At Peace Country Dental Clinic, our dental team is pleased to offer Botox injections.
What is Botox?
This widely recognized brand of neuromodulation agents contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein with both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
The Botox process involves injecting purified bacteria into areas of concern to freeze the muscle at the injection site. When Botox is injected into the facial muscles neurotoxins are released. These prevent muscles from contracting, which helps them to relax.
Botox Treatment: What To Expect
We can address any questions and concerns you may have prior to treatment to ensure that we understand the results you desire.
Some have described the sensation during injections as a mild pinch, like a bug bite. The injection is directed into the muscle beneath the skin. The fact that the needle is very fine helps prevent swelling, pain or bruising.
It's important to avoid certain activities for the first several hours after your treatment. You must not bend your head or lay down for a sustained period of time.
To avoid moving the Botox and affecting other muscles, do not touch or rub the treatment area. Rarely, some people report experiencing headaches after a Botox injection.
- What's involved in the Botox treatment process?
A Botox treatment typically takes between 15 and 25 minutes and does not require anesthesia. Botox is injected into specific muscles using a fine needle. Topical anesthesia (also referred to as numbing cream) may be used.
- Is Botox safe?
Authorized prescribers understand the relevant anatomy and will use measures associated with the safe, effective use of Botox. This includes proper storage, choosing the correct dose, and proper dosage administration techniques.
Our clinicians provide patient-specific care. For your safety, we may ask about any alterations to the anatomy such as previous surgical procedures.
- How long does a Botox treatment last?
Depending on how an individual person metabolizes it, a Botox treatment will generally last 3 to 5 months.
- What is included with the first consultation?
At your first consultation, the dentist will conduct a comprehensive dental and/or facial assessment and recommend treatments to help you achieve your goals. If they determine that Botox is right for you, your treatment appointment will be scheduled.
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
Yes. Starting about one week before your procedure, avoid alcohol. We also recommend that patients avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.
- What are the risks associated with Botox?
While side effects from Botox are rare, they are typically mild and transparent if they do occur. They may include:
- Droopy eyelid or eyebrows
- Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Eye dryness or excessive tearing
- Headache or flu-like symptoms
If you do experience more than mild side effects that last hours to weeks after receiving Botox, call us immediately.
- Who should avoid Botox treatment?
People in these categories should avoid Botox treatments:
- People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles
- Children under the age of 18 years
- What are the recommendations for aftercare?
Following your treatments, we recommend taking these actions for self-care:
- Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.
- Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massages for 48 hours to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection.
- Try to contract the treated muscle areas periodically for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows to allow the toxin to reach all of the treated muscle.