You’ve probably heard all about injectables, such as Botox, around the forehead and eyes, and how they can transform one’s entire look. But can you get Botox on your cheeks and other parts of the body?
Well, not directly.
For example, injectables can decrease fine lines and wrinkles when injected into the masseter muscles. But beyond these, they also have other functions, such as reducing migraines and solving jaw clenching.
At Rejuvenate Med Spa, in Oak Brook, Illinois, our approach with injectables is to bring about natural restoration.
Although there are different types of injectables, we’ll use Botox as the stereotypical example in this blog post. We’ll explore the many roles Botox, especially in the masseter muscle, plays and why it could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
How Do Injectables Work for the Masseter Muscle?
Neurotoxins, such as Botulinum toxin, which is also known as Botox, cause temporary muscle relaxation when injected into specific muscles like the masseter muscle.
These toxins work by inhibiting muscular contraction, which is mediated by a neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine (Ach). In effect, this action targets fine lines and wrinkles.
What makes injectable treatments special is that they work for a limited period, so there’s no need to worry about lasting changes. This is why you might need more treatments later to keep the results you want.
So why would anyone want to paralyze the masseter muscle?
Apart from aesthetic reasons, Botox in the cheek region achieves so much more.
Masseter Botox for Bruxism
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is an often-subconscious act where a person grinds their teeth. It can happen during the day but is more common during sleep. This act is risky because it can cause dental problems and discomfort in your jaw and face.
Botox on the masseter helps to relax and weaken this muscle temporarily, releasing the tension. It also helps to alleviate the resulting pain in the jaw, neck and teeth.
Masseter Botox for Headaches
For anyone who has a tight jaw or constantly grinds their teeth, constant headaches are common.
Therefore, getting Botox in the masseter helps to relax that body area and reduce the occurrence of these headaches. This also leads to better sleep and improved productivity throughout the day.
Masseter Botox for Excessive Clenching
The masseter muscle is one of the many muscles involved in chewing. Due to this, it can become easily fatigued from personal habits. However, its impact doesn’t stop there—it tires out a nearby joint, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ issues can result in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
Botox treatment eases tension in this jaw and cheek area, relieving TMD symptoms.
Masseter Botox for Face Slimming
Having a round face is perfectly fine, but if you prefer a slimmer look, you can use Botox on the masseter muscle to achieve it.
The result is a slim-looking and more defined jawline.
Masseter Botox for Asymmetry
Finally, relaxing the masseter muscles on both sides of the face with Botox leads to a more symmetrical and overall balanced face shape.
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Our experts have an extra tip:
“We advise no exercise for 48 hours (about 2 days) after injections and also to avoid alcohol during the treatment period.”
Whether you’re thinking about getting masseter muscle Botox or you’re excited to begin, you can set up a consultation to discuss what would work best for you.
We’re looking forward to talking with you!