Botox® is the most commonly used trade name for the group of pharmaceuticals called neuromodulators. The other most common neuromodulator brands are named Xeomin and Dysport. All dentists that provide neuromodulator treatment will typically use one of these three brands. We will commonly refer to all neuromodulators as “Botox”, however Xeomin and Dysport are also implied in the name’s application.
This is a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that does not require anesthesia, takes very little time to complete and has no recovery time. It is safe, reversible and leaves no long lasting side effects.
How Does Botox® Work?
Consult with your dental professional to determine if Botox® could be an effective treatment for your medical symptoms or cosmetic needs.
Using a non permanent marker, key anatomical features are located as well as the sites where Botox® is to be injected.
Using a fine needle, Botox® is injected into the face and neck to relax subcutaneous muscles, revitalizing the look of your skin and easing muscle pain.
After two weeks, a follow up appointment allows for re-evaluation of the treatment’s effects.
As we age, the collagen fibres that support the skin’s structure break down and our skin begins to lose elasticity. Lines begin to develop around the mouth, between the eyebrows, around the eyes and on the forehead. These lines form because the muscle contractions that occur beneath the skin whenever we smile, frown or squint. In order to counteract these wrinkles a small amount of Botox® is injected into the muscle that causes the wrinkle. The Botox® works by inhibiting or blocking the nerve endings of the wrinkle causing muscle. The result is the muscles relax, the wrinkles in the overlying skin are smoothed giving the person a younger refreshed appearance. Understanding the anatomy and what muscles are causing the wrinkles allows the operator to place small amounts in the exact locations needed. This minimizes the amount of Botox® used and leaves other elements of facial expression active so there is minimal to no loss of sensory feeling.
The effects can start in 24-72 hours. It takes up to 2 weeks for the full effects to be noticed. The effects can last 3-4 months when a maintenance visit is then required. Over time the muscles are trained to relax so the wrinkles become less and less observable.