Did you know that your dentist can provide BOTOX® treatment for improving your aesthetics? BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily reduces the activity of the facial muscles, resulting in the softening of unwanted skin creases.
Below are some facts and advice our licensed provider, Dr. Mariah A. Upshaw, wants patients to know about BOTOX® Cosmetic, and how beneficial this alternative aesthetic treatment can be.
What Makes BOTOX® Cosmetic Work
When distributed in extremely low concentrations, the active components of BOTOX® injections have proven to be a successful and valuable therapeutic protein. This prevents signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, stiffening them.
For muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) called acetylcholine. At the point where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells, the receiver attached to the receptors on the muscle cells reacts to the neurotransmitter and causes them to contract and shorten. This is how BOTOX® Cosmetic, reduces fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles.
Fast, Virtually Painless Procedure
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an in-office, non-surgical procedure that typically takes a few minutes to plan and perform, making for a quick and comfortable treatment. The specific area(s) can be numbed with a topical agent or with a cold pack a few minutes prior treatment.
Since the needles used to inject BOTOX® Cosmetic are so small, the procedure is said to feel no more painful than a tiny pinch at most. If any patient experiences discomfort, it is usually very minimal.
Do Your Homework: Pick A Provider
When looking for BOTOX® Cosmetic, your initial thought may be to contact a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. While BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are relatively simple, it is essential to have treatment administered by a trained and experienced professional.
If applied too deep, too low, or in the wrong spot, you could have adverse side effects, such as droopy eyelids. Do your due diligence, read reviews, and when meeting for a consultation, ask to see before and after pictures before undergoing any BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure.
Dr. Leslie L. Ferrara and Dr. Maria A. Upshaw, are dedicated to providing patients with the confidence they deserve to go through life by offering BOTOX Cosmetic treatment. If you or a loved one would like more information, we encourage you to contact our dental practice today!