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You’ve probably heard of Botox to soften crow’s feet or smooth frown lines. In the skilled hands of Dr. Shaun Patel at Miami Skin and Vein, Botox has other uses and can even be an effective facial reshaping tool.

Botox for Masseter Reduction in Miami

Habits that have developed over the years can produce undesirable results. You may not think about how excessive gum-chewing can change the shape of your face. You may realize how clenching or grinding your teeth at night can cause chipping and fracture, but the effects of this condition transcend oral health.

When you grind your teeth at night, or chew gum frequently, the masseter muscles responsible for crushing and mashing food “bulk up.” Just like your biceps grow larger with targeted exercise, the masseters that connect the cheekbones to the lower jawbones function like any other muscles and can become so enlarged that an oval-shaped face appears square.

The Procedure

You can regain your youthful, feminine facial shape with Botox. With little preparation, this well-tolerated procedure can be completed using around four to six injections, precisely placed into the masseters on either side of the face.

When injected into the masseter, the purified proteins in Botox work like they do with other applications, they block the signals sent from the brain that tell the muscle to contract. A muscle that can’t contract won’t produce the expression responsible for wrinkles or, in this case, won’t overwork the masseters that produce a bulky jawline.

Six weeks after your first injections, Dr. Patel will assess the results and determine if more injections are needed. Restore your facial shape; restore your beauty with Botox. In Coral Gables, and serving Pinecrest, South Miami, and Miami Beach, Miami Skin and Vein can be reached at 786-618-5039 for an appointment.