A couple of years ago, I started grinding my teeth so hard that I cracked a tooth and I needed to get it replaced with a crown. Since then, I’ve chipped that crown twice along with a few other teeth. I knew I needed to do something, but I didn’t really want to wear a night guard.
Then a few months ago, I came across an Instagram post from Julia Doan where she had briefly mentioned getting masseter botox. I saw that she had also written a blog post about it a few years ago. After reading that post, I kept toying around with the idea of getting masseter botox. My main reason for getting it was to stop my jaw from grinding my teeth so much at night. As an added bonus, since it makes your masseter muscle weaker, it would make that muscle smaller over time and slim the down the face.
The only thing was, I’d never gotten botox before. I didn’t know where to go, and I was scared of needles. After doing some research (aka reading many reviews), I decided to book an appointment with Dr. B at Plump Cosmetics & Injectables.
On the day of my appointment, I went after work and was warmly greeted by the staff. I was really nervous at first since it was my first time getting this procedure done, but everyone there was so welcoming and they really helped calm my nerves.
When I mentioned that I was afraid of needles, Dr. B gave me this vibrating face tool to distract me from the injections. I don’t think I’ll need it next time because the injections were a a 1-2/10 on my pain scale, and it was over in less than 10 minutes.
As for price, it depends on how many units of botox they use. At the time of writing this post, Plump charges $12.99 per unit and my total came out to be $448 (the masseter botox treatment starts at $420). I’ll have to go back in three months for another session, but as I continue to get this treatment, the time in-between sessions will get further apart.
As for recovery time, there is almost no downtime. I noticed some very minor bruising, but they were so small, it blended in with my acne scars 😂
Now for the before and after photos:
I think it’s a really subtle difference and hard to tell if you’re not staring closely. The jaw muscles look less pronounced and my jawline looks a bit smoother. Also, I didn’t realize how uneven my jawline was until I took these photos 😅
As for the teeth grinding, I do feel like my teeth grinding is less intense before. I do think I’m still grinding my teeth, but life has also gotten more stressful since this procedure so it probably evened out 🤷🏻♀️. I think I might go for more units of botox next time I go in to further weaken the muscles.
Would I recommend this procedure? It really depends on your situation. First and foremost, do your research! Botox is a toxin that you are injecting into your body and there could be side effects as well as health complications. Also, make sure the place you’re going to is reputable and clean.
For me, this was a cosmetic procedure I was curious about and I wanted to see if it would help me with my teeth grinding. I had trouble finding information about people’s personal experience online, so I wanted to write about it in case anyone else was curious. I will most likely go back in two months to get another dosage.
Plump Cosmetics & Injectables
There are two locations:
210 East 60th Street
224 West 18th Street