Masseter Botox: Trending Treatment

By Florence Goulbourne

Masseter Botox has steadily climbed the rankings of sought-after aesthetic treatments. The industry shift towards natural-looking aesthetic results has given way to the rise of anti-wrinkle injections, with younger patients discovering the benefits of ‘prejuvenation’ and preventative anti-ageing.

Although trends like Baby Botox are steadily on the rise, ant-wrinkle injections have been around for decades. Anti-wrinkle injections have been used by the NHS since the 1970’s to temporarily relieve the symptoms of medical conditions such as migraines. Singer Lewis Capaldi recently revealed that he had been receiving Botox injections in his shoulder to help alleviate tics, following a Tourette’s diagnosis, while other patients use the treatment to seek relief from hyperhidrosis. Masseter Botox was originally used to treat bruxism in patients with persistent tooth-grinding and jaw clenching, yet it has attracted attention for one particular side-effect. Fox Pharma explores the trend…

What are the benefits of masseter Botox?

Botox has been utilised in the jawline or masseters to help relieve the symptoms of teeth grinding or bruxism. Patients who are prone to teeth-grinding during sleep complain of symptoms such as an aching jaw, tension headaches and tooth damage.   The action of grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw can in turn build the masseter muscles, creating unwanted lower facial volume, in some instances. Anti-wrinkle injections in the jawline block the signals from the nerves to the muscle, thus reducing the contractions and movement.

How does Botox slim the jawline?

Alongside relief from jaw clenching and teeth-grinding, masseter Botox has also become popular for its cosmetic side-effects. As the masseter muscles are relaxed and can no longer contract to the same extent, the jawline can appear slimmer and more streamlined. TikTok has popularised anti-wrinkle treatments in the last few years, with users showcasing their before and after results of their treatments.

How long does jawline Botox last?

Jawline Botox lasts from 3-6 months on average, depending on how fast the patient’s body metabolises the toxin. Top-up sessions will be required to help maintain relief from bruxism and its associated side-effects. Over time, the treatment will help patients to break the habit of teeth-grinding.

How long does masseter Botox take?

Following consultation, the procedure is fairly quick, with treatments usually taking 3-5 minutes to inject.

How to decide between Botox or filler for the jawline area?

Fillers such as REVOLAX Sub-Q add volume to the jawline area, creating the appearance of a stronger and more defined bone structure. Dermal filler treatments are ideal for patients who feel that their jawline lacks definition, read more about jawline filler here. In contrast, masseter Botox slims the lower face by relaxing the muscles. Dermal filler treatments may create the illusion of a slimmer face, particularly when the chin is enhanced to create a more heart-shaped appearance. Both treatments offer temporary results, with masseter Botox being regarded as the more subtle option, requiring less downtime than dermal fillers. In essence, jawline Botox is ideal for patients who are looking to slim their lower face, while dermal fillers are preferable for patients looking for sculpting and definition.

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