At MD Cosmetic, in British Columbia, we believe in helping you feel beautiful at every age. We are experts in aesthetic medicine, helping men and women feel confident in their own skin.
You’re probably familiar with the concept of Botox around the eyes and forehead, and the difference it can make for fine lines and wrinkles. But another question often asked is, can you get Botox in your cheeks, jawline and other parts of the body?
The quick answer is yes.
For example, Botox in the underarms helps to get rid of excessive sweating. Another is Botox to the cheek region, which essentially targets the masseter muscle — a muscle that attaches to the jaw from the cheek. In a sense, we can imagine masseter muscle Botox as Botox for the cheek lines or region. Botox to the masseter has a ton of medical benefits, such as relieving migraines and chronic jaw clenching.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the many benefits of Botox to the masseter muscle.
How Does Botox for the Masseter Muscle Function?
Botox (derived from Botulinum toxin) is a neuromodulator from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When administered to specific muscles, such as the masseter muscle, it causes muscle relaxation temporarily.
Botox does this by inhibiting muscular contraction, which is mediated by a neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine (Ach). This effectively targets fine lines and wrinkles.
Keep in mind that Botox should be done by professionals to ensure its correct and controlled administration.
What sets Botox apart is its temporary effects, which means you don’t need to be concerned about long-lasting changes. That’s why you might require additional treatments in the future to maintain the outcomes you desire.
But why would anyone want to get Botox around the cheek lines?
Below are 5 other benefits of masseter muscle Botox.
Masseter Botox for Bruxism
Bruxism, which is when someone grinds their teeth, is often done without realizing it. It can occur when awake, but it’s more common while asleep. This can cause some dental issues and make the jaw feel uncomfortable.
Masseter Botox leads to the muscle’s relaxation, which alleviates the pain in the jaw, neck, and teeth.
Masseter Botox for Headaches
If your jaw feels tight or you often grind your teeth, you might experience frequent headaches.
Masseter Botox can ease the tension and lower the chances of getting these headaches. As a result, this leads to better sleep.
Masseter Botox for Excessive Clenching
As one of the muscles involved in chewing, the masseter muscle can become easily fatigued from how it’s used. But its effects go beyond that as it can make the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a nearby joint, tired as well. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
Masseter Botox treatment helps to relieve these TMD symptoms.
Masseter Botox for Face Slimming
While there’s nothing wrong with a round face, if you want it to appear slimmer, Botox on the masseter muscle can help.
This leads to a jawline that looks slimmer and more defined.
Masseter Botox for Asymmetry
Lastly, with masseter muscle Botox on both sides of the face, you can achieve a more symmetrical and even face shape.
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Wherever you are in your life, we want you to feel confident in your own skin.
Whether you need further clarification or you’re ready to take the leap into Botox, you can schedule a consultation with us to discuss your best options.