Botox is an injectable cosmetic that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet. It can also be used to relieve tight muscles caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
When Botox is injected beneath your skin, it blocks nerve signals from reaching certain muscles in your face. Over time, the muscles relax, easing tension and causing your skin to appear younger and smoother.
Botox appointments typically are shorter than 30 minutes and don’t require any downtime. As soon as you leave the office, you can return to work and other routine activities right away.
Preparing for Botox is easy and hassle-free. During your initial consultation, your Fair Lakes Family Dentistry provider reviews your medical history and asks about your goals. Let them know about any prescription medicines, vitamins, or supplements you take regularly. You should also tell them about any allergies or underlying medical conditions.
Remove all of your makeup before receiving Botox. Your provider might also ask you to stop taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin a few days before your appointment to reduce the risk of bruising.
At Fair Lake Family Dentistry, the team performs Botox on an outpatient basis. Treatment takes about half an hour and doesn’t require any general anesthesia. If you have sensitive skin, let your provider know. They can apply a topical anesthetic before administering the Botox injections.
Once you’re comfortable, your Fair Lake Family Dentistry provider administers a series of injections. Several of the injections are administered between your eyebrows and the rest are administered on the outer edges of your eyes to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet.
Botox is safe and usually well-tolerated. Following treatment, it’s normal to experience some mild bruising and discomfort. Other minor side effects include:
If you’re allergic to Botox, you might also develop a rash or itchy skin.
Following your Botox appointment at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, avoid massaging, rubbing, or applying pressure to the area where you received the injections. These and other similar activities can cause Botox to spread into other areas of your body, negatively affecting your results.
The results of Botox aren’t permanent, but they do last an average of four* months. You’ll know it’s time to make a follow-up appointment at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry when you notice wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet appearing on your face.
If you receive Botox for TMJ, you’ll know it’s time to schedule a follow-up appointment when you begin to experience headaches and jaw pain again.
To learn more about the benefits of Botox, make an appointment at Fair Lakes Family Dentistry by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.