Facial rejuvenation with Botox Cosmetic
What is Botox?
Botox is a natural purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a smoother and improved appearance.
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
The Botox protein blocks the release of a neurotransmitter in the muscle, temporarily stopping the nerve impulse. As a result, Botox produces a dose-dependent weakening and relaxing of that muscle without systemic effects.
HOW IS BOTOX ADMINISTERED?
Tiny injections of Botox are administered under the skin by a qualified practitioner. Dr. Caroline determines the dosage and location of these injections to get the results you desire.
WHAT ARE THE COSMETIC EFFECTS?
Botox relaxes the muscle under the skin. Since the skin is attached to the muscles beneath them, the muscle contractions that produce fine lines and wrinkles are diminished. The clinical effect begins a couple of days after administration with a peak effect at two weeks. The effects plateau and then gradually wear off until full nerve recovery at three to four months. The result is therefore temporary.
IS IT UNCOMFORTABLE?
For most patients there is no discomfort due to the very small needles used and techniques that Dr. Krivuzoff-Sanderson applies. Some patients feel an initial pinprick sensation. If there is any discomfort, we are able to reduce this for you.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE TREATMENT?
As part of our service to you, we take a series of "before" photographs in order to discuss with you your esthetic concerns and desires. After the consultation, estimate, and consent is completed, the treatment may take 15 to 30 minutes. The benefit to you is that there is no down-time, and many patients will return to work or carry on with their day immediately after. You will return in two weeks to take the series of "after" photographs to analyze the results, and we are able to make any small adjustments to your dosing should you desire.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost of treatment varies by patient, depending on the desires of the patient, and the dosing required in achieving the results. It varies by gender and the type of wrinkles being treated. Men generally require more than women. This is discussed during the consultation with Dr. Krivuzoff-Sanderson.
Considering botox treatment?
There are many reasons why people chose to receive Botox treatment. From wanting to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, to alleviating the pain of migraine headaches, Botox has been used successfully in both esthetic and therapeutic applications for over 30 years.
In order to provide these treatments to patients, dentists have had to train in these procedures to be certified by the Alberta Dental Association and College. Dr. Caroline is able to use neuromodulators to treat Esthetic concerns of the Upper Face, Mid-Face, and Lower-Face/Neck, as well as the Therapeutic concerns of Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, TMJ, Bruxism (Tooth grinding), and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction.
Why a Dentist to do Botox?
Dentists are in an excellent position to offer this treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Botox?
Botox may or may not be the right treatment for you. The ideal candidates for treatment are:
Treating Pain and Dysfunction with Botox Therapeutic
Botox can be used to treat (either directly or as an adjunctive therapy) symptoms of the following:
TENSION HEADACHES / MIGRAINE HEADACHES
Treatment for migraine headaches with Botox may improve the severity, longevity and frequency of occurrence of symptoms.
TOOTH GRINDING (BRUXISM) AND CLENCHING
Botox can help to relax the muscles responsible for the destructive forces associated with Bruxism and Clenching and the resulting hypertrophy (bulging out) of the cheek muscles.
Temporomandibular Joint Pain can be complex. Botox is often used in conjunction with other therapies to treat TMJ symptoms. The ability of Botox to alleviate symptoms would depend on the severity of those symptoms and any destruction or dysfunction of the joint. If you have concerns about TMJ pain, please discuss this with Dr. Krivuzoff-Sanderson.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome is characterized by a chronic pain caused by multiple trigger points and fascial restrictions. Pressure on these points can cause pain in seemingly unrelated areas as referred pain.