BOTOX® can be used for both esthetic and theraputic purposes in the facial area. BOTOX® works by reducing and relaxing the contractions of muscles. Therapeutic BOTOX® treatments can quiet the muscles that cause grinding, clenching and TMJ disorders. BOTOX® can also be used to help reduce very high or gummy smiles. Additionally, when some people smile the crow’s feet lines around their eyes get exaggerated. BOTOX® reduces the muscle pull and crow’s feet are softened. Laugh lines and worry lines can also be softened by the use of BOTOX® . Some people as a consequence of clenching develop enlarged jaw muscles. Therapeutic BOTOX® can cause these muscles to relax and the facial features can become slimmer and more streamlined.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to treatment. In addition, a complete examination of your face is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. All issues and concerns will be discussed.
The areas that will be treated are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to determine the amount of improvement after treatment.
The BOTOX® Procedure
Most BOTOX® injections are performed without anesthesia because it is virtually painless. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain the effects. Research has suggested, however, that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect. Patients over the age of 65 may not experience as dramatic of results. Esthetic BOTOX® is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.
After the procedure patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Possible side effects are temporary weakness of nearby muscles or in rare cases an eyelid may droop. BOTOX® is completely reversible so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The doctor will explain all risks associated at the time of your consultation.