At Canada Place Dental, our dental team is pleased to offer services such as Botox injections.
What is Botox?
Botox is a widely recognized brand of neuromodulating agents. It contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein that has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
The Botox process involves injections containing purified bacteria into the areas of concern to freeze the muscle at the injection point. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox releases neurotoxins that help the muscles to relax by freezing them temporarily.
Botox Treatment: What To Expect
Be sure to speak with your dentist about any questions or concerns that you have before the treatment begins to ensure your desired results are understood.
Some have described the injections as a mild pinch, similar to a bug bite. The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin. The needle is very fine in order to help prevent any pain, bruising, or swelling.
After your treatment, it is important to avoid certain activities for the first several hours. You must not lay down, or bend your head for a sustained period of time.
Do not touch or rub the treatment area to avoid moving the Botox and affecting other muscles. In rare cases, some people report getting headaches after a Botox injection.
- How long does a Botox treatment take, and what is involved?
Usually, a Botox treatment takes 15-25 minutes and will not require anesthesia. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles, and topical anesthesia (numbing cream) may be used.
- Is Botox safe?
Our authorized prescribers are familiar with the relevant anatomy. They will employ measures associated with the safe and effective use of BOTOX, which include proper storage, selection of the correct dose, and proper administration techniques. Our clinicians will provide patient-specific care and, for your safety, may inquire about any alterations to the anatomy such as prior surgical procedures.
- How long does a Botox treatment last?
Botox treatments generally last 3-5 months, depending on how the individual person metabolizes it.
- What is included with the first consultation?
Your dentist will use your first visit to conduct a complete facial and/or dental assessment in order to determine the optimal treatments to achieve your goals. If they conclude that Botox is right for you, your treatment appointment will be booked.
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
Beginning a week prior to your treatment you should actively avoid alcohol. We also recommend that you stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.
- What are the risks associated with Botox?
Side effects from Botox are rare, and if they do occur, are typically mild and pass quickly. These side effects might include:
• Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
• Headache or flu-like symptoms
• Droopy eyelid or eyebrows
• Crooked smile or drooling
• Eye dryness or excessive tearing
If you do experience more than mild side effects that last for an extended period of time after your Botox treatment, call us immediately.
- Who should avoid Botox treatment?
Botox, like other treatments, is not meant for everyone. Botox treatment should be avoided by:
• People with infection at the proposed injection site.
• People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections.
• People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles.
• Children under the age of 18 years.
• Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- What are the recommendations for aftercare?
• After your treatment it is ideal to contract the treated muscle areas periodically for up to four hours after treatment. You can do this by frowning and lifting your eyebrows allowing the toxin to reach all of the treated muscles.
• Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massages for 48 hours otherwise the treatment may shift away from the intended treatment area.
• Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.