What is Botox?
Botox is a widely recognized brand of neuromodulating agents. It contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein that has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
The Botox process involves injections containing purified bacteria into the areas of concern to freeze the muscle at the injection point. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox releases neurotoxins, which prevent the muscles from contracting and help them to relax.
At Say Cheese Dentistry, Dr. Sherif Elsaraj is trained in both upper and lower face Botox treatments.
What To Expect With Botox Treatment
In order to have your needs understood, your dentist will take the time prior to treatment to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.
The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin using a very fine needle to help lower the possibility of pain, bruising, or swelling. The small needle allows the pain associated to be compared to the pinch you would get from a bug bite.
Once your treatment has been completed you must try not to lay down or bend your head for the first few hours.
It is important to avoid touching or rubbing the treatment area to avoid moving the Botox and affecting other muscles. Occasionally some patients may experience a headache following a Botox injection.
- How long does a Botox treatment take, and what is involved?
Botox treatments take a short amount of time and are typically completed in around 15-25 minutes. While it won't require anesthesia, your dentist may use topical anaesthesia. During the procedure, a fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles.
- Is Botox safe?
Our authorized prescribers are familiar with the relevant anatomy. They will employ measures associated with the safe and effective use of BOTOX, which include proper storage, selection of the correct dose, and proper administration techniques. Our care is patient-focused with an emphasis on safety which may require our team to inquire about previous surgeries and procedures that you have experienced.
- How long does a Botox treatment last?
Botox treatments are metabolized by the body over time but typically last around 3-5 months.
- What is included with the first consultation?
During your first consultation, it will be necessary for your dentist to complete a comprehensive facial and dental examination and discuss your desires as well as any concerns. If they conclude that Botox is an ideal treatment for you then your appointment will be booked and they will discuss the next steps with you.
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
Two weeks prior to your treatment you should stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin as these can increase the likelihood of bruising. One week before your visit you should also stop drinking alcohol.
- What are the risks associated with Botox?
The possible side effects from Botox treatments are rare and if they occur will pass quickly. Some of these side effects may be:
• Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
• Headache or flu-like symptoms
• Droopy eyelid or eyebrows
• Crooked smile or drooling
• Eye dryness or excessive tearing
It is important to contact us if you are still experiencing side effects more than a few days after your treatment or if your side effects are severe.
- Who should avoid Botox treatment?
Botox treatment is not considered safe for everyone and should be avoided by:
• People with infection at the proposed injection site.
• People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections.
• People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles.
• Children under the age of 18 years.
• Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- What are the recommendations for aftercare?
• In the hours following your treatment it is recommended that you contract your facial muscles periodically by frowning and lifting your eyebrows to allow the toxin to reach all of the treated muscles.
• Wait at least 48 hours prior to receiving any facial massage and avoid rubbing the area to have the injection remain in the treatment area.
• Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.