What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word “Botox?” We don’t know the answer, for sure, but we have a hunch that it is probably not “dentist.” Maybe it should be!
Your dentist in South Miami is an expert in the structures and muscles of your face, not just your jaw. Your dentist has always been committed to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals. Botox treatment is just one more way that they do that. It’s another element in a suite of cosmetic treatments ranging from teeth straightening to teeth whitening, veneers and more. Here’s a brief introduction to Botox treatment you can receive from a dentist near you.
What is the Clostridium botulinum?
“Botox” is one of those words that has become very common in popular culture and media. How often do we actually go behind the word to discover what it really means?
Botox is a neurotoxic protein. It is based on a toxin produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. If it sounds strangely familiar, the same toxin causes a form of food poisoning called botulism.) How does it beautify your appearance, though? When strategically placed, botulinum toxin interferes with the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from nerve endings where nerves meet muscles. Essentially, botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes the muscle by preventing it from being triggered by the nerve. By preventing the muscles from constricting, Botox smoothes lines and creases that are created by the constriction of those muscles. For a few months at a time, the surface of your face will appear smoother.
Receiving cosmetic Botox in Kendall does not reduce the sensitivity of the affected area. It’s not numbed. It can reduce the expressiveness of certain portions of your face, though. The ability to make some tiny microexpressions is affected by the fact that some muscles are temporarily unable to constrict to change the surface appearance of your skin. It’s a downside, but also the very point of Botox in the first place.
Receiving Botox at your dentist
Dentists are able to provide Botox treatment in South Miami as safely and effectively as any dermatologist, physician or plastic surgeon. For many people, the chance to bundle cosmetic Botox in South Miami with dental appointments saves them time and inconvenience.
In as little five to 15 minutes — and without any need for recovery time — your dentist can provide cosmetic Botox near you. Many people find it convenient to schedule short Botox appointments over a lunch break or before work if they’re not combining Botox treatment with regular dental care. It’s that easy to make Botox treatment a regular part of your routine.
Some of the most common locations for Botox injections are on patients’ forehead to reduce wrinkles, at the corners of patients’ eyes to reduce “crow’s feet” and between your eyebrows. Botox is ideal for smoothening dynamic wrinkles, wrinkles caused by movement. If patients are concerned with static wrinkles — wrinkles caused by loss of fat and tissue with age — your dentist in Kendall will offer dermal fillers to plump up the areas beneath those wrinkles. Dermal fillers are commonly used to fill out thin lips, laugh lines and cheeks.
Be sure to talk to your dentist about your cosmetic goals. If there are any aspects of your face that do not meet your expectations — teeth and gums, yes, but relating to your skin as well — let your dentist know. A dentist in South Miami will describe the full range of cosmetic resources they can make available to you to help you to achieve your goals.