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What Is Botox Cosmetic? Botox cosmetic is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. If this toxin sounds familiar you may have heard that it can also cause a serious type of food poisoning called botulism. In medicine with controlled dosing, botox acts by weakening or paralyzing s specific muscle or muscles. They can also block the pathway of certain nerves. Botox is a powerful poison however when used correctly and under right dosage, it has a number of medical applications.

What Is Botox Cosmetic? Medical Uses

Botox cosmetic is used in small doses in the medical community for the following conditions:

-In plastic surgery to temporary smooth facial wrinkles. Important to note wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.

-Control overactive underarm sweating.

-Control cervical dystonia. Cervical dystonia is a neurological disorder which can cause severe shoulder and neck contractions.

-Uncontrolled blining of eyes (bleparospasm).

-Overactive bladder.

-Misaligned eyes. Also called a Strabismus.

-Chronic migraine headaches.

Injected Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine (necessary for contraction of muscles). Botox causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction, allowing the muscles to become less rigid.

What Is Botox Cosmetic? Procedure

Botox cosmetic is administered using very fine gauge needles directly into the specific neuromuscular tissues necessary. The administration of botox cosmetic generally takes just a few minutes and should not require any local anesthesia. The results are generally noticed about 3-7 days following botox cosmetic treatment.

Botox cosmetic should not be administered to pregnant or lactating women, or by people who have had a previous allergic reaction to Botox cosmetic.

What Is Botox Cosmetic? Dentistry

Your dentist can use botox cosmetic for the following issues:

-Ability to smooth and soften crow’s feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, lip lines and bunny lines.

-Reduce neck bands.

-Reduce pain from headache due to tension in muscles in the head, face, and neck.

-Following Orthodontic Treatment completion. – In some patients teeth will relapse and this may be caused by genetic placement of that individual’s musculature. For many patients an over active mentalis muscle is often the cause of relapse of the teeth and may cause spasm of the muscles. Botox cosmetic gives your cosmetic dentist the ability to reduce or remove these spasms and contractions allowing for only a limited relapse following completion of orthodontic treatment.

-Improve the appearance of skin dimpling of the chin.

-Reduce pain from headaches due to occlusal (bite) issues.

-Bruxism reduction.

-Lift the corners of the mouth.

-Soften a jawline that is square.

-Correct a gummy smile due to over retracted upper lips.

What Is Botox Cosmetic? Training

A dentist is the perfect practitioner for delivery of botox cosmetic in the head and neck region. A dentist’s training in this area exceeds most medical practitioners but not all. A well trained dentist will give you similar if not better results than a medical doctor due to advanced training. Dentists are also the known specialists in the oral and maxillofacial areas. Dentists are much more knowledgeable than most other medical practitioners in the muscles of mastication and the muscles of facial expression which recieve the botox cosmetic the most. When selecting a dentist for botox cosmetic and look for one that has the proper Botox cosmetic certification and insurance. Botox certification should inlcude at minimum 16 hours of live hands on patient training.

What Is Botox Cosmetic? Before And After

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What Is Botox Cosmetic Marielaina Perrone DDS




The field of cosmetic surgery has exploded in popularity particularly due to instagram and other social media outlets. Wrinkles and fine lines are an inevitable part of the process of aging. This can potentially ruin our self image and esteem. This is especially true when the signs of aging occur prematurely. For fast results, botox vs juvederm treatments can be used quickly and easily to make you look and feel younger. They can reverse facial aging signs leaving you looking naturally younger and attractive. More and more people are undertaking steps to make themselves look and feel younger. What if there was a treatment to do that in a non permanent way? Well there is with Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm. Below we will explain the differences of Botox Vs Juvederm.

“TAKE BACK YOUR YOUTH WITH THE COSMETIC BENEFITS OF BOTOX AND JUVEDERM” – Marielaina Perrone DDS

Botox Vs Juvederm Differences

Botox Cosmetic

Botox (or botox cosmetic) is a safe form of botulinum toxin A. This neurotoxin causes botulism. Once injected, botox cosmetic will paralyze the facial muscles in that area temporarily. This will prevent the muscles from creating deep wrinkles, crow’s feet around the eyes, or frown lines. Wrinkles occur in 3 different ways:

-lack of collagen in skin.

-changes at cellular level as we age.

-environmental changes like exposure to the sun.

Botox actually has many uses beyond a cosmetic one. These can include:

-treatment for excessive sweating.

-treatment of teeth clenching.

-treatment for overactive bladder.

treatment for chronic migraine pain.

-Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder.

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How Is A Botox Procedure Completed?

The botox cosmetic treatment is very quick and easy. It can be completed in as little as a few minutes and does not require anesthesia (but can use numbing cream or ice packs to lessen discomfort). An extremely fine needle is used to inject the botox cosmetic into the specific muscles. There will be slight discomfort from the botox injection. Most patients report it takes about a week for the full effects of the Botox cosmetic to take hold. The effects will last about 3-4 months. The lines will gradually return but with repeated treatments the muscles will start to train and wrinkles will be lessened. Temporary bruising in the area of injection is the most common side effect of botox cosmetic.

