FACIAL ESTHETICS: FAQ
WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is a manufactured injectable medication used therapeutically to reduce the strength of targeted muscle tissue.
WHO CAN INJECT BOTOX?
In 2002 FDA approved on-label use is treatment of moderate to severe wrinkling in the certain areas of face. Licensed dentists with appropriate training can legally prescribe an FDA approved medication for off-label use in any way that is considered standard of care and benefit to the patient.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
At Dental Arts of Huntley, we use Botox cosmetic A and Xeomin. Once injected it takes approximately 1-2 hours to bind to the nerve. Clinical effects are visible after 10-12 days. Most commonly re-treatment is necessary every 3-4 months. It is not recommended to retreat a patient more frequently than 3 months. As the effect wears off, Strength gradually returns but wrinkles are not any worse than baseline.
WHAT ARE SOME MYTHS ABOUT BOTOX?
- Botulinum toxin is new and untested
- Botulinum Toxin can cause botulism. (It is a Purified Protein).
- Botulinum Toxin can cause loss of sensation and numbness at the site of injection.
- Botulinum Toxin Tightens skin.
- Botulinum Toxin freezes your face and makes you lose expression.
- Botulinum Toxin is Dangerous.
WHO SHOULD NOT GET BOTOX?
- Pregnant and lactating women.
- Hypersensitivity to any ingredient including Albumin 9 and Human Blood Product Neurological disorders.
- Flu or cold symptoms.
- Infection or dermatitis in areas being treated.
WHAT ARE SOME COMPLICATIONS OF BOTOX TREATMENT?
- Minor Complications are more common. It includes Bruising, heaviness of the forehead, headache, flu like symptoms, discomfort, swelling, redness, watery eyes, skin infection.
- Major Complications are rare but can happen. It includes brow ptosis, eye lid ptosis, lip Ptosis and Transient Strabismus.
- All major and minor complications are completely reversible.