Botox® Treatment & Services
Our dental team at Arbour Lake Dental is pleased to offer 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, which prevent the muscles from contracting and help them to relax.
Botox Treatment: What To Expect
Our dental team will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions that you have before the treatment to ensure your desired results are understood.
Generally, the injection will feel like nothing more than a small pinch, similar to a bug bite. The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin. The injection uses a very small needle in order to minimize the possibility of bruising and swelling after the injection.
After your procedure, it is recommended o avoid a variety of activities for the first few hours at a minimum. You must not lay down, or bend your head for a sustained period of time.
Do not touch or rub the treatment area otherwise you risk moving the injection around causing it to possibly affect 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?
On average a Botox treatment will take approximately 15-25 minutes and will not require the use of anesthesia. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles, and if your dental team finds it necessary they may use topical anesthesia (numbing cream).
- 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?
Typically, Botox treatments will last 3-5 months, depending on how the individual person metabolizes it.
- What is included with the first consultation?
During your first consultation, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive facial and/or dental assessment and recommend 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?
As with most procedures, it is important to avoid alcohol for at least one week leading up to your treatment. 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?
Although side effects from Botox are rare they may occasionally occur. If they do occur they are typically mild and they can 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 hours to weeks after receiving Botox, call us immediately.
- Who should avoid Botox treatment?
There are some people that should avoid Botox treatment such as:
• 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?
• Consistently move the treated muscle areas periodically for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows. This will push the toxin to reach all of the treated muscle.
• 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.
• Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.