What is the masseter muscle?The masseter muscle is one of the muscles used in mastication. It is a powerful, superficial muscle used in chewing. Candidates for Botox masseter reduction are gauged by the thickness of the masseter muscle. This can be determined by biting down hard and assessing the outer jawline. In good candidates, the muscles appears to be hard and enlarged. Certain habits may predispose patients to having a muscle. They include:
- Excessive gum chewing
- Chewing hard items
- Grinding your teeth
Treatment optionsIn the past, jaw reduction surgery was the only option to change a facial shape from square to oval. Long recovery times, inconsistent results, and the risks of surgery have led the search for alternative treatments. Botox allows doctors to give patients the gentler, more attractive jawline they desire without the downtime, pain, swelling, or risks of surgery. Botox is a neuromodulator that is injected into targeted areas to relax the muscles. It is now part of a treatment plan for patients who wish to reduce the masseter muscle.
Effects of Botox treatmentBotox for jaw reduction is a technique that reduces the width of the jawline by changing the square shape. When injected into the masseter muscle, Botox gradually weakens the muscle which reduces its size. The treatment is quick and painless. There is no downtime or recovery period with injections. The effects of Botox treatments are gradual. One week following the Botox injection, patients often notice a softening of the masseter muscle. At six weeks, a softening of the jawline is noticed. Although not permanent, patients achieve long lasting, satisfactory results in the reduction of the jaw muscles.
To learn more about jaw reduction using Botox, contact Silverado Medical & Aesthetic Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pepple. (844) 314-4891.