Botox Cosmetic & Therapeutic Treatment in the Dental Office
When you think of Botox, a visit to your dentist probably doesn’t come to mind at all. As a certified member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, our associate dentist, Dr. Christina Skarpalezos, is dedicated to providing the most advanced Botox therapy techniques for her patients at the office of Virginia L. Gregory, DMD in Mt. Pleasant. These services are just one more reason why our office is the go-to provider of comprehensive dental care for patients from Mt. Pleasant and all surrounding communities. Keep reading to find out more about Botox, and feel free to give our team a call to schedule your treatment consultation today.
What is Botox?
Botox® is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin, a neurotoxin administered in the form of a purified protein. Xeomin® (Botulinum Toxin A), is a generic form that is less expensive, often more comfortable, and can last longer than Botox® brand. The Botulinum Toxin (Botox/Xeomin) procedure is really quite simple. Either Botox or Xeomin is injected into facial muscles, but they really don’t affect the muscle at all. Instead, it works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscles. The effects of these products are visible within a week, and results can last 3-6 months.
Why Should I Visit a Dentist for Botox?
Dentists are highly trained in facial anatomy and focused on the way the oral and facial structures work together. With their thorough understanding of the location and movement of each facial muscle, dental professionals are the ideal administrators of both Botox Cosmetic and Therapeutic injections.
Meet Our Botox Provider Dr. Skarpalezos
In order to ensure your safety and the success of therapeutic and cosmetic Botox therapy in our Mt. Pleasant dental office, Dr. Skarpalezos has completed advanced training through The American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), whose mission is to provide hands-on teaching of the best non-surgical and non-invasive facial injectable techniques to healthcare professionals worldwide. This hands-on continuing education makes it possible for her patients to receive a wide range of Botox therapies in complete comfort. As part of her continued dedication to staying at the forefront of advances in the field of dental cosmetics and Botox treatment, Dr. Skarpalezos maintains membership in the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Christina Skarpalezos evaluates each patient specifically prior to treatment to diagnose problem areas and setup a Botox dosage plan that target specific muscles, while still maintaining freedom of expression. Every patient is different, and her AAFE training is targeted to address each patient individually.
What is Botox Used For?
Botox has had a variety of medical and cosmetic uses through the years. The areas typically treated with Botulinum Toxin for cosmetic or facial pain relief purposes are the forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), and into the muscle responsible for clenching. There is no loss of sensory feeling in these muscles. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract, causing wrinkles in the skin to smooth and reducing contraction forces that may lead to TMJ dysfunction.
How Often do You Need Botox?
The frequency of Botox injections depends on the reason for treatment. Since the protein itself is only active for 3-4 months, it is recommended you return for retreatment in that time window to maintain your desired result if problems begin to reappear. When it comes to TMJ application, many patients can “train” their muscle to maintain a more relaxed state while under the effects of botulinum toxin, which may extend relief. However, many sufferers need to visit more frequently if they are showing acute signs of TMJ dysfunction. Whatever your specific need, Dr. Skarpalezos will partner with you to create a treatment plan that keeps you happy, healthy and free from pain and wrinkles!