Most people know Botox as a cosmetic treatment that can halt the signs of aging such as the formation of wrinkles and fine lines in the facial area. In the last few years, however, it has taken a bad rap since it is made of a toxin produced by the bacteria known as bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is, in fact, the same agent which can cause the life-threatening kind of food poisoning we know as botulism.
Yet Botox injections continue to be used by doctors, albeit in controlled and small doses, and it truly is an excellent an anti-aging solution. Botox works by causing certain muscles in the body to become weak or paralyzed and by blocking particular nerves, usually in the face, that contribute to wrinkling from facial expressions such as frowning, smiling, and laughing, to name a few.
As we grow older, our skin becomes less elastic causing it to crease and furrow. These eventually lead to moderate and sometimes severe frown lines that develop even when your muscles aren’t contracting.
The areas that are commonly applied with Botox to eliminate wrinkles on the face include the forehead, the corners of the eyes, around the lips and between the eyes. Some dental offices also use Botox as an adjunct treatment for people suffering from bruxism and TMJ disorders, as well as patients with chronic facial pain.
Botox is also used to supplement esthetic dentistry procedures, often as an alternative to the surgical treatment of high lip lines, lip augmentation and even as a way to help patients wearing dentures and are unable to adjust to their prosthetic teeth.
Like all treatments, Botox may have side effects for some patients. These include bruising, swelling, redness or pain in or around the area which was injected with it. Some people have also reported side effects such as upset stomach, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms similar to those associated with the flu. Injections done in the face may also cause the user’s eyelids to droop temporarily. The effects of Botox often last between three and 12 months.
Anybody considering it as a treatment should first consult a duly-licensed, properly certified and skilled doctor with experience in administering the treatment. All Dental Group, which has an office in Miami Lakes, FL are fully qualified to perform Botox treatments on patients who can benefit from it.
Contact All Dental Group at (786) 724-0268 to schedule an appointment.