Is Masseter Botox Worth It? We Asked 8 People for Their Honest Reviews

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If you regularly wake up with a sore jaw, chances are you’ve come across masseter Botox as a possible remedy. Yep, even though botulinum toxin (the scientific name for Botox, if you didn't know) is most known for its ability to temporarily smooth facial wrinkles, it’s got some research-backed medical benefits too.

Basically, these injections work by temporarily relaxing your masseter muscles (under your cheekbones and near your jaw), which can reduce teeth grinding and clenching, and alleviate symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)—a group of disorders that can cause pain in your jaw joints and the surrounding muscles, and may trigger tension headaches and migraine attacks. Even if you don’t deal with any of these issues, you might be considering masseter Botox for cosmetic reasons: Namely, it can temporarily shrink your muscles and make your jawline look slimmer as a result.

Given the potential perks—and the fact that it seems like everyone is getting Botox these days—it makes sense that these injections are pretty popular. If you search #masseterbotox on TikTok (which has more than 200M views), for instance, you’ll see thousands of jaw-dropping (heh) before-and-after videos—alongside a few horror stories.

As enticing as these anecdotal endorsements may seem, however, it’s important to consider the possible downsides, too. While masseter Botox is generally considered safe, it can cause bruising and some folks say it’s a little uncomfortable. And if it’s not done right, there’s also a chance it could temporarily make your smile asymmetrical, research shows. (Here’s some expert advice for choosing a qualified injector.) Oh, and let’s not forget that it can be pretty pricey, especially if insurance isn’t covering your treatment. (Depending on where you go, who’s doing it, and how many units you need, masseter Botox can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000.)

Okay, considering all of the potential pros and cons above, let’s answer what you really want to know: Is masseter Botox worth it? We asked eight people who got the injections if the results lived up to the hype—and justified the price.

“I didn’t notice significant changes.”

Name: Aisha C.

Age: 26

Price: $400

Why you got masseter Botox: “To reduce my jaw clenching and slim my face.”

Was it worth it?: No.

“I didn't see a big difference in my face shape like in other before-and-after videos [I saw online]. Also, my jaw clenching didn’t completely stop: It lessened slightly but resumed after a few weeks.”

“A huge relief for my TMJ.”

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Name: Nicole P.

Age: 28

Price: Free (covered by insurance)

Why you got masseter Botox: “I heard it was an option to alleviate some of my TMJ symptoms, which included jaw clicking, clenching, teeth grinding, and pain.”

Was it worth it?: Yes.

“Overall, this was a huge relief for my TMJ symptoms. I’ve noticed a huge reduction in the intensity of pain, as well as a reduction in the size of my masseter muscles (which used to make my lower face look bulky).”

“I would definitely keep paying for this.”

Name: Angela P.

Age: 47

Price: $1,000

Why you got masseter Botox: “For my TMJ.”

Was it worth it?: Yes.

“I credit Botox as the reason I stopped having debilitating migraines for three years or any TMJ flare-ups the last two. I would continue paying out of pocket.”

“Wasn’t worth the price.”

Name: Kate H.

Age: 53

Price: $400

Why you got masseter Botox: “I wanted to address the sagging in my lower face and get a sharper and slimmer jawline.”

Was it worth it?: No.

“For how expensive it was, I didn’t notice a big enough difference: I have a wide, developed jaw muscle and was told Botox could soften that (which, for me, it didn’t). If it was cheaper, I’d probably do it again to see if it’s worth it, but because of the price, I wouldn’t.”

“I don’t think I could ever not do it now.”

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Name: Minal M.

Age: 36

Price: $500

Why you got masseter Botox “I was constantly clenching my jaw due to my anxiety, and it was giving me headaches. Slimming of the face was a bonus.”

Was it worth it?: Yes

“It took about six weeks for me to see a change—which I saw when comparing an older photo of myself with a recent one. I plan to keep maintaining it, but the effects do wear off after three months. That’s around when I start to feel my jaw clenching again.”

“Would one hundred percent pay for this again.”

Name: Chantal E.

Age: 38

Price: $400

Why you got masseter Botox: “I've dealt with years of jaw pain from clenching while I sleep. The usual route of using a mouthguard didn't work, and I heard that Botox could help. My dentist also recommended it.”

Was it worth it?: Yes.

“The moment the Botox started wearing off is when I realized, ‘Oh, dear…my jaw and neck pain is making a comeback!’ There wasn’t much of a cosmetic difference, mostly because that wasn't my concern, but I did find major relief for the pain I was experiencing.”

“So worth it—if you have the right provider.”

Name: Jorien E.

Age: 35

Price: $450

Why you got masseter Botox: “My dentist recommended it for my terrible jaw pain from clenching at night.”

Was it worth it?: Yes.

“I would only go to a reputable place: The second time, the person who injected me didn’t place the Botox correctly and it impacted my smile for about six months. I only ran into that issue once throughout five different appointments—otherwise, it was incredibly worth it.”

“Very much worth it.”

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Name: Chelsea O.

Age: 24

Price: $300

Why you got masseter Botox: “Purely for aesthetics. I felt like my face looked quite puffy.”

Was it worth it?: Yes.

“The difference was like night and day. I was hoping to get more of a V-shaped jawline, so for me, this was very much worth it.”

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