Botox for Cosmetic procedures and Treatment
Dear valuable patient,
We are glad to inform you that starting March 2013 we are using Botox and Dermafillers for Cosmetic Procedures and Treatment in our office.
Statement from American Academy of Facial Esthetics:
"Botox treatments are the most commonly preformed minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in North America. There were nearly 2.5 million cosmetic procedures done with Botox in 2008 according to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Women accounted for 92% of the total cosmetic procedures done. Botox cosmetic procedures accounted for 24% of all cosmetic procedures done in 2008. The safety records of Botox treatment is nearly unparalleled by just about any other delivered medication on the market
The mechanism of action for botulinum toxin A is really quite simple. It is injected into the facial muscles and, within a few hours, it attaches itself to the nerve endings of the motor muscles, thereby affecting the nerve transmission to these muscles. It takes anywhere from two to ten days to block the nerve transmitters which innervate the muscles where it was injected. There is no loss of sensory feeling at all during the time that botulinum toxin A is effective.
The most common uses for Botox is smoothing of the facial wrinkles of the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region) and around the corners of the eyes (crow's feet). These are the most common cosmetic uses that have put Botox on the esthetic map.
Now that approximately 7% to 8% of dentists (and growing) in North America are now providing Botox treatment to patients for cosmetic treatment, there are other innovative uses being found for Botox in dentistry. Most dentists are not aware of the substantial benefits that Botox has as an adjunctive therapy in dental and cosmetic treatment. Botox has useful clinical uses as an adjunct in TMJ and bruxism cases, even more so for patients with moderate chronic temporomandibular joint and facial pain. Botox is a muscle relaxer and when given in typically half the dosage used for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment, it can greatly reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ and facial pain and give the patient significant relief.
The advantages of treating cases with Botox and dermal fillers are close to immediate results in one appointment and no removal of tooth structure. The disadvantages are needed re-treatment 2-3 times a year and the cost associated with that treatment. It makes no difference to me as the clinician which the patient chooses but it significantly expands the treatment choices we now have in dentistry."