This cosmetic treatment does have medical benefits. More than six million procedures are administered now annually. Granted, most are for cosmetic purposes, but there is a list of medical advantages. Let’s take a look at some of the conditions that Botox help and improve. Then we’ll address what Botox is, the simple procedure in the office and the final benefits for you the patient.
Symptoms Addressed with Botox
The popular issues are cosmetic in nature first, so let’s address them first as well. Botox is used often in the face. As we age our skin loses volume and the muscles in the face come closer to the surface. This is through repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting. The end result is more wrinkles. Mostly on the forehead, around the mouth and the tiny crows-feet around the eyes. It will also help with Glabellar lines which are the frown lines between your eyebrows. The likely candidates start as early as 18 and continue to around 65. We all have different facial features and different lifestyles. This cosmetic Botox treatment is elective in nature and the process is simple and painless. The list of medical scenarios that benefit from Botox treatment is surprisingly long. Starting with treatments for blepharospasm, which is muscle spasms of the eyelids. It can help cervical dystonia which is severe neck and shoulder spasms. A common medical issue is that of chronic migraines and Botox can help these. It will
help severe sweating, crossed eyes, over activity of the bladder wall muscle causing urinary incontinence and spasms after a stroke. There is now a list of over 20 different medical conditions to date that benefit from Botox and research continues for more applications.
What is Botox?
Botox is an FDA approved natural protein that is purified for medicinal use. The botulinum toxin type A has proven to be a successful and valuable therapeutic protein even though it comes from a very dangerous bacterium. The actual function of the toxin is when it is injected in extremely small concentrations it works by disrupting and preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching the muscles in question, therefore paralyzing those muscles. So now you can see how it benefits any issues around spasms. Nerves release a certain chemical messenger called acetylcholine where the nerve endings meet the muscle. The messenger attaches to the receptors on the muscle cells and the result is the contraction of the muscle. Botox prevents the release of this messenger with the result preventing the contraction of the muscle cells. The muscles then relax, or are less stiff. Botox, owned by the pharmaceutical company Allergan, has been producing Botox for more than 30 years and has close to 800 patents for even more potential uses of the drug as they continue to do to research and trials.
The Botox Process
As mentioned in the opening, the process is very simple, quick and easy. Botox is minimally invasive and will be administered right in the office of Smile Eden Prairie. A very low dosage of the natural protein is injected gently into the muscle in question, whether it be your forehead, your brow, around your eyes or around your mouth. This only follows a consultation with our Doctores regarding the amount and the area in which will be treated. The amount injected depends on your age, the severity of the wrinkles being addressed and the desired outcome you are pursuing.
Botox Treatment Frequency
It may take several days for the treatment to take effect. Then, depending on the area treated, you will see a noticeable difference up to three to four months. Around this time the nerve blocker begins to wear off and the signal will begin making its way back to the muscles in question. If you find Botox interesting have a consultation with the staff at Smile Eden Prairie. They can discuss the benefits and the limited side effects. This is an elective procedure so understand the cost parameters prior to a treatment. If you didn’t care for the results it will be gone and out of your system in a few months. Have that discussion today and embellish that beautiful smile you have been working on.
Benefits of Botox Treatment
We mentioned symptoms earlier and will repeat some of those now from a benefit standpoint. Known primarily as a cosmetic drug because The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has registered the number one most common complaint with their patients is that of wrinkles. It’s no wonder. The list of medical benefits is growing daily above and beyond that of pure cosmetics. An interesting benefit of late is that of alleviating the symptoms of people with depression. A recent study had 52% of recorded patients that received some facial treatments saw a drop in their symptoms. This finding is based on the facial feedback hypothesis, which is that your facial expression can influence your mood. So when the dental industry spends so much time trying to establish the value of your smile, your facial expressions compliment that smile and works in harmony with that smile. We mentioned the forehead wrinkles, the dropping brow that makes you look unhappy, the crow’s feet around the eyes and the muscles around your mouth directly affecting your smile. Research has proven a decrease in migraine pain with Botox treatments which seem to be based now on reducing light and nausea. A new finding is that of helping out Bell’s palsy patients. By treating the paralyzed side of the face those facial muscles relax and become less painful. It will also reduce unwanted facial tics. We mentioned earlier the ability to reduce or eliminate eye twitching. It is common with overactive bladders, excessive sweating, even patients with severely cold hands. Every year over 2,500 babies are born with a cleft palate and Botox is now being administered to hold the muscles still and let the scar heal.
Contact Smile Eden Prairie
Having Botox Therapy can significantly impact and improve the lives of those with damaged teeth. Scheduling an appointment for Botox Therapy is the first step towards being confident once again. We are here to help you begin your journey towards the perfect smile! Please contact us to set up an appointment for Botox Therapy at (952) 941-9829. At Smile Eden Prairie, we are passionate about your smile and committed to providing you with the quality care you need!