BOTOX IN BALTIMORE
WHAT IS BOTOX?
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Depending on each individual case, the results can last between one and six months. Treatment is temporary, and once the Botox begins to wear off, the skin will return to the way it looked before treatment.
Botox is also used to relieve symptoms of TMJ, as well as provide comfort to patients receiving dental implants. In each case, Botox is used to reduce the amount of stress placed on the teeth and jaw so that patients feel comfortable and confident.
There are many different reasons that patients choose to receive Botox treatment, from wanting to remove fine lines and wrinkles to treating more severe conditions such as TMJ and chronic migraines. Botox can relieve any of the symptoms that make you feel less confident, and help you achieve a more youthful, radiant appearance.
IS BOTOX RIGHT FOR ME?
- Between the ages of 18 and 65
- Diagnosed with, and experiencing discomfort from, TMJ
- Concerned with removing wrinkles and fine lines
- Looking for a non-surgical skin treatment
- Aware that Botox results are temporary
- In good physical and psychological health
- Willing to discuss their concerns and desires with their dentist before treatment
If you feel that you are a good candidate for a Botox treatment, and are interested in learning more, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
A Solution for Many: Botox Injections
Botox injections are used all over the world to give skin a youthful-look appearance, but did you know they can be used to treat medical conditions too? Yes, they can! Botox injections are used to temporarily smooth facial wrinkles, enhance the appearance of your face, treat excessive underarm sweating, ease cervical dystonia (a neurological condition causing severe shoulder and neck contractions), strabismus (misaligned eyes), an overactive bladder, chronic migraines, blepharospasms (uncontrollable blinking) and more.
You can anticipate botox to last anywhere from 3 to 12 months. This will vary based upon individual factors. Pain, bruising and swelling at the site of injection are all 100% normal and to be expected. Please keep in mind pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use Botox injections.
Botox injections are fully FDA-approved. The formula is stored in a medical refrigerator and the procedure is always completed by a trained and experienced professional. The injections are done directly under the muscle to smooth and relax the skin above it. The benefits of botox injections are vast, providing cosmetic benefit and physical benefit for ailments.
What are the Benefits?
The cosmetic benefits of Botox include anti-aging properties. This formula is used to treat aging and improve your facial appearance quickly. Not only that, it is proven to be a cost-effective and non-surgical option compared to other more invasive methods. The following occurrences can be treaded with botox…
- Lines in the forehead
- Crows feet
- Frown Lines
- Wrinkling of the face
The physical benefits of Botox are its ability to block nerve activity in specific muscles. The following ailments can be treated with botox…
- An overactive bladder/ urinary incontinence
- Certain eye conditions
- Severe underarm perspiration
- Facial Redness
- Raynaud’s Disease
- Joint dysfunction
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)
Candidates for Botox: Who Is It Best For?
Patients with Physical Ailments/ TMJ Patients
TMJ is a disorder that causes headaches stemming from teeth grinding, lockjaw from severe stress and jaw tension. TMJ is a joint that allows for your mouth to open, chew and speak, similar to a hinge. TMJ is also proven to be sensitive to stress, therefore the muscles can tense up and cause further issues. TMJ patients typically experience a sore jaw and cheeks, swelling to the face, a clicking noise in the jaw when opening/closing mouth, pain located around the ears and neck, migraines and headaches, grinding and clenching teeth, a ringing in the ears, should, neck pain, and facial pain.
In fact, during a study conducted in 2012, researchers found that injections of Botox in TMJ patients allowed for decreased pain and an increase of mouth movements. These benefits were noticed for three months after the treatment. Furthermore, symptoms improved in approximately 90% of the study’s participants. While further studies are still being carried out, the results are clear. Botox for TMJ patients is safe and effective
For many patients, Botox injections are recommended along with other treatments such as physical therapy or night guards. However, it is possible that in some cases Botox injections will solve the issue and allow those muscles to relax. It is important to note that patients will notice benefits of their TMJ Botox injections quickly. The benefits include…
- The intensity and regularity of headaches will disappear or significantly reduce
- Feeling less anxious
- Sleeping soundly
- Teeth will become less sensitive
- Teeth will be protected from bruxism
Cosmetic Patients/ Aging Women & Men
Moms, women and men who are seeing signs of aging are good candidates for cosmetic botox. According to a Canadian study at the University of Ottawa, Botox increases the elasticity of skin and the skin will stay in this condition for three to four months. The study also found that Botox causes skin not to wrinkle in the future. It’s not just about paralyzing the muscle temporarily, the Botox had a lasting effect. Although deep wrinkles were not 100% gone after a Botox injection, they were dramatically reduced and less severe after the injections.
