BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein that temporarily relaxes facial muscles that pull on the skin, thereby reducing or eliminating “dynamic” wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are creases in the skin that are only visible when the muscle is working.
The muscles that allow us to make facial expressions are anchored to the skin of the face. As these muscles pull during our expressions over a lifetime they bend the skin, and eventually this crease remains even when the muscles aren’t working. This is very similar to the way a crease develops along the toe of a leather shoe. When you buy the shoe, the leather is perfect and smooth. Every time you bend your foot the leather bends; eventually even when you are not wearing the shoe, the crease is visible. We call this a “static” wrinkle. Most of us develop these static wrinkles as we age.
BOTOX® Cosmetic simply relaxes the muscles that pull on the skin by blocking nerve impulses, dramatically lessening or eliminating the dynamic wrinkles you see when using your facial muscles. It can often soften static wrinkles that are present even when the muscles are relaxed, although it will not eliminate these completely.
Why should you see a dentist for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?
Of all the medical professionals that are licensed to administer Botox, dentists receive the most in-depth training on the facial muscles, their anatomy and how they work. Throughout their careers, dentists work diligently to perfect giving painless injections and give many more injections everyday than most other healthcare providers. This combination results in an incredible esthetic result from a very comfortable procedure.
At what age should you start using BOTOX® Cosmetic?
The answer lies in the fact that it works primarily on dynamic wrinkles. By starting early, you can delay the development of static wrinkles if you use Botox before they form as it will prevent the muscles from pulling on the skin.
How is BOTOX® Cosmetic used to enhance my dental esthetics?
Botox can be used to change the dynamics of your smile to lift the corners, or reduce the appearance of gum tissue over your teeth during a big smile.
How is BOTOX® Cosmetic used to treat TMJ disorders and facial pain?
TMJ disorders (TMD) and facial pain are treated in a variety of ways specific to each person’s unique circumstance and clinical findings. For some of our patients receiving TMD Therapy, Botox can be used to help reduce or eliminate muscle or joint pain.
Consider a complimentary BOTOX® Cosmetic consultation
If you are interested in finding out whether Botox is right for you, we offer a complimentary consultation to our patients of record. This appointment takes an hour and includes a series of photographs as well as an analysis of how the addition of Botox Cosmetic will compliment your overall treatment plan. The administration of BOTOX® Cosmetic takes only 15-20 minutes and you can return to your normal activities immediately without anyone knowing what was done. It takes about 14 days for the full effect to develop, and individual results may vary so you’ll return for a followup visit to evaluate the results. The effects of Botox are temporary and lasts for about 3 months. For patients wishing to continue Botox applications, we can coordinate them so that you can conveniently receive treatment at your dental cleaning visits.
There are several different types of Botox available and which have different applications. Dr. Brady administers only BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) by Allergan Pharmaceuticals. You can visit their website for more information: www.botoxcosmetic.com.