One of the main functions of the mouth is the ability to chew food. This important part of the digestive process relies on strong teeth and masseter muscles. However, the masseter muscles are also responsible for shaping the jaw and therefore factor into your facial aesthetics.
Tough or crunchy foods are especially challenging for the human jaw. When the masseters work overtime, they may grow larger. You may also suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding, due to the enlargement of these muscles.
Maia Plastic Surgery offers masseter Botox® to provide relief from bruxism. The treatment is also beneficial in reducing the appearance of a jaw that is wide or large in appearance.
Slimmed Down Jawline
You may associate a wider jawline with masculinity. If you are a woman and would prefer a more feminine aesthetic, reducing the impact of the masseter muscles is recommended. An oval or heart-shaped result will significantly soften your facial features.
As a minimally invasive option, masseter Botox does not require extensive preparation or post-treatment recovery. Injections are targeted to help the muscles relax during contraction. Reduced use of the muscles will also lead to slimming of the jawline.
Botox Bruxism Treatment
Bruxism can disrupt sleep, damage teeth and result in jaw pain. You may not even realize that you suffer from the condition as symptoms usually occur during sleep. The role of the masseter muscles in teeth grinding involves additional pressure on oral components.
By reducing the strength and pressure of the masseter muscles on the teeth and jaw, Botox can provide relief from bruxism symptoms. You may experience tenderness and minor swelling from the treatment, lasting no more than a few days. However, results from Botox will begin to emerge within a week and can last for as long as four months.
If you are concerned about potential complications from masseter Botox, Maia Plastic Surgery can provide further information. Call our Chevy Chase, MD, or Tysons, VA, offices today for answers to your questions or to book an appointment.
We look forward to helping you achieve relief from teeth grinding, with the added benefit of a more feminine jawline.