Dr. Patel is proud to be one of the few oral surgeons in our area that offer Botox treatments. In addition to reconstructing your jaw and replacing your missing teeth, we strive to provide you with every opportunity to maintain and enjoy your beautiful smile. Dr. Patel’s extensive training, experience and expertise in oral and maxillofacial areas surpass that of most general physicians, ensuring skills that deliver excellent Botox treatment outcomes.
What is Botox?
Botox is a muscle relaxer and the most commonly performed, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in North America. Botox comes in the form of a purified protein and is traditionally injected into facial muscles, causing them to relax rather than contract. Muscle contractions are what cause the lines, or wrinkles, on our faces.
How does Botox work?
Botox, through a process called cosmetic denervation, is injected into muscles that tense up and cause wrinkles. Botox blocks some of the transmitters in the muscles, preventing them from contracting and essentially causing them to relax.
Is Botox painful?
The needle that is used to inject Botox is tiny, and its sting is minimal. The entire process is practically painless, so no anesthesia is needed.
How long do treatments take and how long do they last?
Botox treatments require just one 5-15 minute appointment, and results are almost immediate. The effects of Botox usually last 3-4 months.
Why choose an oral surgeon for Botox?
Oral surgeons have had more advanced training in the oral and maxillofacial areas than most doctors. The face is where we live everyday! In addition to extensive education related to the face, our daily in-office experience guarantees our proficiency in facial injections as well as our first-hand knowledge of facial muscle function.
Can Botox be used for more than smoothing wrinkles?
Yes! Botox has cosmetic benefits that complement and even enhance many oral treatments, smoothing wrinkles around the lips and highlighting new teeth. However, Botox can also be used to ease chronic facial pain and the intensity of muscle contractions. Dr. Patel may suggest Botox be used to treat TMJ, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding.
Botox treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting Botox into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your eyes is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. All issues and concerns will be discussed.
The areas that will be treated are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to determine the amount of improvement after surgery.
The Botox Procedure
Botox injections are performed without anesthesia because it is virtually painless. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain the effects. Research has suggested, however, that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect. Patients over the age of 65 may not experience as dramatic of results. Botox is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.
After the operation patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Possible side effects are temporary weakness of nearby muscles or in rare cases an eyelid may droop. Botox is completely reversible so any side effect is only a temporary condition. The doctor will explain all risks associated at the time of your consultation.
At Arlington & Waterfront Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Centers, we are eager to help you improve your smile and reach your goals. We invite you to contact us today and schedule an appointment to learn more about our Botox treatments. Arlington Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center Phone Number 703-566-1908