Botox

What is botox? Botox is a neuromodulator that reduces wrinkles and muscle-related joint pain. It is injected in precise locations in order to target specific muscles.
Why should I get Botox? If you have lived a life with big facial expressions (smiling, laughing), frown occasionally, or have intense concentration (I-10 traffic), you may have noticed facial lines developing in certain areas.  In Arizona, we are also more prone to sun damage and inadequate hydration.   All these factors contribute to accelerated aging.  Botox is meant to supplement a healthy lifestyle and soften aging, not reverse it.  Further, if you suffer from jaw-related pain, Botox may help alleviate the pain and prevent future injury to your jaw joint, in conjunction with night guards or other treatments.
Where can you get Botox? Botox can be injected into “crows feet” lines on either sides of the eyes, between the eyebrows (the “11’s” area), the forehead, around the lips (for lipstick lines), above your lips for treating a gummy smile, into dimples of the chin, for droopy earlobes, in the masseter muscle for jaw joint pain, and in several more areas.
Who can get Botox? Patients ages 18+ that have become bothered by lines they notice in pictures or in the mirror, or suffer from muscle related jaw pain. Aging is a part of life, but Botox can make the lines less noticeable. Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain neuromuscular disorders are not eligible for Botox.
What is recovery like? After treatment, there will be some slight redness and swelling for about 1 hour. After that, most patients can return to work or their normal activities without anyone knowing they had it. Strenuous activities should be avoided for 24 hours.
What are the side effects? Mild headaches or tenderness may be felt for a few days, depending on the area injected.  Many patients do not feel any side effects, nor do they need any pain relievers.
How much Botox do I need? The amount injected depends on your treatment goals as well as your anatomy.  For example, Kelly Ripa has less Botox injected than Simon Cowell, because her muscles of facial expression are smaller (and Simon is always about to frown). We recommend opting for less Botox in the beginning, to understand how it will affect you.
Will Botox freeze my face? When administered conservatively, Botox will not affect your ability to smile or communicate with others. The goal of treatment is to allow you to continue to make facial expressions, however with less noticeable lines.  We perform a post-op appointment to make sure you are happy with your results, and you can add more if desired at this appointment.
How long does it last? You will notice your final result in 2 weeks, and it will last 3-5 months.  After that, your face will return to how it was before the Botox.  Patients who receive Botox typically have injections every 3 months in order to maintain their desired esthetics or pain relief.
Is Botox dangerous? Botox has been administered to millions of patients with successful results for over 20 years. When the correct dosage is given, just like a zinc supplement or Tylenol, it is not dangerous, though it is important to decide for yourself if it is right for you.
What is the difference between Botox and fillers?  Botox is a neuromodulator which smoothes lines, while fillers are hyaluronic acid gels which plump or lift skin.  We are hoping to offer fillers in the future.  Typically the recovery from Botox is faster than fillers, and therefore is a nice option for patients trying out injectable cosmetics for the first time.
Why should I get Botox from my dentist? Dentists are highly knowledgeable in the neurovascular and muscular anatomy of the face and jaw joint.  They also have the same or more experience than many clinicians with their injections.