WHAT IS MASSETER BOTOX?

The masseter muscles are the primary muscles that allow you to chew and open or close your jaw. However, they are also responsible for temporomandibular dysfunctions, grinding and clenching teeth, and the appearance of a square-like lower face. If you suffer from TMJ or bruxism, or simply want to narrow down your jawline for a softer-looking face, masseter botox may be an excellent option for you!

Jaw masseter Botox is a minimally invasive procedure in which botulinum toxin type A is injected into the masseter muscles to slim and contour your lower face and to manage facial pain and jaw tension associated with temporomandibular conditions. Jawline botox is considered “off label” and should only be performed by board-certified physicians with expensive experience in injectables and cosmetic medicine. The treatment earned a reputation for being a “lunch break procedure”, due to its quick and convenient nature. Research demonstrates that neurotoxins are just as effective for aesthetic jawline definition and reduction purposes, as well as for medical purposes, such as the treatment of TMJ disorder and excessive grinding.

WHAT IS THE MASSETER MUSCLE?

The masseter muscle spans the mid to lower face from the angle of the mandible to the zygomatic arch and is the primary muscle responsible for the functions of the lower jaw, such as chewing, alongside the temporalis and pterygoid muscles. An overactive and overworked masseter has a boxy, square look when enlarged, which many patients find unflattering.

WHY DOES THE MASSETER MUSCLE ENLARGE?

There are a number of reasons why the size of this muscle may enlarge, including:

  • Bruxism
    A condition associated with excessive teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw.
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
    A joint disorder between the mandible and temporal bones, causing headaches, tenderness, tightness, teeth grinding, and a wide array of other symptoms which can lead to jaw clenching and the enlargement of the masseter muscle.
  • Excessive chewing
    Or chewing on only one side of the mouth, causing asymmetry in the lower face and jaw.
  • Genetics and ethnicity
    Many patients are genetically predisposed to stronger or increased jaw muscles or masseter muscles.
Botox masseter reduction

WHAT IS BRUXISM?

Bruxism is a condition that is known for involuntary teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which can lead to several symptoms including chronic jaw pain, clicking in the jaw, the inability to open your mouth or jaw all the way, tension, and a variety of other aches and pains.

WHAT CAUSES BRUXISM?

Stress is one of the most common contributing factors to bruxism, though certain medications, caffeine, and alcohol, as well as various sleep disorders, may also contribute to the development of bruxism.

Botox jawline reduction

DOES BOTOX HELP WITH BRUXISM?

Botulinum toxin is clinically proven to be an effective treatment for bruxism as it paralyzes and relaxes the masseter muscles along the jaw, relieving the tension that causes all the negative symptoms linked to bruxism.

WHAT IS TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT SYNDROME (TMJ)?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome, also called TMJ, is a condition in which the patient experiences severe joint and jaw pain or tenderness, earaches, lockjaw, ringing in the ears, and headaches. TMJ goes hand in hand with Bruxism as both are located in the jaw and masseter area with very relatable symptoms.

CAN BOTOX INJECTIONS BE USED AS TMJ TREATMENT?

Yes! Botox Cosmetic is clinically proven to work as a treatment for TMJ as it relaxes the masseter muscles upon injection, reducing all of the symptoms associated with the condition.

Relieving TMJ pain
In addition to neuromodulator injections, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends reducing the amount of chewing gum or chewy candy you consume as the masseters are instantly activated during chewing.

HOW DOES BOTULINUM TOXIN WORK TO REDUCE THE MASSETERS?

The primary reason for the enlargement of the masseter muscles comes down to the increased muscular hypertrophy of the muscle itself secondary to the above-mentioned factors.

When neurotoxin is injected into this primary jaw muscle, it blocks acetylcholine from sending nerve signals to the neuromuscular junction, causing it to atrophy. This results in the reduction in strength and size of the masseter, as well as the mitigation of side effects linked to conditions such as TMJ and bruxism.

