UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS
WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox, or Botulinum toxin is a cosmetic treatment for enhancing facial aesthetics. It involves injecting Botox into different areas of the face to eliminate or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and other undesirable fine lines. If you're interested in Botox in Del Mar, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pizzi and learn more!
BENEFITS OF THE BOTOX TREATMENT PROCESS
The most significant benefit of Botox injections is that it improves natural appearance, eliminating wrinkles and other fine lines. It’s an effective anti-aging treatment that also removes frown lines, crow’s feet, and other facial imperfections. This aesthetic improvement is excellent for your self-esteem and significantly improves your quality of life.
Aesthetics aside, Botox can also mitigate complications like neck spasms, excessive sweating, lazy eye, and an overactive bladder. Dentists in Del Mar may also recommend this treatment for people with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Botox relaxes muscles in the jaw, alleviating the symptoms of TMJ and reducing pain.
Botox is also a quick and minimally invasive procedure. The process simply involves injecting the affected areas with the neurotoxin, using a thin needle. Patients will only feel a slight pinch and the treatment should be over in no more than 10 minutes. Local anesthetic and painkillers after the treatment are unnecessary.
WHAT TO EXPECT
THE BOTOX TREATMENT PROCESS
STEP 1: CONSULTATION AND TREATMENT PLANNING
Treatment begins when you first consult the dentist. During the consultation, the dentist will ask questions about your medical history and expectations. They’ll also discuss your concerns and answer questions you might have. Next, the dentist will assess your face and identify treatment areas to determine the dosage and create a treatment plan before proceeding to the next step.
STEP 2: PREPARATION AND INJECTION
The doctor will prepare your face for the injection by wiping it with a damp cloth to remove oils and makeup. Sometimes dentists may apply topical anesthesia on the face for patients with high pain sensitivity. The dentist will then inject the Botox in small quantities into the affected areas of the face like the forehead and beside the eyes.
STEP 3: POST-TREATMENT CARE AND FOLLOW-UP VISITS
After injection, the dentist will apply an ice pack on the injection sites to reduce swelling. Results will start showing three to seven days after the procedure, but Botox takes full effect after about two weeks.
WHAT CAN BOTOX TREAT?
Dentists recommend Botox primarily for removing wrinkles, frown lines, worry lines, bunnies, and other facial lines. It’s also highly effective against neck spasms, a painful condition where the neck muscles contract uncontrollably. The treatment also helps reduce migraines from TMJ disorders by relaxing the jaw muscles.
Botox injections next to the eyes can help balance out the eye muscles, to eliminate lazy eye. It also addresses profuse sweating and can help reduce or mitigate urinary incontinence or an overactive bladder. Doctors may also recommend Botox for patients with cerebral palsy to reduce the sporadic muscle spasm that makes the limbs pull together.