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Botox® Common Q&As

Botox<sup>®</sup> Common Q&As

You may be considering BOTOX as a cosmetic or therapeutic treatment. Here, our Edmonton dentists share the answers to some frequently asked questions about this common treatment for wrinkles, and for TMJ symptoms and migraine headaches.

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX, or Botulinum Toxin, is a purified protein that has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications. When injected into the facial muscles, it releases neurotoxins, which prevent the muscles from contracting and helps them to relax.

BOTOX is a common treatment for the reduction and prevention wrinkles, but it can also be used to treat TMJ symptoms and migraine headaches.

How does BOTOX work?

BOTOX works by blocking the nerve message to the brain that tells it to contract the muscle. Without the message, the muscle becomes temporarily paralyzed and relaxes to minimize the appearance of wrinkles or reduce headache and migraine symptoms.

Who is a good candidate for BOTOX?

There’s no set age to start using BOTOX. If you are seeking treatment for wrinkles or skin-related issues, it depends on how your skin ages, how much sun you’ve had, and other factors. If you are seeking treatment for TMJ or headaches and migraines, it depends on your specific case. Your dentist can help you decide if BOTOX is the right option for you. 

Does BOTOX hurt?

BOTOX is administered with a very tiny needle. Most patients compare the feeling to a slight pinch. If you are feeling anxious about any potential pain, your dentist can apply topical numbing cream before the injection to put you at ease.

How long does it take to see the results?

Results with BOTOX are not immediate because it needs time to set into the muscle to stop it from contracting. Usually after 24 to 48 hours you will see the full results, which can last up to four months.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are rare but it's important to have an experienced BOTOX injector administer the treatment. 

Some typical side effects may include slight swelling and redness at the injection sites and drooping of the eyelids when administered near the eyes. But don't worry, these symptoms will pass in a day or two. 

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