Botox in the masseter muscle – my face doesn’t move normally!
For those who are wondering what and where the masseter muscle is …….it’s the large muscle at the angle of the jaw that’s under the earlobe and forward just a bit. Clench your teeth and you should be able to feel it. It’s part of the problem (usually) in TMJ and clenching issues and sometimes Botox is used in these muscles by doctors who treat TMJ.
Botox/Dysport is used aesthetically most in Korea where a large masseter muscle is considered unattractive, especally for females. It is also used sometimes in the U.S. and other parts of the world to slim the lower face.
In my opinion, it is best to start with this process, if it’s indicated, conservatively! Meaning in a female somewhere between 10-15 units on each side. A smaller female on the lower side. If more slimming is needed later, another treatment can always be done. Also, placement is key. It is possible that the doctor who injected you, injected into different muscle groups as well.
Please, please ………..go back to your doctor and find out exactly where the Botox was placed and have a respectful but honest conversation so the doctor can see the results.
To reassure you, your face will go back to normal but it may take 2-6 months, depending on exactly where the Botox/dysport was placed. It may help to find a good aesthetician who does electrostimulation facials and have her/him stimulate the muscles that are currently slack in the interim. I’m very sad this happened to you and I know it’s frustrating.
Hope this helps, Dr. I