The masseter muscle is a facial muscle that connects your lower jaw to your cheek. It one of several muscles responsible for chewing. When this muscle becomes enlarged, usually in patients who grind or clench their teeth, it can dramatically change the shape of your lower face.
For example, an oversized masseter can make an oval face appear square. It can also cause facial asymmetry by making one side of your jaw more prominent than the other.
BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are a great way to reduce the size of your masseter muscles and restore your proper facial proportions. To learn more about achieving a tapered face shape with BOTOX®, call 786-618-5039 to schedule a consultation at Miami Skin & Vein today. We happily welcome patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.
What Causes Enlarged Jaw Muscles?
Normal jaw movement doesn’t typically cause masseter muscle enlargement. But when you exercise your muscles, they get bigger — and the masseter muscles are no exception.
The most common behaviors that contribute to an enlarged masseter muscle are clenching and grinding your teeth. You may do these things under stress, or even while you are sleeping.
These behaviors are hard to notice, and they can be even harder to unlearn. Thankfully, BOTOX® can help. BOTOX® injections will relax your masseter muscle while potentially helping with grinding and clenching.
Relax Your Masseter Muscle with BOTOX®
BOTOX® is a safe and effective injectable product. Dr. Shaun Patel is an experienced injector who has helped many patients achieve natural-looking results through masseter muscle reduction using BOTOX®.
BOTOX® injections help relax the masseter muscle by limiting its movement. Once injected, the muscle can stop working so hard and exerting so much pressure. You will still be able to chew, move your jaw, and make normal facial expressions after your treatment.
When the muscle is no longer overworked, it can shrink back to its normal size. This will improve the proportions and balance of your face by giving your jaw a slimmer appearance. For women, this treatment can make their lower face look tapered and more feminine.
It often takes 20 to 30 units of BOTOX® to reduce the size of the masseter muscle. Dysport® injections can also be used to achieve the same results. BOTOX® and Dysport® are both FDA-approved injectable products although masseter muscle treatments themselves are categorized as "off-label".
The treatment doesn't take long, and you'll be able to return to work immediately. Side effects are usually mild and can include soreness and tenderness.
How Do I Know if I Have Enlarged Masseter Muscles?
If you want to find out if you have enlarged masseter muscles, please visit us for a consultation. Dr. Patel can easily determine the state of your jaw muscle in person.
He will look at your teeth and mouth for the basic signs of grinding and clenching. He will also place his hands on either side of your face and ask you to bite down. This will allow him to feel the size of your masseter. Dr. Patel will be able to tell if your muscle is larger than it should be.
Schedule Your Miami Masseter BOTOX® Consultation
Call 786-618-5039 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel about masseter muscle reduction. At Miami Skin & Vein, we serve patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.