How Jaw Slimming Botox Can Help You Look and Feel Better
Jaw Slimming Botox is a real thing, and it is here to stay. When you hear the term Botox, you probably think about injections to get rid of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, bunny lines and creases going from your lips to your chin. Jaw Slimming Botox works the same way. It weakens or paralyzes muscles that cause clenching or teeth grinding. Over time, those muscles can atrophy, leaving you with a slimmer jawline.
Botox or any neurotoxin like Dysport or Newtox injected in the jaw is considered off-label use by the FDA. This is why it is so critical to see an experienced injector for Botox and filler. This treatment, also known as Masseter Botox, can manage facial pain from clenching or grinding teeth. In addition, it can change the shape of your face and narrow the apparent width of your jaw.
Jaw Slimming Botox is injected into the corner or “angle” of your Jaw. Here are the multiple potential benefits:
- To relieve the pain and tension caused by migraines.
- To treat Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
- To weaken the masseter muscle over time. As the muscle bulk goes down at the corners of your jaw, this makes your jaw look slimmer and more feminine.
Want to know more? Read on to see if this something that could help you both cosmetically and functionally. You can improve your quality of life and save your teeth. We explain how in this post.
What is Jaw Slimming Botox Used For?
Jaw Slimming Botox is mainly used for two reasons. First, it is used in people with problems from clenching teeth tightly. Second, folks use this type of Masseter Botox injection when they want to get rid of visible muscle bulk at the corner of their jaws that they wish they could erase or shave off.
The masseter is the muscle in your face that helps you chew. Located on the side of your face, it connects your cheekbone to your lower jawbone. Like any other muscle in the body, when you use it a lot, it bulks up. Since it is on your face, a bulky masseter muscle makes your jaw look wider or more square at the corners.
Do you wake up with a headache or a sore jaw? Maybe your dentist found cracked or worn-down teeth at your last cleaning. Excessive sleep-time grinding or clenching of the teeth affects 1 in 10 adults. This nighttime grinding can damage the protective enamel on your teeth and cause tension headaches, jaw or neck pain.
When injected into the masseter by an experienced injector, Jaw Slimming Botox weakens an overly strong masseter. Over time, with regular Jaw Slimming Botox Treatments, the masseter muscle atrophies, softens and slims your jawline.
Am I A Good Candidate for Jaw Slimming Botox?
Jaw Slimming Botox is an off-label indication of an otherwise FDA approved drug. This means you need to see an experienced injector who is an expert in facial anatomy as well as facial aging. There are consequences to repeated injections in the masseter – and you want to make sure that the person caring for you is appropriately qualified. The FDA has approved Botox for other uses, but not specifically for slimming the jawline or treating TMD.
If you clench your teeth, wake up with tension headaches, and don’t like the shape of your jawline, you might be a good candidate. Not everyone is a candidate for Jaw Slimming Botox. The best way to find out if this is the right treatment for you is to come in for a consultation with our multidisciplinary team.
Our experienced nurse injector Kristie Foushee, RN at Tannan Plastic Surgery works hand-in-hand with Dr. Tannan. She is constantly reviewing the literature, attending plastic surgery meetings and keeping up with the latest recommendations from our medical and cosmetic plastic surgery societies. Her expertise is something that comes from injecting Botox for decades, while staying up to date on the latest technological advances in Botox and filler. To know if Jaw Slimming Botox is right for you, schedule a consultation with an appropriate injector.
Do you want to see if Masseter Botox is right for you? Call (919) 797-0996 now to schedule a consultation with our Nurse Injector, Kristie Foushee, RN.