Botox is a safe injectable medicine that has been used since the 1970s. The FDA first approved it for ophthalmological use and in the 1990s its use expanded to the treatment of cosmetic concerns. Today there are many applications in which Botox has a therapeutic effect, including treatment of migraines, strabismus (eye muscle problem), TMJ, excess sweating, overactive bladder as well as cosmetic benefits.
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Botox reduces the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the small muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract—as in frowning or squinting. This treatment cannot lead to addiction or permanent changes.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BOTOX?
Both women and men can benefit from Botox. For example, deep wrinkles between the eyebrows can lead to an “angry” look, which Botox treatment can soften. Someone who has a habit of clenching their teeth may have fuller or sore muscles; the resulting wider facial appearance can be reduced by Botox injections. Often people notice a “gummy smile” as the lip rises or a thinning of the upper lip as one ages, both of which can be improved with this treatment.
DOES BOTOX HURT?
Due to the tiny thin needles that are used, there is very little discomfort compared to any other typical injections. On occasion, anesthetics can be used but are rarely needed.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE MY RESULTS?
Botox takes a few days to work and 7- 10 days for maximum results; its effects wear off in 3-4 months but can be repeated.
HOW DIFFERENT WILL I LOOK?
Patients can elect to have a very natural or a more dramatic result. There is an art to administering Botox and part of this is understanding a patient’s goals. Therefore, in each case, a plan should be developed to tailor dosages before undertaking a treatment to create the desired effect. A patient may be asked to return after a couple of weeks to analyze results and to “touch up” as needed.
CONTACT LINDNER DENTAL IN BEDFORD, NH
At Lindner Dental, it is very important to understand our patient’s motivation and preferences as to how they would like to improve their appearance or seek to relieve discomfort. A thorough assessment of each person’s wishes, unique facial structure, and level of muscle activity is the first step in any treatment we administer.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox or scheduling a consultation, please call our office at 603-624-3900. At Lindner Dental we have always loved helping our patients look and feel their best. We are so excited to add cosmetic and therapeutic Botox to the list of services we offer.