Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment to reduce the noticeable appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but in addition to these aesthetic enhancements, we can also use Botox injections in the treatment of TMJ dysfunction and chronic migraine headaches. If you’re interested in learning more about Botox and all of its uses, contact Southland Smiles to find out more or schedule a Botox consultation today.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injected medication that limits or causes the cessation of unnecessary muscle movements. It is used every three to six months to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as part of ongoing therapy for TMJ dysfunction, and provide relief for migraine sufferers. Our dentist and team have advanced training using Botox for all of these treatments, and as a specialist in the interworking’s of oral and facials structures, dentists are reliable providers of these treatments.
How Does Botox Work?
Think about the sheets on your bed right after you make it. They’re smooth and flat. When you sit on the bed, a few wrinkles appear that may easily be smoothed, but after several weeks of daily sleep your sheets are full of wrinkles. Your skin is a lot like these bed sheets. When you’re young, the unconscious muscle movements in your face case wrinkles that quickly smooth away. Over years of daily movement, these wrinkle lines no longer smooth back out. Botox causes these muscles to move less frequently leading to a smoother overall facial appearance and less noticeable wrinkles. The same decreased muscle movement from Botox injections also prevents unnecessary strain on the TMJ and relieves pain from chronic migraine headaches.
Who is a Good Candidate for Botox?
Many people can benefit from the use of Botox for cosmetic or restorative treatment. We are most likely to recommend Botox for patients meeting the following criteria:
- Aged 18 to 65
- Healthy enough for minor medical procedures
- Willing and able to attend retreatment regularly