Botulinum Toxin, better known as Botox, is a purified protein that can be injected into facial muscles to help inhibit their activity without damaging the underlying muscles. This treatment allows for relaxation of the muscles preventing lines and wrinkles from appearing. Over time, this can help prevent facial scarring from wrinkles and results in a more youthful appearance of the skin.
Botox treatment can also be used to help manage pain symptoms from temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) which are due to clenching and grinding functions of the jaw muscles. By placing Botox into the masseter muscles (the main muscle for clenching and chewing), we reduce the activity of these muscles causing them to relax and allowing for a reduction in pain. This can be beneficial for those suffering from sleep bruxism and day clenching.
Botox treatment typically involves a few small injections into the muscles with minimal discomfort. The amount of Botox used depends on which muscles are targeted and how strong they are so each person’s treatment is unique. Usually, Botox takes 7-10 days before the effects are visible and our dentists will provide a complimentary follow-up visit 2 weeks afterwards to assess the results.
There are a few minor risks to be aware of with Botox. While uncommon, mild bruising, swelling, temporary headaches, flu-like symptoms and temporary forehead numbness can occur. If treating forehead wrinkles, it is possible to have a temporary eyelid droop. We recommend not lying down for 4 hours after your Botox treatment and to not exercise on the same day to minimize these risks. Fortunately, none of these side effects usually last long and often resolve on their own.
After the Botox takes effect, the results usually last for 3-6 months, with 4 months being the most common. As the Botox wears off, you will start noticing your muscle function return and the wrinkles and lines will start to become visible when making facial expressions. At this point, you can return to your dentist for a touch up and more Botox can be added as required.
The face consists of many muscles and as we age, the protein in our muscles, namely collagen, starts to decrease in production, thus wrinkles start to appear. These types of wrinkles are known as static wrinkles. Collagen is the main protein that provides elasticity and tightness, and facial muscles are used everyday for almost every and any expression, so as we age, these wrinkles can create an impact on our smile.
Dynamic wrinkles are seen when muscles are flexed in a certain way mostly through some type of expression such as laughter or shock. These are commonly found around the eyes or the forehead. Our dentists are fully certified in providing Botox treatments in Coquitlam so you can be confident with our wrinkle reduction process.
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Verjee are both certified Botox providers and can happily discuss specific Botox treatment options that would be of benefit to you.