Our dental team is pleased to offer Botox injections at Slave Lake Dental.
What is Botox?
Botox, a widely recognized brand of neuromodulating agents, contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein with therapeutic applications.
The Botox process entails injecting purified bacteria into areas of concern to freeze the muscle at the injection point. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox releases neurotoxins that prevent the muscles from contracting and help them to relax.
Botox Treatment: What To Expect
To ensure your desired results are understood, we'll address any questions and concerns you may have before your treatment begins.
Some have described injections as a mild pinch, similar to a bug bite. The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin. A very fine needle is used to help prevent bruising, swelling or pain.
It will be important to avoid certain activities for the first several hours following your treatment. You must not lay down, or bend your head for a sustained period of time.
Do not rub or otherwise touch the treatment area to avoid moving the Botox and affecting other muscles. In rare cases, some people report experiencing headaches after a Botox injection.
- How long does a Botox treatment take, and what is involved?
A Botox treatment typically takes 15 to 25 minutes and doesn't require anesthesia. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles. Topical anesthesia may be used to numb the area.
- Is Botox safe?
Our authorized prescribers are familiar with the anatomy relevant to these procedures. They will apply measures associated with the safe and effective use of BOTOX, which includes proper storage, selection of the correct dose, and proper administration techniques.
Our clinicians will provide patient-specific care and, for your safety, may ask about any alterations to your anatomy that have occurred, such as previous surgical procedures.
- How long does a Botox treatment last?
In general, Botox treatments generally last 3 to 5 months, depending on how it's metabolized by the individual.
- What is included with the first consultation?
Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive dental and/or facial assessment and recommend optimal treatments to help achieve your goals. If they determine that Botox is right for you, your treatment appointment will be scheduled.
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
Yes. Starting about one week before the procedure, avoid alcohol. We also recommend that you stop taking anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.
- What are the risks associated with Botox?
While side effects from Botox are rare, they are typically mild and transient if they do occur. Side effects may include:
- Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Headache or flu-like symptoms
- Droopy eyelid or eyebrows
- 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?
Botox treatment should be avoided by:
- People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People with infection at the proposed injection site
- People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections
- Children under the age of 18 years
- What are the recommendations for aftercare?
- Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.
- Try to contract the treated muscle areas periodically for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows to allow 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.