth grinding. Strong masseter muscles give a wide jaw which in turn produces a square, masculine face. This can be unflattering for some women, and men too. Botox shrinks the masseter muscles and slims the face. The treatment involves three or four injections to each cheek. Botox is the only method of reducing the jaw without surgery.

What causes masseter muscles to become large?

Most people who have strong masseters are just born with sturdy muscles. This is more common in Koreans, Chinese and South East Asians. However, anyone one can be born with large and strong masseter muscles.

Like any other muscle, the more the masseter is worked out the stronger it becomes. Masseter muscles can become over-developed from grinding teeth. The medical name for grinding or clenching teeth is Bruxism. A lot of teeth grinding happens during sleep, subconsciously. This can wear the teeth down and give headaches and jaw pain.

Masseter muscles become bigger in anyone who chews a lot. Chewing gum a lot, for example, will develop the masseter muscles.

Botox treatment for masseter muscles for face slimming and jaw reduction in London

Injection of Botox into the masseter muscle will cause the muscle to shrink. This relieves pain and discomfort from grinding, and also reduce the width of the lower face. Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin type A. Other types of Botulinum Toxin Type A are also equally effective such as Azzalure.

Botox treatment for reducing masseter pain

Masseter pain can be a symptom of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) and tension type headaches. Botox into the masseters has been shown to reduce pain levels significantly in these instances.

Botox into the masseter muscles

Between 3 and 4 injections are given into each masseter muscle. The injection may be given while you are clenching hard so that it is directly into the muscle. The muscle can feel a bit sore with clenching for a day or two after treatment. It is possible to return to your normal activities straight away. An anaesthetic is not required.

What are the advantages of Botox masseter injections?

Botox is the only method of jaw reduction and face slimming without surgery. Like any other medical treatment, the benefits and risks that apply to you are discussed by your Doctor at Consultation.

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