Neuromodulator injections are commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, but here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our expert injectors can also inject Botox into the masseter facial muscle to slim the jaw and treat teeth grinding, also known as bruxism.
Botox Jaw Reduction
The masseter muscle is the muscle in the jaw responsible for the chewing process. It is also the muscle that commonly causes a person to have a large, square-shaped jaw. A patient looking to slim their jawline for a softer, more oval shape without undergoing a surgical procedure can actually have Botox injected into the masseter muscle to minimize the square-like appearance.
When a neuromodulator is injected into the masseter muscle, it causes the muscle to weaken and shrink slightly. It gradually begins to slim after a couple of weeks, with the full effect visible after three months. Results of the injection into the masseter muscle can last up to one year. Because the masseter muscle has fewer nerve endings than the muscles that cause facial wrinkles, the injection of onabotulinum toxin A lasts significantly longer in the masseter muscle. This means patients do not need to have the procedure done very often to maintain the slimmer looking jaw.
Botox for Bruxism
Teeth grinding is a problem that affects millions of people in the U.S., often causing headaches, jaw problems, and tooth damage. Patients suffering from bruxism have overactive jaw muscles that clench forcefully during the night, causing the teeth to grind together.
Neuromodulator injections are a fairly new treatment for patients suffering from bruxism. When an expert injects Botox into the masseter and temporalis muscles, it relaxes the muscles and stops them from contracting while the patient is sleeping. This treatment does not affect the patient’s ability to eat or chew, but does relieve the painful, damaging symptoms of teeth grinding. Most patients experience an improvement within one to two weeks after injection, and the results last for up to 6 months. Neuromodulator injections for teeth grinding are a simple, quick way to treat bruxism, thus improving a patient’s sleep quality and overall quality of life.
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Botox for Masseter Reduction FAQ
The San Diego dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology want to make sure that all of your questions about neuromodulators for teeth grinding and jaw reduction are answered so they have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to reference. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.
Q: Who should perform neuromodulator injections in the masseter muscle?
A: Injections should always be performed by an experienced, qualified injector with specialized training. The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are well-known for their injectable expertise and would be happy to discuss your masseter condition with you during a consultation today.
Q: Will Botox masseter injections affect chewing?
A: When patients have this procedure done, they may experience an initial weakening of the muscle, causing the muscle to feel tired fairly quickly when chewing. This side effect, however, does not usually last long and normal chewing function will return.
Q: How much does Botox for the masseter cost?
A: The cost depends on the number of units required for the treatment. This will depend on the area being treated and the severity of the issue. For instance, Botox for teeth grinding may require more units than it would for jaw reduction. Schedule a consultation with Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today to discuss your treatment plan and the cost.
Q: Can I get masseter Botox at the same time as other cosmetic treatments?
A: Many patients do choose to get neuromodulator injections and facial fillers at the same time. For instance, if you seek Botox in the masseter to slim the jawline, you can also get facial filler injections to plump the lips or fill in under eye hollows. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts today to discuss your individualized treatment plan.
Q: Are the injections painful?
A: Most patients do not experience any pain during the injectable procedure. There may be some slight swelling and/or redness after the injection, but patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately following treatment.
Contact the San Diego Botox for Masseter Experts For a Consultation
If you are bothered by the appearance of your square jaw, or suffering the painful side effects of teeth grinding, contact the experts at San Diego’s Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today to schedule a consultation at (858) 365-3620. Our board-certified dermatologists are well known in their field for their injectable expertise and would love to get you the results you’ve been longing for.
To learn more about Botox for masseter injections, contact our office today.