Refresh and Restore Your Image

When you smile, laugh, frown, or look puzzled, the muscles in your face contract. Over time, these contractions produce permanent furrows and wrinkles in the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry, and tired. Botox® cosmetic injections not only prevent you from deepening lines during natural facial movements, Botox can also erase these marks of aging, leaving you looking younger and refreshed. 

What is Botox?

Botox decreases the appearance of aging by reducing muscle movement. It is short for “Botulinum Toxin,” a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein. When injected into the facial muscle, Botox blocks transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract, thus causing wrinkles in the skin to smooth out and reveal younger, firmer-looking skin. Areas where you can receive Botox treatment include the: 

  • Glabellar Area (the 11's/frown lines between the eyes)
  • Forehead or Frontalis Muscles (forehead lines)
  • Crow’s Feet (around the corners of the eyes
  • Chin Dimples
  • Radial Lip Lines (smoker’s lines or gummy smiles)
  • Nose lines

Botulinum Toxin can also be used to reduce the muscle mass in the masseters (jaw line) for a slimming, esthetic facial result. Additionally, Botox has important clinical uses for patients with chronic TMJ and orofacial pain. And Botox is a complement to cosmetic dentistry, serving as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery.

Affects on Your Oral & Dental Health

In addition to improving your esthetic image, Botox’s clinical uses can positively impact your oral and dental health. If you suffer from jaw clenching that results in TMJ or other chronic orofacial pain, Botox can help alleviate you symptoms, serving as a less invasive and less painful alternative to jaw surgery.

The Process

Receiving a Botox injection only takes a few minutes and there’s no need for anesthesia or down time. The injections are made using a very fine needle and are virtually painless. Generally, results are visible within two to ten days. To reduce the possibility of bruising/swelling, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours and avoid taking aspirin/anti-inflammatory medications for a period of two weeks prior to the procedure. As always, consult your physician before stopping any medications.

Common Side Effects

There is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles. The most common side effects of Botox injections are bruising, redness, and swelling. Other, rare side effects are possible and will be reviewed prior to treatment. To avoid adverse reactions/results, do not manipulate the treated area for two hours after injections and maintain an upright position.

How Long Do Effects Last?

The effects of Botox typically last three to four months. As the treated muscles regain movement, lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear and require retreatment at our Lincoln, NE office. Over time and continuous treatment, these lines and wrinkles should appear less noticeable because the Botox has trained the treated muscles to relax.

Look Younger Today! 

If you want more radiant skin, Botox injections at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry is the right step for you. You can request an appointment online or contact us directly. We can’t wait to help you look and feel younger!

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