The fibrous tissue, found in the human skeletal system and structure of some organs, giving shape to the body and allowing the bones to move and the organs to perform their major functions and the organism to work regularly by contraction and relaxation is called muscle. There are more than 600 muscles in the human body, including 60 in the face.
Both sides of the face have four mastication muscles each, allowing chewing action to be performed correctly. Masseter, out of these muscles, is a strong mastication muscle with four corners in the outer side of mandibula and maxilla and in the inner side of the cheek. It allows lifting the lower jaw up and close the mouth.
The masseter muscle is important in terms of both health and appearance of face. In case there is growth or thickening in the masseter muscle due to excessive use and tension, there will be problems such as bruxism and clenching teeth. Also, this will cause a wide and angular appearance on the face. Plastic interventions in the face arising from cosmetic concerns are applied to three parts of the face that are upper face, mid face and lower face. Interventions made to the mid face are directly related with masseter muscle.
The ideal jaw depends on the gender. Whereas the square face that gives perception of a strong character is appreciated in men; a thin and prominent jawline that gives naive, soft and vigorous appearance is found more aesthetic in women.
Injection of botox into the masseter muscle to soften the sharp jaw appearance due to strengthening and thickening of the masseter muscle, make the lower face thin and beautiful looking and provide solutions to teeth grinding and clenching problems is called Masseter Botox.
There is no preliminary preparation for masseter botox. This botox is not applied to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Patients with high blood pressure using blood thinners, who have skin problems, allergies and those who have a history of surgical intervention in the face, those who use certain medications continuously must inform the doctor before the intervention.
A chemical called acetylcholine is released from the nerve endings as a result of stimulations to the muscles. Acetylcholine muscle cells attach to receptors and stimulate them. Receptors that are stimulated by acetylcholine cause the muscles to contract and the bone or organ, to which they are attached, to move. Botox is a toxin that contains purified protein, reproduced from Clostridium Botulinum bacteria in vitro, blocking nerve endings by preventing the nerves from releasing acetylcholine, weakening muscles and preventing impulses and contraction.
Botox that is injected into the masseter muscles under the skin with help of a cannula or fine tipped needles weakens the masseter muscle and loosens it. Since the injection site is numbed with anesthetic gel and creams, no pain is felt during and after the injection, aside from possible slight burning and sting. Such ache can be relieved by applying ice therapy (cold compress) to the injection area. The masseter muscle, which becomes thick and grows due to excessive use and tension loosens and becomes thinner in time with the botox effect. Just as muscles, thinning and decreasing in size make the face thin, soften the jawline, make a thin and beautiful face line, they also eliminate the grinding or clenching of the teeth.
Daily life can be sustained after the masseter botox. However, extremely hot environments such as sauna and heavy activities that entail extra effort should be avoided for the first several days. Sleeping position should be watched; patients should not sleep face downwards or rub the botox area.
Although there is very low risk of side effects in botox procedure, there may rarely be numbness, pain, inflammation, redness, bruise, swelling and bleeding, dry mouth, headache and neck pain at the injection site. Also, patients with allergy problems have reported complaints such as itching, exhaustion, dizziness, and skin eruption.
Botox can be applied to all healthy adults except for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Masseter botox can be applied to healthy people who have problems such as teeth grinding, clenching due to thickening and growth of the masseter muscle or who want to have a sharp and wide jawline and aesthetically make the lower part of the face thin and beautiful-looking.
Masseter botox procedure lasts 15 to 30 minutes depending on the application area. Patients do not need to be hospitalized post-procedure; they can sustain their daily life. They can even work at the same day.
The effect of masseter botox is seen within a week and the desired result is achieved within roughly 6 weeks. As in other botox procedures, masseter botox, having effect for 4 to 6 months can be done at a single stage. However, it can be applied three times in 3 to 4 weeks period for more effective and permanent result. Reapplication of the botox, keeping away from sunlight, and using moisturizer or cream will prolong of the botox effect.
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