  • Botox for masseter reduction vs. jaw surgery
    • Botox injections for facial slimming are quick and painless in which a custom number of botulinum toxin units are injected into the chewing muscle, resulting in a slimmer and more defined lower face and jawline. While it is not permanent, it is minimally invasive and involves no downtime, making it the preferred option for many patients.
    • Surgical jaw reduction involves breaking and shaving down parts of the jaw bone to permanently reduce its size. While effective, plastic surgery procedures always include a higher risk for side effects and irreversible complications.
  • How does Botox reduce sagging jowls?
    While Botulinum toxin injections in jaw muscles are commonly used to reduce the overall size of the lower face, they can not reduce sagging jowls, since it primarily addresses jaw muscles, and not the skin and the underlying tissues directly. However, botox for jaw slimming can be combined with other non-surgical modalities such as a PDO thread lift, which will effectively lift your jowls.
  • How does Botox help for jaw clenching?
    Because it relaxes the masseter muscle in which it is injected, it automatically relaxes tension causing jaw clenching.

Jaw thinning botox injections have become incredibly popular in both male and female patients to treat conditions such as TMJ, bruxism, and migraines, and to decrease the square-like appearance of the lower face.

Because of its minimally invasive nature and natural-looking results, neuromodulators are frequently the preferred alternative to other methods of jaw reduction such as its surgical counterpart.

  • Can Botox Cosmetic be used to slim and contour your face?
    Yes! Because neurotoxin causes the muscle in which it is injected to relax, it can slim and contour your lower face. This can be compared to working out other muscles: when you lift weights, your muscles become stronger and grow in size; when you stop working out, they become more relaxed, weakened, and consequently decrease in size and volume.
  • Can Botox help with teeth grinding?
    Onabutulinum toxin type A is not only used for aesthetic purposes in the jaw. It is also incredibly effective in reducing common symptoms of TMJ such as teeth grinding by relaxing the masseter muscle.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR FACE SLIMMING BOTOX IN NYC?

Masseter injections can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes, meaning that there is a large population of patients who are potential candidates for jaw slimming.

  • Cosmetic:
    • Patients who have enlarged masseter muscles with boxy, unflattering look want to slim their face and create a more “V-shaped” jawline
    • Patients who want to even out asymmetry in their jawline or overall face shape
  • Medical:
    • Patients who want to treat TMJ symptoms, such as migraines, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching
    • Patients who want to relieve bruxism

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR NONSURGICAL JAW REDUCTION INJECTIONS?

Masseter neuromodulator treatment does not require any type of preparation, though there are some precautionary steps that you may want to take, including discontinuation of blood thinners, such as aspirin, to prevent excessive swelling or bruising.

Before your jawline lift botox treatment, you should always confirm with your physician that you are a candidate to limit the risk of potential side effects or unsatisfactory botox on masseter results. In addition, be sure to do your research and find an injector who is a board-certified cosmetic physician to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY MASSETER MUSCLE BOTOX PROCEDURE?

Before the actual botulinum toxin injection process, you will first have a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg in which he will palpate the jaw muscles manually to examine their strength and your facial bone structure. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns, and inform Dr. Schwarzburg about your medical history to confirm your candidacy for the jaw thinning treatment.

Once confirmed, the area will be sanitized using alcohol, and Dr. Schwarzburg will inject the medication into 1 – 4 injection points on each masseter.

  • How long does a botox of the masseter procedure take?
    A botulinum toxin jawline contouring procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
    After the injections are complete, Dr. Schwarzburg will sanitize the area one more time to minimize the risk for infection, and you will be sent home with an ice pack to reduce swelling or bruising.
  • Where to inject botox to slim jawline?
    To treat the masseters, onabotulinum toxin type A is directly injected into one or more injection sites in the masseter muscle itself.
  • How many units are needed for jaw masseter Botox in non-surgical jaw reduction?
    The number of units of neurotoxin needed for non-surgical jaw reduction is variable. On average, most patients need 20 to 50 units of Botox per 1 side for an aesthetically pleasing and effective jaw reduction. In some cases, a patient may need up 70 or 80 units per side if their masseters are hyperactive or they have variant anatomy that predisposes patients to strong clenching. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to botox treatments, which is why consulting with a trained medical professional, such as Dr. Schwarzburg is of utmost importance to achieve your desired result.

