Botox Injections – Not just for wrinkles anymore!
Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, has grown in its popularity and use over the last 50 years or so. The effect of injection of this product is to relax or block neuromuscular transmission to an injected site. While the primary use currently is cosmetic, the dental community has discovered that if injected into a muscle of the face or neck, Botox will relax strained muscles in your jaw and neck so those areas can recover.
Patients who clench or grind their teeth, consciously or not, cause a tremendous amount of strain on the lower and upper jaw muscles as well as their necks.
What to expect in your Botox Treatment:
Before: Although most people tolerate the injection discomfort well, please let us know if you are interested in comfort treatments available before your treatment begins.
Injections. Your doctor can inject a numbing medication into your skin.
Cream. A prescription cream can be applied 60 to 90 minutes before the procedure.
Cold spray. A blast of very cold air is directed at the skin for about 10 seconds. The numbness only lasts a few seconds.
During: Our Aesthetician will use a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated.
After: Expect to resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area.
Botox® Cosmetic is FDA approved to reduce the appearance of the glabellar lines (facial lines between the eyebrows). Botox Cosmetic has been tested for over twenty years and has one of the highest proven safety records. Side effects are typically temporary. Bo- tox® Cosmetic is a Natural Purified Protein derived from bacteria, just as Penicillin is derived from mold. Lines and wrinkles form from movement of the brow muscles. Botox® Cosmetic injections reduce the muscle contractions that cause skin to crease.