What is masseter Botox?
The masseter is one of the muscles that helps you chew. It’s located on the side of your face and connects your cheekbone to your lower jawbone. When Botox is injected into the masseter, it’s called a masseter Botox. It’s sometimes called jaw Botox. The treatment uses botulinum toxin to temporarily block nerve signals in the masseter. As a result, the muscle is unable to move.
Botox or any other neurotox to the masseters is a popular and wonderful treatment. In 3 months or so, it is possible to reduce the masseter (jaw muscle) volume by 30% or so, and this makes the face look slimmer and more V-shaped. When we do this, the muscle weakens and becomes smaller.
What is the masseter Botox used for?
Botox in the masseter is typically used for:
Managing teeth grinding
What’s the procedure for getting masseter Botox?
Here’s what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Before the procedure
Before getting masseter Botox, you’ll have a consultation with a medical professional here at Sculpt Medispa. They’ll ask questions about your goals and concerns. They’ll also examine your jaw and face. This allows them to determine the injection site and how many syringes you need. The actual procedure will take place in a doctor’s office. You won’t need to go to the hospital.
During the procedure
Here’s what you can expect during the procedure:
A medical professional will clean your skin to reduce the risk of infection. They may use topical anesthesia to numb the area. They prepare a syringe with the botulinum toxin. The syringe will have a very thin needle. Next, they insert the needle into your masseter muscle. They slowly withdraw the needle as they inject the toxin.
They may repeat the procedure on the other side. The number of syringes necessary depends on what you’re treating. The procedure typically lasts 15 minutes.
After the treatment
After the treatment, you can go back to your usual activities. It doesn’t require any recovery time. However, you’ll need to avoid the following for 24 hours:
Rubbing the treated area
These actions might spread the toxin to other parts of your face. You can expect to see full results in about 1 week. Some people start seeing results within 1 to 3 days. It’s worth noting that the effects of Botox are temporary. They usually last 3 to 4 months. If you’d like to maintain the results, you’ll have to repeat the procedure.
What are the potential side effects of masseter Botox?
Masseter Botox is generally considered safe. However, it’s possible for the procedure to cause side effects such as:
- Pain or swelling at the site of injection
- Flu-like symptoms
- Crooked smile