WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox is a non-surgical procedure. Botox is dispensed through injection. Botox temporarily paralyzes muscle movement in desired areas by sending a signal to the nerve that is attached to the designated muscle, which relaxes and softens the muscle. Botox can be used on multiple parts of the body for numerous purposes.
HOW BOTOX WORKS
Botox injections target the underlying muscles in the area it is meant to treat. such as your TMJ muscles. The muscles overworking can cause physical irritations. such as jaw pain, stiffness when opening and even migraines. This will temporarily relax the muscle and not cause it to overwork, in turn relaxing the muscles that cause your pain.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin all inject an FDA approved neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A, which is most commonly used to smooth facial wrinkles. So what makes them different from one another? Their formulations. This formulation impacts the dosage used and how quickly results can be seen.
– The Botox formulation includes botulinum toxin type A and an accompanying protein.
– Dysport also includes an accompanying protein, but a smaller version.
– Xeomin does not use any accompanying proteins.
Peolpe who have the following issues:
Wrinkles and fine lines around eyes, mouth, and forehead
Botox works great for softening muscles that cause TMJ pain and migraines. To treat these, Botox is injected into the muscle underneath the problem area to temporarily paralyze the muscle. This should be repeated every 3-4 months for lasting results.
PROVIDING RELIEF FROM EXCESSIVE JAW PAIN OTHERWISE KNOWN AS TMJ
Do you have trouble with severe pain in your jaw? Does it lock up or make it difficult or uncomfortable to chew or eat your favorite foods? A TMJ disorder (TMD) can be a debilitating condition to live with, and many patients who battle this problem can have difficulty determining what caused it. Fortunately, individuals with TMD can find relief with various treatment methods. Botox is a safe and proven method for helping patients achieve relief from TMJ/TMD pain. To find out how TMJ therapy will help you, contact our dental office.
Botox is the only FDA approved injectable treatment for fighting migraines. To qualify for this treatment, patients must experience 15 or more migraines lasting 4 or more hours per month. This treatment typically relieves 9 migraines a month, and should be repeated every 12 weeks for lasting results.
During your consultation , you will explain any areas of concern you have. Then a thorough examination to determine what areas can benefit from a Botox treatment, and both you and your doctor together will come up with the best individualized treatment plan. The treatment process from start to finish will be explained so you are made fully aware of all aspects of the procedure.
If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to ask them at this time. We encourage an open line of communication, and will gladly address any concerns. Pricing inquiries will also be discussed at this time.
Botox is a rather quick process, taking merely minutes.
It is performed in an office setting, and patients are free to go once the procedure is completed. Some people choose to get Botox injections during their lunch break and are able to return right back to work. While numbing is not required, some patients may request topical numbing cream. In these cases, numbing takes roughly 45 – 60 minutes, and once the numbing effect is achieved, the Botox injection is administered with a thin needle to the desired areas.
HOW DO WE DECIDE HOW MANY UNITS OF BOTOX TO USE?
Specific portions of each treatment area requires a certain dosage of Botox. This number varies depending on the patient’s gender, age, and the areas being treated. During your consultation we will determine the number of units depending on the severity of the issue.
There is no downtime required after a Botox treatment; patients are able to return home right after their procedure. Side effects are rare, but temporary muscle weakness may occur; this resolves itself quickly. It is recommended not to rub the treatment area right away. Best results can be enjoyed 2-3 days after your treatment, and can last between 3-12 months depending on the patient.