Juvederm

Juvederm is an FDA approved non surgical, minimally invasive dermal filler that is created with a synthetic hyaluronic acid (also called HA). Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is natural to our bodies, and it helps keep your skin healthy in a few ways:

-Essential nutrients

-Maintaining moisture by hydrating our skin

-Softening our skin

-Volumizing our skin

How Is A Juvederm Procedure Completed?

What Could I Expect from a Procedure?

Juvederm is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment performed right in our office. Juvederm is an injectable treatment that has the ability to reduce the appearance of unwanted lines and wrinkles. It is able to achieve this by restoring lost volume to the skin and lips. Juvederm (also called wrinkle fillers) can also be used as “volumizers,” plumping and lifting cheeks, chins, jawlines, and temples, and filling out thin lips. The injection is similar to Botox cosmetic but Juvederm contains a local anesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort. As a dentist we have the ability to numb your mouth area to reduce pain and discomfort further. Juvederm provides results up to a year. Side effects are rare but can include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. Results from Juvederm can be seen almost immediately.

Botox Vs Juvederm – Which One Is Right For Me?

Botox Vs Juvederm is not the question as both can work side by side. Botox has the ability to make wrinkles disappear around the eyes, forehead, lengthening upper lip to remove gummy smile, and vertical lines around lips. Juvederm removes wrinkles in a different way by adding volume (dermal filler) to fill the lines from the nose to the lip, the lower face, outline the lips, and to fill the lips. There is no reason for a choice between botox vs juvederm as they do separate things. Juvederm is perfect for wrinkles that are present when your face is resting, whereas Botox is perfect for wrinkles that appear upon movement. Your dentist will be able to go into greater detail on what would be the right treatment for you based on your cosmetic appearance and your desires for treatment.

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Botox cosmetic has been used by plastic surgeons for years for cosmetic reasons. Dentists more recently have been using Botox for similar reasons but also as additional therapies. These therapies can now include therapy for Temperomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ). Botox can be used to treat tension in the jaws, headaches from bruxism (teeth grinding), and even possibly lockjaw in severe scenarios.

Botox For TMJ

Botox for TMJ has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as treatment for temperomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). However, Botox has been approved by the FDA for painful conditions such as migraines. Migraines are potentially related to TMJ disorder. Clinical trials published so far have been small and have produce inconsistent findings. A 2012 study found that Botox could significantly decrease pain and increase mouth movements for three months following treatment. However, this was an extremely small study that had under 30 participants. Similar studies have been completed which showed significant results as well. To date there has not been a large enough study to definitively tell if botox for TMJ is the answer to TMJ disorders. Other studies include one 2016 study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found that TMJ patients who had Botox for TMJ treatments experienced a reduction in pain and headaches, which led to requiring fewer painkilling drugs. In 2003, a clinical study from the University of Bonn discovered that approximately 90% of all study participants who had not responded favorably to conventional TMJ treatments saw significant improvements after using Botox for TMJ to address their TMJ related pain symptoms.

TMJ Disorders

Botox For TMJ Henderson NV Marielaina Perrone DDSThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area right in front of the ear on either side of the face where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Muscles attached to and surrounding the temperomandibular joint control the position and movement of the jaw. This joint is a very unique sliding “ball and socket” that has a disc sandwiched between it, it is the only joint in the body which can move in all directions. The temporomandibular joint functions to move the jaw, especially in biting and chewing, talking, and yawning. It is one of the most used joints in the body.

The temporomandibular joints are a very complex system and are made up of muscles, tendons, a disc and bones. You have a temperomandibular joint on each side of your jaw (right and left side). Each individual part contributes to the smooth complex movement of the temperomandibular joint. When the muscles are relaxed and in balance and both jaw joints open and close comfortably, we are able to talk, chew, or yawn without any discomfort or pain.

TMJ disorders can be a very complex set of problems of the jaw joint. The muscles and joints work together in harmony. A problem with either the muscles or the joints or both can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (also referred to as a malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws. TMJ disorders can be caused by many different types of problems. These can include arthritis, trauma to the jaw, or muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth. TMJ disorders most commonly occur in women between the ages of 30 and 50, but can occur in teens following orthodontic treatment, and in both men and women at any age.

Botox For TMJ Side Effects

Botox For TMJ disorders is not without side effects. Botox itself has common side effects associated with its use in the area of the TMJ. These can include:

headache

-bruising at injection site

-respiratory infection

-muscle weakness

-flu-like illness

-rash at injection site

-nausea

-skin irritation

-temporary eyelid droop

Botox For TMJ Procedure

Botox for TMJ is a non surgical procedure and completed in your dental office. It usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

The site for botox injection can vary depending on your symptoms but may include the following muscles:

  • Temporalis muscle
  • Frontalis muscle
  • Masseter muscle

The injections are made with a small gauge needle and are not considered painful, but you may feel a slight prick or pinch as the Botox is injected into site. Your dentist may use a cold compress or local anesthetic to help reduce discomfort and make it more comfortable for you. Following the procedure, you can return to your regular routine immediately.

Some improvement can be felt within a day or two following Botox for TMJ treatment, it usually takes a few days to feel full relief. Some patients have reported that they feel best about 6-8 weeks following Botox for TMJ treatment.