Are you a grinder? A clincher? Or a biter?
Do you have headaches or find you clench your jaw often? Have you been told that chronic grinding is wearing down your molars or waking up with a sore jaw after a night of grinding? Does the constant tension in your jaw make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your face? Do you often experience pain or discomfort while chewing, speaking, or simply relaxing your jaw? If so, you may be one of the 10% of Americans who suffer from an enlarged masseter muscle, a condition that can lead to a square jawline.
This condition affects your physical appearance and can impact your self-esteem and quality of life, causing discomfort and limiting your ability to perform daily activities with ease. In addition, if left untreated, an enlarged masseter muscle can worsen over time, leading to more severe pain and aesthetic concerns.
The masseter muscles are located in the cheeks and are responsible for chewing and grinding food during the process of mastication, preparing food for the first phase of digestion in your stomach. These muscles are the largest and strongest muscles in the jaw, and as a result, can become overworked and hypertrophied (enlarged) due to chronic teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
In addition to aesthetic concerns, overuse of the masseter muscles can also cause various issues such as pain, tension headaches, bruxism and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Pain in the jaw, face, and neck, as well as clicking or popping noises when opening or closing the mouth, are common symptoms of TMJ disorders. Tension headaches can also occur as a result of excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth, which can lead to muscle tension in the face and head.
Luckily, there is a solution to this problem: Dysport or Botox for Masseters. This treatment has both aesthetic and functional goals and has become increasingly popular in recent years for its ability to reduce the size of the masseter muscles, resulting in a slimmer and more contoured jawline and a significant reduction in pain and TMJ issues.
Botox or Dysport, also known as botulinum toxins, are injectable medications commonly used for aesthetic cosmetic purposes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, they can also be used for medical purposes to treat a variety of conditions. Botox for masseters can help alleviate these symptoms by temporarily weakening the muscle and reducing its activity. This leads to a decrease in muscle size and tension, which can provide relief for pain, tension and headaches. Additionally, reducing the size of the masseter muscles can also result in a slimmer and more oval-shaped jawline, improving the overall appearance of the face.
Several studies have been conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Botox for masseters. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2017 found that Botox injections for masseters led to a significant reduction in muscle thickness and improved the appearance of the jawline.
Another study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology in 2018 evaluated the safety and efficacy of Botox for masseters. The study found that Botox injections led to significant reductions in muscle thickness, as well as improvements in facial symmetry and the appearance of the jawline. The study also reported that the treatment was well tolerated by patients, with minimal adverse effects reported.
Overall, these studies demonstrate that Botox for masseters are safe and effective for reducing the size and activity of the muscle, improving both the medical symptoms and aesthetic appearance of the jawline.
A good candidate for Botox or Dysport injections in the masseter muscles is someone who has a square or overly prominent jawline caused by an enlarged masseter muscle, also known as masseter hypertrophy. Individuals who clench or grind their teeth, have TMJ disorders, or experience chronic pain in the jaw may also benefit from this treatment as it can help relax the muscle and relieve tension. Additionally, individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of their jawline and achieve a slimmer and more contoured look may be good candidates for Botox for Masseters.
The duration of the effects of Botox for masseters injections can vary from person to person, but generally, the results can last for 3-6 months. After this time, the muscles will gradually regain their size and strength, and you may start to notice a return of your original jawline appearance and symptoms. However, with repeated treatments, the results may last longer as the muscles become weaker and smaller over time. It’s important to note that the longevity of the effects can also depend on factors such as the amount of Botox injected, the individual’s metabolism, and lifestyle habits. To maintain the desired results, it’s recommended to schedule regular follow-up appointments with your provider to assess the need for additional injections.
The number of units of Botox for masseters can vary depending on the size and strength of the muscle, as well as the desired results of the individual. On average, between 25 to 50 units of Botox are typically used per side for masseter injections.
At RevitalizeMaui, we specialize in neuromodulator injections for the masseter muscle and have treated thousands of patients with great results. Our team is dedicated to providing safe and effective treatments that help our patients achieve their aesthetic and medical goals. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.
Many dentists in Maui refer their patients with TMJ disorder, bruxism and other master muscle and jaw related issues to our clinic because of our extensive experience in handling a large number of these cases with tremendous success. When your dentist refers you to us, they can feel confident that you’ll receive personalized care and a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Don’t wait any longer to achieve the slimmer, more balanced facial appearance you’ve been dreaming of. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how Botox & Dysport injections for the masseter muscle can help alleviate pain caused by bruxism or TMJ disorder, and help you achieve your desired aesthetic and medical outcomes.