Many of us may think of Botox as just a cosmetic treatment for lines and wrinkles on the face. However, the botulinum toxin that Botox is derived from has many therapeutic uses for the treatment of certain medical and oral conditions.
The botulinum toxin is often called by its brand names such as Botox®,Dysport®,Xeomin® or Prosigne®.
Botox injections work by relaxing and weakening the skeletal muscles and the effects may last for three to four months.
Botox injections are used to treat many cosmetic and non-cosmetic conditions.
The first signs of aging are usually visible around your eyes, forehead, cheeks and lips. Whilst wrinkles are a normal part of aging, botulinum toxin can be used to make frown lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles around the lips less noticeable to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Temporalis and masseter muscle hypertrophy
Hypertrophy of the temporalis and master muscle hypertrophy refers to the increase in size of the facial muscles that you use to chew solid foods. Use of Botulinum toxins can be effective in treating chronic facial pain associated with clenching and overactive use of these facial muscles.
Botulinum toxin is particularly effective in managing a gummy smile due to excessive lip contraction.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) refers to problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that let you move your jaw so that you can talk, chew and yawn. People who suffer from TMD may experience symptoms such as pain or tenderness in the facial area, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint when moving the jaw and have trouble chewing properly. Other symptoms may include toothaches, headaches, neckaches and dizziness.
Using Botulinum toxin may supplement conventional treatment for TMD problems to resolve the pain and tenderness associated with TMD.
Bruxism refers to the unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth, either while awake or asleep. Botulinum toxin has been effective in weakening the muscles to stop the involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching the jaw, which can cause people to experience headaches, earaches, facial pain as well as dental problems such as loss of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity and chipping of the teeth.
A dose of the Botulinum toxin can be effective in controlling drooling and excessive salivation caused by poor oral and facial muscle control.
If you are interested in getting Botox or want to know how Botox may treat your concerns, contact us on (02) 93 000 999 or visit our website (Insert hyperlink to booking page) to book an appointment.
While Botox is chemical toxin, it is safe to use in small quantities and injected into specific sites. Botox injections are relatively safe when administered by a medical or dental professional who is trained in its use. It is a non-surgical, reversible and minimally invasive treatment for cosmetic, medical and dental conditions.
As with any medical procedure, a Botulinum toxin injection does carry certain risks and side effects including:
A dose of Botulinum toxin will weaken the muscle for a period of 3 to 6 months. Many factors can influence the longevity of botox effect, such as the initial condition, how often you use the muscle, etc.
You must be healthy and at least 18 years old before you can receive botulinum toxin injections.
You should not get botulinum toxin if you:
To ensure that Botox is the right treatment for you, at your consultation with us, we will go through your medical and dental history so you can make an informed decision.