How is Botox a Treatment in Dentistry?
Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medication developed for both cosmetic and therapeutic treatments. The medication is injected directly into the muscles and after anywhere from 1 - 7 days, relaxation of the muscles develop. Therapeutic uses include the treatment of migraine headaches along with TMJ pain and related jaw discomfort. Cosmetic uses reduce the visual signs of aging by reducing or removing wrinkles. The procedure is considered a safe, effective way of treating signs of aging. Common areas for Botox® injections include horizontal forehead furrows, vertical lines between the eyebrows, and "crow's feet" around the eyes. All three of these areas can involved with chronic muscle tension which is often associated with headaches and TMJ pain. Botox® use is proven to be the best non-surgical form of alleviating muscle tension and facial pain with the added benefit of producing phenomenal improvements in your appearance.
Reasons for Considering a Botox Treatment:
- Excessive facial wrinkles caused by excessive facial muscle tension.
- Large wrinkles or furrows in your forehead associated with headaches.
- Small wrinkles or “crow’s feet” around your eyes.
- A vertical “frown line” between your eyebrows.
The procedure works by altering the facial muscles beneath the skin that are related to wrinkles. Pre-treatment local anesthetic cream is placed on the skin prior to Botox® treatment. Then a small syringe is used to deliver small amounts (0.01-0.02ml) of Botox® solution to the treatment muscle. Botox® works by temporarily blocking the impulses from the nerve to the muscles, thereby relaxing them. The result is the underlying facial muscles relax and the skin begins to smooth out. The effects of a Botox® treatment will last approximately three to six months after which the patient may choose to repeat the procedure.
Patients generally return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure, however following the post-procedure guidelines will dramatically reduce the length and intensity of the recovery period. Patients should avoid engaging in heavy physical exercise, applying cosmetics, or laying down flat for a minimum of 4 hours after the injections. It is also advisable to avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area/ material toward the eyeball area. Massage from the eye outward.