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Masseter Botox - A guide

Masseter Botox: A Comprehensive Guide

Masseter Botox is a popular treatment among beauty professionals and aesthetic enthusiasts alike. This non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure serves to slim the lower face, alleviate jaw pain, and reduce teeth grinding by targeting the masseter muscle with botulinum toxin (commonly known as ‘Botox’) injections. So what is Masseter Botox and its purpose?

Masseter Botox is a cosmetic and therapeutic treatment that involves injecting botulinum toxin into the masseter muscle. This procedure primarily aims to weaken and relax the muscle, resulting in a slimmer appearance of the lower face and reduced jaw tension.

The masseter is a powerful muscle located in the jaw area, responsible for chewing and grinding food. It is also involved in clenching the jaw during stress or tension.

Masseter hypertrophy is an enlargement of the masseter muscle, often caused by chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) or excessive gum chewing. Other factors contributing to masseter hypertrophy include genetics, stress, and certain habits such as clenching the jaw during sleep or exercise.

Enlarged masseter muscles can cause a wide or square-shaped lower face, which may be perceived as less attractive or more masculine. Masseter Botox aims to address this issue by relaxing and slimming the muscle, resulting in improved facial aesthetics.

Masseter Botox has gained popularity among cosmetic doctors due to its effectiveness, minimal downtime, and lower risks than surgical options. It is an ideal treatment for those looking to improve their facial aesthetics without undergoing surgery.

Some benefits of masseter botox include:

  • Slimming of the lower face

  • Relief from jaw pain and tension

  • Improvement in teeth grinding and jaw clenching

  • Non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure

Masseter Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contraction. This results in temporary paralysis and relaxation of the treated muscle, reducing its size and tension.

During a masseter Botox treatment, a qualified professional will inject a small amount of botulinum toxin into the masseter muscle on both sides of the face. When carried out by our cosmetic doctor, this procedure is relatively quick and involves minimal discomfort.

Masseter Botox - Before And After

Masseter Botox Before and After Pictures

The effects of masseter Botox typically last between 3-6 months, after which the muscle will regain function, and repeat treatments will be necessary to maintain results. The frequency of treatments will vary depending on individual needs and desired outcomes.

While masseter Botox is generally considered safe, some potential side effects and risks should be considered before treatment. Some common side effects of masseter Botox include:

  • Mild pain or discomfort at the injection site

  • Swelling or bruising

  • Temporary weakness or numbness in the treated area

To minimise risks and ensure optimal results, it is essential to choose a qualified professional experienced in administering masseter Botox treatments. Consider asking the following questions during a consultation:

  • What are your qualifications and experience?

  • How many treatments have you performed?

  • Can you provide before and after photos of previous clients?

Additionally, seek out reputable providers through recommendations from friends, online reviews, or professional organisations. Please see our treatment page for a recent client’s before and after picture here.

Masseter Botox offers an effective solution for those looking to improve their facial aesthetics and address jaw pain caused by muscle tension. Many individuals report long-term satisfaction with their results and improved self-confidence in their appearance. 

Contact our friendly reception staff if you would like to book a consultation with Dr Bong.

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