Most people know and love BOTOX® Cosmetic for its ability to smooth away unwanted lines and wrinkles. But this treatment has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, especially when it comes to the jaw. At Destination Aesthetics™, we use BOTOX® to slim the jawline and even minimize symptoms of a common condition called TMJ.
In this blog post, we’re answering your questions about how jawline BOTOX can transform both your comfort and your confidence. Read on for the details!
How Does BOTOX® Jawline Slimming Work?
Have you ever heard of the masseter muscle? It runs from near your cheekbone down to the bottom of your jaw on either side, and it’s responsible for chewing, talking, and most other jaw movements. Like any other muscle, it can become overdeveloped over time, bulking out the sides of your jaw and giving your face a square, more masculine shape.
When injected directly into the masseter muscle, BOTOX® causes it to relax. With repeated treatments, the muscle weakens, slimming down some of that bulking.
How Many BOTOX® Units Will I Need in My Masseter?
This can vary from person to person, depending on the size of your muscle and how your jawline responds to the BOTOX®. For our Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento-area clients, we’ll often start with 20 to 40 units on each side and wait a couple of weeks to assess the results before injecting additional units as needed.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ technically refers to the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jawbone to your skull. However, it’s often used interchangeably with temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a condition in which tension in the jaw causes symptoms ranging from mild jaw pain to some pretty intense headaches. It’s often a stress-related issue, although we don’t know the exact cause for sure.
Can BOTOX® Really Treat TMJ?
One important expectation to set is that BOTOX® can’t cure TMJ altogether. However, it is an excellent way to manage symptoms. One study found that 91% of people experienced a significant reduction in jaw pain after being treated with BOTOX®. It’s just one of the injectable’s many surprising uses, which you can learn more about in this blog post.
How Does BOTOX® for TMJ Work?
TMJ treatment and jawline slimming go hand-in-hand. This treatment is also done by injecting the masseter muscle and encouraging your jaw to relax rather than clench. You’ll enjoy the best results if you keep up with regular treatments every 3 to 4 months.
We also recommend working with your dentist to treat the source of your TMJ, which may mean adjusting certain lifestyle factors and addressing other related conditions—teeth grinding (bruxism) is a big one.
How Much Does Masseter BOTOX® Cost?
BOTOX is priced by the unit, so the cost of your jaw BOTOX treatment depends on the number of units injected. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to consult with an injector one-on-one about your personal treatment plan. At Destination Aesthetics™, we always detail your expected costs for you before moving forward with your treatment so that there are no surprises.
Want to learn more about jawline slimming and TMJ treatment with masseter BOTOX? Our injectors can’t wait to answer your questions! Request a consultation online or call (916) 844-4913 to get in touch. You can find our med spas in El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento, CA.
*Bethenny Frankel in 2013 (left) and in 2016. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty