Botox®, or botulinum toxin, is a purified protein that, when injected into the muscles by your cosmetic doctor, will attach itself to the nerve endings of motor muscles. This attachment affects the nerve transmission to these muscles, ceasing the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles in the skin. Approximately three to ten days after treatment, patients will see the skin above these muscles become smoother. Botox® is designed to last for approximately three to four months, depending on the metabolic activity of the patient and certain lifestyle choices. It has also been effective in reducing chronic headaches when other conventional therapies are unsuccessful.
How BOTOX® For TMJ Works
Because Botox is a muscle relaxer, when injected in muscles affected by tempromandibular joint and facial pain, the intensity of muscle contractions will be significantly reduced. When these muscle contractions are reduced, the pain associated with TMJ or bruxism is significantly reduced.
The Benefits of BOTOX® Therapy:
The reduction of frequency clenching events
The reduction of intensity of clenching events
Reduced damage to the teeth, gums and jaw
The smoothing of lines between the brows and forehead
Results are seen within 24-48 hours
BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment. When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.
BOTOX® Cosmetic works beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet.
Real, noticeable results
You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.
Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch
Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes
Your specialist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you.
Botox® in dentistry therapy can also be effective in treating patients with high lip lines. Previous treatments would have required invasive surgical treatments to adjust the gum line to meet the lip line. The procedures needed to improve the appearance of the smile can be aggressive and invasive. With Botox®, cosmetic doctors can now relax the muscles surrounding the lip so that they are weakened and cannot raise as high as before. When done precisely, the patient will maintain full lip competency and will appear to have a lower lip line.
Visit your cosmetic doctor today for your Botox® consultation. We can determine if the benefits of Botox® in dentistry could be of help you.
KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
What to expect
KYBELLA® (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”.
Dr. Strouth will design a treatment plan tailored to help you improve your chin profile. During your treatment sessions, Dr. Strouth will administer KYBELLA® into the fat under your chin using multiple injections. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.