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Masseter Treatment At Winchester Facial Aesthetic Clinic

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Hypertrophic Masseter (Square Jaw) treatment

The masseter muscle is the strongest muscle in the body. It is used for chewing food and clenching the jaw. An overdeveloped masseter can give the appearance of a strong jaw line, a desirable feature in males but less so in females. An enlarged masseter muscle can be related to habits such as chewing gum, or chewing hard items such as ice, tough meats or nuts. Stress induced bruxism (grinding of the teeth) can also enlarge this muscle.

By injecting the jaw muscles with Azzalure (a brand name of botulinum), it is possible to reduce the need for jaw surgery and facial reshaping which have a prolonged recovery time. This specialised technique reduces the width of the jaw line by relaxing the masseter muscles. Reducing the activity of the masseter muscles also has a profound effect on people who have TMJ problems and can be a useful adjunct to bite splint therapy in patients who are grinding or clenching their teeth.

After having the injections, results will be visibly noticeable after one week. In some cases, a permanent change has been noticed after 2-3 treatments. However, it is important to remember that in most circumstances patients will experience long term benefits rather than a permanent change.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Masseter Treatment?

In some instances, patients have a tendency to develop overly square facial features. Azzalure, a muscle relaxant like Botox, can reduce the overall size of the main chewing muscle, called the masseter, allowing for improved facial proportions in a non-invasive manner.

How does Masseter Treatment vary from jaw reduction surgery?

The injections are a relatively painless and need little or no recovery time. Jaw reduction surgery is an invasive surgical procedure involving either cutting or shaving the mandible (lower jaw bone) to help reshape it.

Can you experience any pain after the treatment?

In patients treated by Dr. Narayan-Denning it is highly unusual to experience pain after the injection.

Can you experience problems when eating? Do I need to restrict my diet?

There should be no pain with eating. We recommend not chewing gum, chewy sweets, or tougher meat products.

How often does it need to be re-done?

It is recommended that patients are treated with a second treatment 2-4 months after the initial treatment. Most patients benefit from a further third treatment. Those that seek further contouring typically come for repeat injections every 6 months.

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