Masseter Botox®, also known as masseter muscle reduction or jawline slimming, is a cosmetic procedure that involves the use of botulinum toxin BOTOX® injections to reduce the size and prominence of the masseter muscles in the jaw.
What Is Masseter Botox®?
The masseter muscle is one of the muscles that help us chew. It is attached to the lower jaw and extends up to the bone at the top of the cheek. Some people naturally have strong masseters (thick jaw muscles). Some of us suffer from teeth grinding, clenching, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) symptoms which can be quite uncomfortable. This particular Botox is a good solution to help these symptoms and slim the appearance of your jawline. Look no further. Chicago Aesthetics Club specializes in this advanced Botox treatment.
How Does Botox Slim the Face?
The masseter muscles are the primary muscles involved in chewing and moving your jaw. Over time, these muscles grow as they strengthen with use. Prolonged clenching and grinding our teeth can enlarge our masseters contributing to a wider face, aka a square or rectangle shape.
Botox® works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for muscle contractions. By temporarily relaxing the masseter muscles, the muscle fibers relax. This relaxation leads to a shrinking of the masseter muscle, which then helps to slim your face and alleviate your symptoms.
Masseter Botox: Is It Right for Me?
If you feel that your face is wider than you would like, grind your teeth, clench your jaw, and/or have TMJ symptoms, this Botox may be right for you. First, book a consultation with our physician, Dr. Sri, for a complete assessment of your jawline, symptoms, and facial structure. After reviewing your goals, she will share her recommendations to help you best. She will also answer your questions: masseter botox cost, masseter botox risks, and masseter botox how many units. Risks, benefits, and consent forms are presented to you as well.
For a seamless and excellent experience, Dr. Sri will guide you through both consultation and performing your procedure. Before your treatment, she will extensively explain what to expect, including botox aftercare and frequency.
Masseter Botox: How Many Units?
The botox dose varies for each individual. All treatments at Chicago Aesthetics Club are customized for you. Some factors in determining the number of botox units include:
– the thickness of each of your masseter muscles
– the type of symptoms you suffer: clenching, grinding, TMJ
– your desired look
– the safest dose for you
The botox amount typically varies from 50 to 100 units total. The masseter muscles are large and require larger amounts of BOTOX®. The doses listed are safe.
Masseter Botox: What to Expect
After antiseptic prep and identifying important anatomical landmarks, Dr. Sri will perform 3-4 Botox injections into specific points of your masseter muscles on each side of your lower jaw. The injections are relatively quick and generally well-tolerated. The Botox technique is especially important as there are essential areas to target and other areas to avoid.
Masseter Botox Risks
This Botox is an advanced Botox® medical procedure. As a physician, Dr. Sri is highly skilled and takes your health and safety seriously. Masseter botox risks are rare. The most common side effects include pain, swelling, bruising, and redness. More serious complications include an asymmetrical smile, infection, and unintended muscle weakness. It’s important to note that the effects of Botox are temporary and most often not permanent.
Masseter Botox Benefits
This botox can alleviate symptoms of teeth grinding and clenching. This botox for TMJ relaxes the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint to reduce pain, improve jaw mobility, and ease facial tension. By reducing the bulk of the masseter muscles, this botox can also help to slim the jawline. It’s important to note that you do not need to suffer symptoms to undergo a masseter botox treatment.
Masseter Botox Results
Over time, the masseter muscles gradually shrink, resulting in a more slender jawline. Typically this Botox starts to kick in within one week. Results peak at approximately 6 weeks. The botox before and after results are subtle with smaller doses and more dramatic with larger doses. Dr. Sri highly recommends that you return for a 6-week in-person follow-up visit for a complete exam and evaluation. She will assess symmetry and the strength of your masseter muscles. Photographs will be taken for you to review for comparison.
Masseter Botox Frequency
Botox is a temporary medication and wears off over time. The duration of the botox is based on the particular individual and the dose administered. Masseter Botox results can often last for 6 months. Repeated treatments are recommended to maintain your desired look and/or relieve symptoms.
Masseter Botox and Chin Filler
When masseter Botox and chin filler are used together, they can enhance each other’s effects and create a more balanced facial appearance. The shape, projection, and length of the chin play a significant role in facial aesthetics. By slimming down the jawline with masseter Botox and adding volume and definition to the chin with filler, Dr. Sri can help bring your lower face into better proportion with the rest of your facial features.
Masseter Botox in Chicago
Our medical practice, Chicago Aesthetics Club, is here to guide you through your cosmetic injectable journey. If you’ve been thinking about masseter botox and/or jawline slimming, book a consultation with Dr. Sri. She will carefully listen to your goals, clearly explain the process, and create a customized treatment plan, especially for you.
Masseter botox for jaw slimming is indeed one of our most popular treatments. In fact, when people search “Masseter Botox near me,” clients from near and far visit Chicago Aesthetics Club specifically to receive this advanced Botox treatment.
Be sure to check out our galleries to see our beautiful results. In addition to traditional Botox®, filler, and Kybella® treatments, Dr. Sri specializes in uniquely curated procedures, including facial balancing too.
At Chicago Aesthetics Club, we offer a high-end and professional experience to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Each treatment is specifically tailored to you. The recovery for these non-surgical procedures is minimal, and the results are incredible. Along with the consultation, Dr. Sri completes each treatment herself to ensure that each patient gets the dedication and results they deserve.