The study also discovered Botox could prevent wrinkles from forming because the skin was made to be more elastic. No wonder Botox injections are up 33% annually in the United States alone. The injections allow for younger-looking skin, eliminated forehead creasing, crow’s feet, drooping brows, as well as frown lines that are formed between the eyebrows. As mentioned previously, this procedure is non-surgical, meaning it is less invasive than eyelid lifts, brow lifts and facelifts. The entire injection process per office visit is around 15 minutes, making it a quick and convenient option for busy individuals.
The immediate side effect of Botox such as redness and swelling disappear within the first few hours. Within a few days, the full effects of Botox are noticed. Facial wrinkles and lines begin to disappear within a few days following the procedure. When patients come back in for repeated appointments, the results allow for lasting rejuvenation of the face
Botox is great for treating a drooping brow, which can cause you to look tired or sleepy, even when you are not. It is also a great option for reducing wrinkles and bringing a more youthful appearance to the skin. Botox also gives natural-looking results, as long as it is not overdone. Your Botox specialist will carefully inject botox in the places where it is needed to provide a natural result that leaves you looking youthful and refreshed.
What is the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)?
Dr. Dina Sanchez is proud to be a member of the AAFE, but what is the American Academy of Facial Esthetics? The AAFE is a dental and medical aesthetics provider for certification in Botox, PDO Thread lifts, Dermal Fillers, TMJ and Orofacial Trigger Point Injections. This certification provides high-quality training to nurses, doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals.
Therapeutic Botox for Masseter Muscle
The masseter muscle is rectangular-shaped and located in your jaw and face. In fact, this muscle got its name from mastication or “chewing.” The muscle connects the cheekbone to the lower jaw bone. This muscle helps you chew food and is composed of three layers. It works with other muscles nearby to move the jaw bone as well as the temporomandibular joint
When therapeutic Botox is injected into the masseter muscle, your facial shape can be changed and facial pain reduced. The uses for masseter Botox include…
- Countering a square-shaped jaw
- Creating a face shape that is more balanced
- Treating headaches
- Treating teeth grinding
- Treating of clenching, tension and pain located in the jaw
Brands of Botox
There are a number of other Botox brands, each of these types works slightly different. The 3 types are known as…
This form of Botox is the second most popular. It treats wrinkles and lines in the same way Botox does. However, there are a few differences. For example, Dysport shows results slightly quicker than Botox and it lasts 4 months. The biggest difference between both these types is patients will need more Dysport injections to achieve the same result as Botox since Dysport is more diluted. Furthermore, Dysport has a different effect once injected because it spreads out more, making it ideal for the forehead. Botox tends to be better for smaller areas such a crow’s feet whereas Dysport is great for larger areas.
This form actually made its debut in South Korea during 2014. It was released under a different name, Nabota. Jeuveau is FDA-approved, however, because it is relatively new, the exact amount of time it lasts after injection is unknown.
This form is quite similar to the others, however it was formulated for the purpose of injection between the eyebrows. Xeomin has 0 additives, making it a purer form of Botox. This is an ideal choice for individuals who want Botox but not the added proteins in the formula. Xeomin can only be safely injected into one site.
What to Expect During the Procedure
During the Botox procedure, there are a few things to expect…
Consultation: First and foremost, if this is your first time getting Botox injections, you should make sure to have a consultation with the medical professional who will be performing the procedure. During this time you’ll share your previous medical history and records. This can include any medications you are taking, your surgical history, your medical conditions and pregnancy. This will be done to verify that Botox is 100% safe for you. Furthermore, your Botox specialist will be glad to answer any questions you have pertaining to the procedure.
The Treatment: Your Botox specialist will mark the areas which will be injected. Next, a gentle and mild cleanser will be used to clean the skin. Numbing cream or ice can be used to reduce the pain. The injection will be completed with a narrow micro-needle into the facial muscles. Pressure and ice can be used together for the treatment of swelling.
Post Care: You do not need downtime after your Botox injections. However, there are a few key post-care rituals you should adapt to avoid side effects or damage. Try to avoid rubbing the areas which were treated. You should not lie down for 4 hours following your Botox treatment. Please wait 24 hours to exercise.