Prominent Masseter
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Prominent Masseter

Are you concerned about your appearance? Do you have a prominent masseter muscle that makes your face look wide or square? If you are looking for ways to improve your appearance, you may be considering surgery to reduce the size of your masseter muscle.

The masseter muscle is a large, rectangular muscle located in the jaw. It is responsible for clenching the teeth and moving the jaw. It constitutes three unique layers and functions with the adjoining muscles to move the jaw bone and temporomandibular joint. Prominent masseter muscles may give the appearance of a large, square jaw.  It can also make the face look wider than it is.

Symptoms of the prominent masseter

Some of the common symptoms of prominent masseter or masseter hypertrophy are as follows:

  • Your face appears to be wide and square-shaped
  • You have a strong jawline
  • Jaw clenching or teeth grinding
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Jaw pain or TMJ

People with prominent masseter may also experience:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling in the face

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor or dentist to rule out any other underlying conditions.

Causes of the prominent masseter

There are several possible causes for masseter hypertrophy, including genetics, hormones, and certain types of facial exercises. In some cases, it may be due to grinding or clenching teeth, overuse of the jaw muscles, or injuries to the jaw. Enlarged masseter muscle on one side occurs when the individual has a dental issue, thereby using one side instead of both or habitually keeps chewing on a single side.

What are the treatment options for prominent masseter?

Neuromodulator injections (Botox): Neuromodulator injections, also known as botox injections, are a type of treatment that can be used to help reduce the appearance of a prominent masseter muscle. The injections work by temporarily paralyzing the muscle, which can help to reduce its size and improve the overall appearance of the face. The injections are typically performed every four to six months, and the results can last for up to a year.

If you are interested in neuromodulator injections, it is important to consult with a qualified physician who has experience in performing this type of treatment. Injections should only be performed by a licensed medical professional.

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