BOTOX is an extremely versatile treatment used to correct a variety of cosmetic and medical conditions. It is safe to undergo BOTOX injections across many areas of the face. One of the less known areas where BOTOX can make a dramatic difference is the masseter muscle. The masseter muscle lays along the lower cheek and jaw and contributes to jaw movement. So, what does BOTOX in the masseter do?
Masseter BOTOX, or jaw BOTOX, comes with two major benefits–one cosmetic and one medical. The cosmetic benefit is that it can slim the look of the face. Sometimes people may acquire a square or wide face due to a particularly strong masseter muscle. Injecting BOTOX into the masseter muscle weakens it slightly and temporarily to provide a slimmer looking face. This can lead to better jaw definition and alter the shape of the face.
Jaw BOTOX can also treat a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ. It can reduce unnecessary muscle movements which may cause pain in people with TMJ. This can prevent locking up and clicking movements associated with the condition. While often improves pain and prevents these movements, BOTOX for TMJ is best used in conjunction with other treatments.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.