WHAT IS THE AFTERCARE FOR NON-SURGICAL JAWLINE REDUCTION TREATMENT?

There are as few limitations as there are preparations for your procedure. Botox injections in the masseters do not require any type of aftercare. After your treatment you can resume normal daily activities with no restriction. The main thing you will want to keep in mind is to avoid rubbing or massaging the area for 2 days post procedure to avoid non-targeted diffusion of medication. If you experience bruising or swelling you may apply an ice pack.

DOES BOTOX IN THE MASSETERS HURT?

Neurotoxin injections in the jaw muscles do not hurt. It feels like a tiny prickly and you may experience some mild tenderness or soreness in your cheeks from botulinum toxin treatment, which subsides within 24 – 48 hours. In this case, your physician may recommend NSAID pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FOR MASSETER MUSCLE BOTOX?

When administered by a board certified physician non-surgical jaw slimming botox has a limited list of risks and side effects, including tenderness, redness, swelling, and bruising lasting 1 – 2 days.

More serious side effects include asymmetry caused by paralysis of the rhizorius muscle, which can occur when injected improperly.

The best way to avoid any risks and side effects is to get your jaw muscle reduction by a board certified physician with extensive knowledge on the human anatomy and the expertise to properly execute the procedure.

  • Can Botulinum toxin for jawline slimming affect your smile?
    In rare cases, masseter slimming can affect your smile if a small rhizorius muscle is injected erroneously. While this is an uncommon complication, it is not permanent and will fade as the toxin is metabolized by your body within 3 – 4 months. The most common manifestation is an uneven or crooked smile.
  • Can neurotoxin cause jaw pain?
    Studies have shown that only 1% of patients have reported an increase in jaw pain and discomfort. However, it is normal to experience mild tenderness or soreness during and immediately after your botox masseter treatment.

WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME AFTER JAW BOTOX?

Botox for TMJ does not involve any downtime, meaning that you can resume normal activities immediately after your botox treatment. You may experience some soreness for 24 – 48 hours, and should avoid rubbing the treated area and strenuous exercise for 2 days following your appointment to avoid migration and asymmetry.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS FROM JAW BOTOX INJECTIONS?

While botox takes 3 – 5 days to begin to settle, jaw slimming botox results can be seen within 2 weeks after your procedure.

How many Botox procedures are needed for jaw reduction?
For the average patient, a single session is enough to see a jaw reduction using any of the FDA approved neurotoxins. Some patients require additional touch-ups until the proper amount of botox has been injected for their optimal results.

HOW LONG DO BOTOX MASSETER REDUCTION RESULTS LAST?

Botox on masseter results last indefinitely depending on how frequently you get touch-up treatments. Without a touch-up, your jawline slimming botox results will last 3 – 6 months. With a regular touch-up appointments, your results can essentially last indefinitely.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET BOTOX FOR JAW SLIMMING?

In order to maintain your botox jaw reduction results, you should get a touch-up every 3 – 4 months. The general rule of thumb is to get your touch-ups when your botox has worn off by 85 – 90%, so the results and your new face shape never fully fade.

WHAT WILL MY BEFORE AND AFTER V-LINE BOTOX COSMETIC RESULTS LOOK LIKE?

Before your masseter neurotoxin injections, you will likely be experiencing uncomfortable symptoms associated with TMJ, such as teeth grinding, jaw clenching, headaches, soreness, and tenderness, or simply have the desire to reduce the size of your jawline because of the enlarged masseter muscles, which may appear as an asymmetrical or square jaw. After your masseter Botox, the above mentioned symptoms will be minimized, and the size of your chewing muscles and lower face will be reduced and evened out.

