Curiosity and still trying to understand Botox
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dean Kane of Baltimore Answers Question Regarding Botox
I was wondering with the help of Botox and not clenching my jaw, will my masseter muscle go back to the way it was before? I had a small sized masseter and bulked it up. My muscle is little bit bigger but nothing too crazy like I see online, but it is bigger than before. If I can completely stop my clenching habit and get Botox treatment will my jaw muscle go back to before permanently after a few treatments and Botox wears off?
This is a complex concern! Botox may be used to visually reduce masseter hypertrophy but it does not take care of its cause and therefore will return. There are many factors to consider:
- at least 4 muscles which clench the jaw: masseter, temporalis, internal and external pterygoids
- many behavioral or emotional concerns
- jaw disorders including progressive tooth disorders
- jaw joint disorders
- dietary issues
- and others.
If one area of the masseter is injected and reduces in size, other areas will hypertrophy if the other causes are not attended to.
Consult with a well experienced, interested, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with TMJ experience to properly assess the causes of masseteric hypertrophy. Consult with a well experienced, interested, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, OMFS, Facial ENT or Dermatology injector for your Botox injection.
I wish you the best!
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.