BOTOX® offered in Bedford
BOTOX, or BOTOX Cosmetic, is a widely recognized brand of neuromodulating agents. It contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein with both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
The Botox process involves injecting purified protein into the areas of concern to freeze the muscle at the injection site. When injected into the muscles in a patient's face, BOTOX releases neurotoxins, which prevent the muscles from contracting and help them relax and smooth the wrinkles.
The Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia recognizes the use of Botulinum Toxin as part of the scope of practice for dentists in Nova Scotia. The therapeutic application for BOTOX is to treat Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) by relaxing the jaw muscles therefore preventing jaw movement and allievieting grinding related headaches.
BOTOX Treatment: What To Expect
We’ll answer any questions or concerns you might have before your treatment begins.
The injection is directed to the muscles under your skin. The needle is very fine to prevent pain, bruising, and swelling in the treatment area. Patients describe the injection as feeling like a mild pinch, similar to a mosquito bite.
After your treatment, you can’t lie down or bend your head for a sustained period. Also, avoid touching or rubbing the treatment area to avoid moving the BOTOX and affecting other muscles in your face. Some patients report experiencing temporary mild headaches after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Botulinum Toxin treatment?
Botulinum Toxins are purified proteins produced from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. They have been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990’s with no serious side effects documented. The treatment is commonly used to treat crow’s feet, frown and laugh lines, and facial wrinkles. The treatment can also be used to treat a “gummy smile,” and dental dysfunctions such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
How does the treatment work?
Small amounts of the toxin are injected into the facial muscles in the area being treated. This temporarily relaxes the muscles. The results usually last for 3-4 months. In some cases, you may need to return to our office for follow-up treatments.
Are there any side effects or possible complications?
Complications from Botulinum Toxin treatment can include facial bruising, or temporary drooping of the eyelid (for frown line treatment). The medication does not spread from the treatment area to the rest of the body.