Our dental team at Airdrie Dental Studio is pleased to offer Botox injections.
What is Botox?
A widely recognized brand of neuromodulating agents, Botox contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein that has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
During the Botox process, injections containing purified bacteria are introduced into areas of concern to freeze muscle at the injection point. Botox releases neurotoxins when injected into the facial muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting and helps them to relax.
At Airdrie Dental Studio, Dr. Victoria McDermid is trained in both upper and lower face Botox treatments.
Botox Treatment: What To Expect
We'll address any questions and concerns you may have prior to treatment to ensure our team has understood your desired results.
Some have described Botox injections as a mild pinch - similar to a bug bite. The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin. The fine point on the needle helps prevent any bruising, swelling or pain.
It's important that you avoid certain activities for the first several hours after your treatment. You must not lay down or bend your head for a sustained period of time.
Do not rub or otherwise touch the area that was treated to avoid moving the Botox and affecting other muscles. In rare cases, people report experiencing headaches after receiving a Botox injection.
- How long does a Botox treatment take, and what is involved?
Typically, a Botox treatment takes between 15 and 25 minutes and you won't require anesthesia. Botox is injected into specific muscles using a fine needle. Topical anesthesia may be used to numb the area.
- Is Botox safe?
Our authorized prescribers are familiar with the relevant anatomy and will use measures associated with safe, effective use of BOTOX. These include proper storage, selecting the correct dose and properly administering the dose using certain techniques. Our clinicians will provide patient-specific care. For your safety, we may ask about any alterations to anatomy such as prior surgical procedures.
- How long does a Botox treatment last?
Generally, Botox treatments last 3-5 months depending on how they're metabolized by the individual person.
- What is included with the first consultation?
At your first consultation, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive facial and/or dental assessment before recommending optimal treatments to help achieve your goals. If they determine that Botox is right for you, your treatment appointment will be scheduled.
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
Yes. Starting about one week before the procedure, avoid alcohol. To reduce brusing, we also recommend that patients stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment.
- What are the risks associated with Botox?
While side effects from Botox are rare, they are typically mild and transient if they do occur. They may include:
- Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Eye dryness or excessive tearing
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Droopy eyelid or eyebrows
- Headache or flu-like symptoms
If you do experience more than mild side effects that last hours to weeks after receiving Botox, call us immediately.
- Who should avoid Botox treatment?
Botox treatment should be avoided by:
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles
- People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections
- Children under the age of 18 years
- What are the recommendations for aftercare?
- Try to contract the treated muscle areas periodically for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows to allow the toxin to reach all of the treated muscle.
- Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massages for 48 hours to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection.
- Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.