What is Masseter Botox?

The masseter is one of the muscles that helps you chew. It’s located on the side of your face and connects your cheekbone to your lower jawbone. When Botox is injected into the masseter, it’s called a masseter Botox. It’s sometimes called jaw Botox for your jaw muscles.. The treatment uses botulinum toxin to temporarily block nerve signals in the masseter. As a result, the muscle is unable to move and over time will relax a little and help alleviate symptoms associated with Bruxism like pain in the jaw and teeth and headaches.

What is Masseter Botox used for?

Botox in the masseter is typically used for:

  • managing teeth grinding
  • reducing jaw tension, pain, and clenching
  • relieving headaches
  • contouring a square jaw
  • creating a balanced face shape


Botulinum toxin (Botox® and similar agents) is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium A. Botulinum toxin can relax the muscles on areas of the face and head and neck muscles. Botox is diluted to a very controlled solution and when injected into the muscles with a very thin needle, it is almost painless. Patients may feel a slight burning sensation while the solution is being injected. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes and the results can last up to 3 months. With repeated treatments, the results may tend to last longer.


Before undergoing this procedure, understanding the risks is essential. No procedure is completely risk-free. Ensuring you are a candidate for masseter botox to reduce any jaw pain for amazing full results. The following risks may occur, but there may be unforeseen risks and risks that are not included on this list.  Some of these risks, if they occur, may necessitate hospitalization, and/or extended outpatient therapy to permit adequate treatment. It has been explained to me that there are certain inherent and potential risks and side effects in any invasive procedure and in this specific instance such risks include but are not limited to:

  1. Post-treatment discomfort, swelling, and rash, redness, local numbness, and bruising
  2. Double vision
  3. A weakened tear duct
  4. Post-treatment bacterial, and/or fungal infection requiring further treatment
  5. Allergic reaction
  6. Minor temporary droop of eyelid(s) in approximately 2% of injections, this usually lasts 2-3 weeks
  7. Occasional numbness of the forehead lasting up to 2-3 weeks
  8. Transient headache and
  9. Flu-like symptoms may occur.


When small amounts of purified botulinum toxin are injected into a muscle it causes weakness or paralysis of that muscle. This appears in 2 – 10 days and usually lasts up to 3 months but can be shorter or longer. In a very small number of individuals, the injection does not work as satisfactorily or for as long as usual and there are some individuals who do not respond at all.

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