Botox treatments are one of the fastest growing cosmetic treatments over the last decade. It is used in many cases especially in the face area, including for dental purposes.
How Botox treatments work
Botox is a trade name for “botulinum toxin”. The Botox is injected into the face muscles and blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. This creates a situation where the motor nerve cannot contract and thus prevents wrinkles in the skin. The sensory feeling in the muscle is not affected. Botox treatment is most effective on wrinkles that are dynamic and appear while you’re moving your face such as frowning. It usually takes about ten days for the skin to smooth out. Re-treatment is usually necessary after three or four months. The long termed safety of botox treatment is well established clinically.
The most common areas treated with botox are the forehead, between and around the corners of the eyes and around the lips. Botox is also used in esthetic dentistry cases such as high lip line cases and orthodontic treatments where facial muscles are involved.
Botox and dentists
By law, any licensed practitioner can perform botox injections including dentists. Because dentists specialize in the face area, it is very natural that they be the ones to apply botox treatment to the areas they are so familiar with- the mouth and face. Dentists receive extensive training in the oral and maxillofacial areas and so they have a great amount of experience where exactly to inject the botox treatment and also how to take care of complications should they arise in these facial areas.
Dr. Ethan Schuman of Creve Coeur is extremely experienced with botox treatment. He has gone through special training and will gladly explain the complete procedure before treating with botox.