A well-defined jawline is often considered a sign of youth and beauty. However, a square jaw shape, which may be out of proportion with other facial features can be seen as a disfigurement to a patient. A common cause of master hypertrophy can be bruxism – which is when a patient frequently clenches and grinds their teeth. This can result in tooth wear, fracture of the teeth, toothache, muscle pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, and tension-type headache.
Botox® injection is a non-invasive, effective and safe treatment for masseter muscle hypertrophy and lower face contouring. The Botox® is simply injected into the masseter muscle to
reduce the size and prevent overworking of the muscle.
The five steps outline the progression of Botox in masseter muscles after injection:
• Week 1: Muscle softening
• Week 2-4: Muscles noticeably thinner
• Week 10-12: Maximum effect
• Week 12+: Action recurs
• Week 16+: Muscle volume recurs
Frequently asked Questions
How can injecting Botox® into the masseter muscle treat bruxism (tooth grinding)?
In addition to reducing the volume of the masseter muscles, injection of Botox® into this area has been shown to reduce pain and grinding episodes. Botox® injection is a non-invasive, effective and safe treatment for masseter muscle hypertrophy and lower face contouring. It can also be used as an effective adjunct for the treatment of bruxism.