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Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a cosmetic dental treatment that involves injecting Botox into the skin to smooth out fine lines in the face. Examples of these fine lines include wrinkles and frown lines. Botox disrupts muscle activity in the face, restricting movement for a smoother, more youthful face.
Aside from cosmetic treatments, dentists can also use Botox to treat neck spasms, a painful condition where the neck muscles spasm uncontrollably. This reflex makes the head turn in awkward and unnatural positions. It also treats other neurological disorders causing muscle spasms, primarily cerebral palsy that affects balance and causes eye twitching.
Botox also treats migraines, excessive sweating, and lazy eye caused by an imbalance in the muscles responsible for eye movement. Botox is also great for an overactive bladder that increases your peeing frequency. The doctor will conduct tests to determine whether Botox would be the most appropriate treatment for you.
Botox is a sensitive procedure, and dentists only recommend it when absolutely necessary. The consultation determines whether you’re an ideal candidate for the procedure. The Clermont dentist will examine your medical history and talk to you about your cosmetic expectations and answer any questions you might have.
The dentist will prepare the affected area (mostly the forehead) by cleaning it with an antiseptic solution. The dentist will then inject small quantities of Botox into the affected area until you meet the required dosage. Different locations require different quantities of the chemical.
It’s normal to experience swelling and mild discomfort after the procedure. The dentist will give you an ice pack to help bring down the swelling. They’ll also prescribe pain medication to ease the discomfort.
It’s worth noting that botox treatments are temporary, and your face will revert to its former state after 3 three to six months. Follow-up treatments are necessary to maintain your face’s youthful tightness. The dentist will schedule these follow-up treatments that you should keep up with.
Is botox painful?
Botox is only mildly painful, and patients only feel a prickling or stinging sensation during the injections. Anesthetic isn't necessary for the procedure because the pain patients feel is mild, at most. Dentists may recommend a topical pain solution for patients with high pain sensitivity. Areas around the forehead and eyes are particularly sensitive.
Am I a good candidate for botox?
Anyone with apparent facial lines like wrinkles, frown lines, and the likes is an excellent candidate for Botox. However, you must also be of generally good health, over the age of 18 years old, and preferably non-pregnant. The dentist will conduct tests and ask questions to determine whether you’re fit for Botox shots. People with skin infections and neurological disorders like myasthenia gravis may not be suitable for the procedure.