What is Botox® and How Can It Benefit Me?

What is Botox® and How Can It Benefit Me

Do you wish you could smooth your wrinkles and leave your face looking healthier, more awake, and with years taken away from your appearance? You could be in luck! Botox® therapy may offer just what you want.

Dr. Theresa Collins here at East Valley Dental Professionals is now offering Botox treatments to patients for this very purpose. She is happy to discuss your interests and goals with you to determine whether Botox could be right for you.

What is Botox®?

Botox® is a brand name for the very diluted form of onabotulinumtoxinA, which is a neurotoxin that blocks the transmission of the nerve to the muscle. By blocking the ability of the nerve to activate the muscle, it essentially relaxes the muscle and reduces the winkle. It is used for a wide variety of purposes, including the temporary reduction of pesky wrinkles, worry lines, and crow’s feet to create a smoother, younger appearance.

Many people think of Botox® as only being used to smooth wrinkles on the face, but Botox® therapy can be used for numerous medical benefits. It is quite successfully being used to reduce muscle spasms, facial pain, temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) problems, decrease muscle tone for conditions such as cerebral palsy, and to ease migraine headaches, among lots of other uses.

Why can Dr. Collins perform a Botox® procedure?
Dental students learn the anatomy of the entire human body, with special emphasis on the head and neck, while studying to become dentists. The areas in and around mouth and face are where dentists treat patients on a daily basis. This hands-on experience gives dentists a natural advantage when it comes to giving Botox® injections.

With a few additional courses, dentists can become certified to give Botox® injections to their patients who request it. Having taken the appropriate courses, Dr. Collins is qualified and able to give Botox® to her patients.

Why should I go to a dentist, like Dr. Collins, instead of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon?

It can be argued that dentists are among the most qualified professionals to perform Botox treatments around the mouth and face. While other medical personnel have a basic overview of the oral and maxillofacial areas, dentists are much more knowledgeable and experienced in this region. Dentists are specialized in oral, perioral, and oro-facial procedures and should naturally be thought of an appropriate resource for Botox® treatment.

How does Botox® fit in with aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Aesthetically pleasing smiles are not just the result of cosmetic dentistry though. Botox treatments can contribute to this goal as well. Just as crowns or veneers can give patients confidence in their smile, when the wrinkles around the forehead, eyes, and mouth are reduced, patients can feel even more proud of their appearance.

What does a Botox® treatment involve?

Botox is administered through a series of brief, tiny injections just under the skin and into the adjacent muscle. Most patients find this procedure quick and painless, however some patients do experience mild discomfort during the procedure or soreness around the injection site in the next few days. Topical anesthetic may be used if desired.

Like all dental procedures, our patients’ Botox® treatments are confidential.

More and more patients across the country and around the world are enjoying the benefits of Botox treatments. But, as with many other aesthetic or cosmetic procedures, patients may prefer not to disclose to their family or friends that they are choosing to have procedures done to alter their appearance.

What is the time frame for a Botox® treatment?

Typically patients find that Botox® lasts for about three months, though it depends on each person – on some patients the effects caused by Botox® last up to six months.

But are there any disadvantages of Botox® therapy?

Potential disadvantages may include soreness, dizziness, bruising, droopiness, and irritation at the injection site. These and other undesirable outcomes are uncommon. Most patients experience no negative side effects and are very pleased with the results of the procedure.

Who is a candidate for Botox®?

Both men and women can benefit from Botox. Patients may decide to temporarily reverse the natural signs of aging for any number reasons. Oftentimes patients choose Botox to help them maintain a professional appearance for work.

We are very excited to begin working with you! To see if Botox therapy could be the right fit for you and your situation, contact East Valley Dental Professionals today.