When someone expresses an interest in getting a Botox treatment, others often assume that it’s to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles around the face.
This is a fair assumption since this application is far from what most people assume that BOTOX® Cosmetic actually addresses. Botulinum toxin injections can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and maladies, from migraines to excessive sweating. You may not agree with others who herald Botox as a “wonder drug,” but you are wise to explore the full range of applications to see if it might benefit you.
Botox for Cosmetic Purposes
- For the eyes
Botox weakens the muscles that control squinting and other facial expressions, which in turn reduces or eliminates wrinkles and the ‘crow’s feet’ that form around the eyes. It’s important to note that the injections affect only the muscles, not the nerves, so patients experience no loss of sensation around the eye area.
- For the forehead
Horizontal wrinkles tend to form along the forehead as people age, and Botox injections can erase these creases and leave behind smoother skin.
- For the eyebrows
Stubborn furrows that settle between the eyes are no match for Botox injections. Botox injections have proven to be so effective at eliminating brow lines that many people undergo this treatment in place of a brow lift.
- For jaw contouring
Most recently, Botox has been used to shrink the masseter muscles, which are the jaw muscles that control chewing. Injections in this area can gently reshape a square-shaped face into a softer, oval shape.
Botox for Dentistry
- For jaw pain and TMD (temporo-mandibular disorder)
Whether you are a teeth grinder, diagnosed with TMD or suffer from jaw tension, Botox injections may be able to relieve your headaches and other jaw pain. After an injection, most patients see relief within a week if not sooner in the day or two following treatment.
- For migraines
In October of 2010 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Botox for the treatment of migraines. Researchers are still unsure as to how Botox helps, but the belief is that the treatment, “ blocks a nerve’s ability to activate a muscle,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “However, the migraine prevention effect likely goes beyond this, even potentially modifying how the brain perceives pain.”
Schedule a Botox Consultation at Desert Breeze Dental
There is no doubt Botox has become more commonplace in the last 20 years, but it should always be administered by a certified medical professional who can screen you carefully for any potential health risks. Place your trust in Desert Breeze Dental, currently offering a 20% discount on Botox treatments until November 30, 2017. Call 702-869-0032 to take advantage of this limited time offer and to schedule a consultation to see whether Botox can, in fact, do wonders for you.