Botox®

 

A prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time.  We offer this procedure to our patients as well as Juvederm dermal filler.

How does Botox® work?

When  a cosmetic result is desired,  a few tiny injections of Botox Cosmetic blocks nerve impulses to the injected muscles, reducing their contractions. This reduced muscle activity helps reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.

What’s involved when getting Botox® injections?

Prior to administering Botox® injections, the dentist needs to check the patient’s suitability for treatment.  When used in conjunction with certain medications and substances, Botox® may not produce the desired results.  It is exceptionally important therefore, to be honest about prior medical history.  Botox® is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.

The Botox® injections take 10-20 minutes to administer, depending on the amount required.  The Botox® procedure will be performed at the dental office, since it is non-surgical.  Driving ability will not be impaired by the treatment, so there is no need for a designated driver.  The injections are no more painful than a bug bite or pinprick, but nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be used to reduce anxiety if necessary.

Normal activity can be resumed immediately after the Botox® treatment, but strenuous activity should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment.  It may take several days to feel the full benefits of the treatment, but Botox® will continue to work for up to 3 months.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Botox® treatment, please contact our office.

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