Botulinum toxin, more commonly known as Botox, is the first and only treatment that is FDA-approved to temporarily banish moderate to severe wrinkles like frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. Botox was listed as the number one nonsurgical procedure in 2018 with more than 1,801,033 treatments performed in the U.S., according to The Aesthetic Society. While Botox is best known for eliminating wrinkles, these popular injections can also provide other key benefits.
How Botox Works
Botox is a type of toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected in small amounts into a muscle, Botox blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscles which prevents the muscle from contracting. In turn, the muscle softens and relaxes which smooths wrinkles.
Receiving Botox takes just a few minutes and does not require the use of anesthesia. Instead, your provider will use a small needle to inject Botox into specific muscles, resulting in only minor discomfort. It takes an average of 7 to 14 days to see the full effects of Botox. In the first 24 hours, avoid rubbing the injection site.
Conditions that Botox Treats
Botox has been deemed safe when used in small amounts and administered by a licensed professional. Some of the most common uses of Botox include:
- Chronic Migraines – Botox is FDA-approved to treat migraines in adults who suffer from 15 or more headaches each month, lasting four or more hours each day.
- Excessive Underarm Sweating – Treatment for excessive underarm sweating is also FDA-approved. Botox injections block the nerves that contribute to sweating which stops the sweat glands from producing excess sweat.
- TMJ Pain – When Botox is injected into the facial muscles that are experiencing discomfort or soreness, patients can gain relief. Injections can also help alleviate headaches resulting from bruxism.
In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, Botox has been found useful in treating overactive bladder, depression, and crossed-eyes. At Bonham Dental Arts, we often recommend Botox for those who suffer from TMJ pain and tension headaches that are not remedied by night guards.
How Long Botox Lasts
The effects of Botox generally last between three and six months on average. Over time, muscle action will slowly return and another series of Botox injections will be required to maintain results. The total dosage given will also influence how long results last. The higher the dose, the longer the effect. Skin elasticity, muscle mass, ethnicity, and gender also play a role in how long Botox lasts.
Benefits of Botox Treatment
Botox can deliver a wide range of benefits depending on the dosage given, the frequency of dosages, and the condition being treated. Botox injections have few risks and side effects and the procedure itself is fast, easy, and virtually painless. When used to treat wrinkles, Botox can provide subtle, natural-looking results.
Since 2002, Botox has been widely considered a safe and effective tool in eliminating wrinkles and other facial lines. Today, many licensed cosmetic dentists now offer Botox treatments in addition to standard dental health and wellness procedures. At Bonham Dental Arts, we can schedule your Botox treatment at the same time as your regular dental exam.
Botox is a minimally-invasive procedure and does not involve any surgery or long stays at a hospital. Aside from some bruising and mild soreness at the injection site, there are few side effects and most people can return to work the same day. What makes Botox so popular is that the effects are quick. It allows patients to get the results they desire without having to wait many months.
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Botox should only be administered by a licensed and experienced health provider. It is important to be realistic about your expectations before receiving Botox. While Botox can be highly effective at smoothing wrinkles, it cannot do what a facelift does and the results are not permanent. To ensure the best results possible, be sure to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your provider.
Botox is administered by Dr. Amy Bonham at the Bonham Dental Arts. If you suffer from TMJ pain or tension headaches, Botox may be right for you. Contact us today in Largo, Fl to learn more about Botox and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bonham.