Can Masseter BOTOX® Bring More Balance to My Face?

By: Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia


BOTOX is known for its ability to smooth lines and wrinkles. However, these injections can also be used to sculpt the face.

If you're concerned that your face is losing volume and your jawline is looking wider, getting BOTOX injections in your masseter muscle can help bring back a youthful balance to your face shape. At Infinite Health Zone in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia (Dr. A.) can help shape your face with BOTOX. Below, we'll look at how the procedure works.

How does BOTOX create a more youthful look?

BOTOX is a purified form of botulism toxin that is designed to limit nerve signals to the muscles in the face. By paralyzing these muscles, your face no longer makes the expressions that lead to the formation of eye creases, forehead lines, or brow lines, for example. The result is smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

When BOTOX is injected into specific muscles, it can also help change the overall shape of your face, making it look slimmer in some places. For example, as we age, we tend to lose volume in our upper cheekbones and gain it in the lower part of our faces. This can lead to a drooping look or a squaring of the jawbone that ages our face. Similarly, those who grind their teeth and clench their jaws (or even those who frequently chew gum) can overwork their jawbones, making them look wider. For some, this is not an ideal outcome.

How does the masseter muscle affect face shape?

The masseter muscle connects your lower jaw to your cheek and is one of the muscles we use when chewing. When it's overworked, it becomes more prominent, just like any other muscle.

By injecting BOTOX into the masseter muscle, Dr. A. helps patients at Infinite Health Zone slim down their jaw. This can help paralyze the muscles used in teeth grinding and jaw clenching. As the masseter muscle weakens, the jaw softens again, and the bottom of the face tends to slim down.

Masseter BOTOX is ideal for those who want to reduce the look of a square face and draw attention back up to their cheekbones and away from their chin.

Can I look younger with masseter BOTOX?

A softer, slimmer jawline tends to make faces look more feminine. That's why masseter BOTOX is especially popular with women in their 40s and 50s who are beginning to see extra bulk on the bottom of their faces.

Patients often notice the first signs of a softer jawline within a few days of getting BOTOX injections. It's an efficient and noninvasive way to achieve masseter muscle and jawline reduction and get rid of what some clients refer to as "chipmunk" cheeks, leaving a sharper and more sculpted V-shape at the bottom of the face.

Before masseter BOTOX, the only way to slim the jawline was through invasive plastic surgery that involved shaving down the jawbone. Now, simple injections 3 – 4 times per year can give individuals a softer, slimmer, more youthful face shape.

Get masseter BOTOX in San Francisco, CA

If you've noticed your jaw becoming broader as you age and want to remove some of the bulk at your jawline, you may be a candidate for masseter BOTOX.

Patients in San Francisco, CA who are interested in shaping and slimming their jawline with masseter BOTOX injections can schedule a consultation with Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia at Infinite Health Zone.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.