Many muscles in your lower face are responsible for chewing and making expressions. One such muscle is the masseter, which connects your lower jaw to your cheek. As with any muscle, it can experience a variety of issues—such as enlargement and inflammation—that may cause discomfort. In the jaw, muscle hypertrophy can even lead to a significant shift in the shape of your face. But with help from injectable treatments like Masseter BOTOX®, these problems can become a thing of the past.
Masseter BOTOX, as you may have guessed, is a BOTOX injectable treatment that directly addresses issues with a patient’s masseter muscle. Here are some of the most common reasons that people decide to undergo Masseter BOTOX treatment.
You Struggle With Jaw Muscle Hypertrophy
Muscle hypertrophy is the medical term for what people refer to more simply as muscle growth. Have you been going to the gym lately and are noticing an increase in your body’s muscle mass? That’s muscle hypertrophy.
While an increase in muscle mass is generally considered a positive thing, muscle growth in the wrong areas can have negative aesthetic and physical side effects—like in the case of jaw muscle hypertrophy. This excessive jaw muscle growth can make your jaw more prominent and your face more square.
You Suffer From Tension Headaches
Muscle hypertrophy in the jaw is often preceded by frequent tooth grinding and teeth clenching. This same grinding and clenching can also lead to serious, chronic headaches and migraines caused by excessive tension and strain.
You Experience Chronic Tooth Pain and Sensitivity
In the same vein as the section above, muscle hypertrophy-inducing grinding and clenching can also cause frequent tooth pain and oversensitivity to hot and cold foods. Through Masseter BOTOX, these issues can be prevented by:
- Reducing the size of your masseter muscle over time
- Relaxing the masseter muscle, reducing the urge to grind and clench
Keep in mind that it may be necessary to visit the dentist to first address any tooth damage caused by habitual clenching and grinding. Masseter BOTOX can be a great way to modify this behavior after dental treatment to protect your long-term oral health.
Masterly Masseter BOTOX® From Miami Skin + Vein
If Masseter BOTOX sounds like the right treatment for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Shaun Patel at 786-618-5039. Miami Skin and Vein offers first-class cosmetic treatments in Coral Gables, FL, and the surrounding areas.