Broad Face

Broad face (Masseter Hypertrophy)

The 'Broad Face' look, is due to the over development of the masseter muscles of the face. This can make the face look quadrangular. It may be congenital or acquired. Northeastern Asians, including Koreans, belong ethnically to the Mongolian race, they tend to have a well developed mandible compared to Westerners. Acquired causes are usually due to grinding of the teeth, often subconsciously at night.

In either case a developed masster muscle makes the face look wider. This is undesirable for women and aesthetically unpleasing, because a square face gives a more masculine image.


The benefits of BOTOX® injections for the treatment of Broad Face

Precise injections of Botulinum Toxin into the masseter muscles cause them to weaken and shrink, giving the face a naturally slimmer appearance as the muscles reduce in size. This is sometimes referred to as BOTOX® Facial Slimming.

In one study, a small number of patients experienced chewing tough foods for 1-2 months after the procedure. This is due to the weakened power of the muscle. Otherwise side effects are minimal, and it is an simple procedure of 3 injections in each masseter muscle.


Merits of BOTOX® injections in masseteric hypertrophy

  1. Rapid effects take place, usually seen within two weeks of the procedure.
  2. The injection procedure is short (usually 10-15 minutes).
  3. No inconvenience to daily life after treatment.
  4. Very few side effects and little pain after treatment.
  5. The cost is inexpensive compared with surgery.


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