Can Botox help with jaw clenching?
Yes, neurotomodulators are an excellent option to help reduce jaw clenching, as it relaxes the masseter muscle upon injection.

HOW MUCH DOES JAW NARROWING BOTOX COST?

The total cost of masseter botulinum toxin varies depending primarily on how many units are needed to accomplish each patient’s desired results. While most patients require an average of 20 – 25 units per side for this jawline reduction treatment, others may require additional units if their masseters are particularly strong.

In addition, your injector’s qualifications and credentials impact the pricing of your jaw injections, as a board certified physician’s extended knowledge is often associated with a higher value than a nurse or aesthetician. Your geographic location may also have an effect on the cost, as Botox prices in larger cities are sometimes higher than in more rural areas as well. On average, the cost of masseter botox ranges $500 – $1000 per session.

DO JAWLINE SLIMMING INJECTIONS WORK?

Neuromodulators injected into the jaw muscles work for both jaw reduction as well as medical treatment for conditions such as TMJ and bruxism.

IS BOTOX JAW SLIMMING SAFE?

While Botulinum toxin type A is FDA approved, jaw botox application is considered “off label” meaning that it isn’t specifically FDA approved for injection in the masseters. However multiple clinical studies provide evidence that it is safe and effective when injected into the jaw muscles.

WHAT PROCEDURES CAN BE COMBINED WITH JAWLINE BOTOX TO IMPROVE MY JAWLINE?

There are several medical cosmetic treatments that can be combined with jawline slimming procedures to improve your jawline, such as dermal fillers like JuvedermRestylane, and Radiesse, which are used to add defined and chiseled look to the chin and jawline.

Many patients opt for minimally invasive fat reduction, mainly CoolSculpting and Kybella, both of which can permanently eliminate submental and submandibular fat for an overall sharper or snatched jawline.

Additional procedures to enhance this region include PDO thread lifting to lift droopy jowls, as well as medical grade skin tightening procedures using Fraxel lasers or Secret RF microneedling to tighten the skin in the lower face.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF NEUROTOXIN JAW SLIMMING?

  • Pros:
    • Non surgical and minimally invasive
    • Natural looking slimmer appearance
    • Minimal risks and side effects
    • No downtime
  • Cons:
    • Not permanent
    • Not ideal for patients looking to lift sagging skin

IS BOTOX FOR JAW SLIMMING COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Usually, for aesthetic purposes, jawline onabotulinun toxin type A is not covered by insurance. Depending on your insurance plan, you may receive coverage if your botox TMJ is meant to treat medical conditions such as TMJ or bruxism.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

While it is a safe and effective method commonly used to treat the masseters, you should always try to have your non surgical jaw reduction treatment performed by a board certified physician to mitigate the possibility of risks and side effects. Your results will last up to 4 months, so be sure to schedule regular follow-up appointments, maintaining, and continually improving them.

TAKEAWAY

Jaw botox is a minimally invasive treatment used to relax and reduce the size of the masseter muscles for a softer and more defined lower face, and to relieve uncomfortable symptoms associated with TMJ and bruxism. There is no downtime involved in the botox for TMJ treatment and results can be seen within two weeks. Always be sure to consult with a qualified professional to confirm that you are a candidate before scheduling your appointment.

WHO IS THE BEST DOCTOR FOR MASSETER REDUCTION TO IMPROVE MY JAWLINE IN NYC?

If you are looking to schedule your face slimming Botox, then Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, NY is your answer. Owned and operated by Dr. Schwarzburg, a board-certified physician with over a decade of experience is known for his professionalism and expertise, you will be in the right hands at Skinly. Skinly Aesthetics offers several minimally invasive cosmetic treatments to enhance and define your jawline, as well as a number of other enhancements for the face and body.

To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can contact Skinly Aesthetics by calling or texting (212) 774-4264, or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.