Can Botox Be Used For Temporal Reduction?

Q: Dr. Eppley, When i was younger my head wasn’t that wide but with time and some jaw problems my temporal muscles got bigger and bigger because of the jaws. Now i feel like my head is a little bit ”too wide” in the temporalis place. When i press the muscles in with my hands i look way better and my skull looks more natural. I don’t know what to do because there aren’t any surgeons who do these kinds of surgeries where I live. Can you reduce the muscles with botox? and how long do that last?.

A: Botox is always a first place to start for temporal muscle reduction when surgery is not an option. It will not have the same effect as temporal reduction surgery but it will produce some modest temporal reduction effects…albeit of a temporary nature.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana