At Apple Dental Care, our dental team is proud to offer Botox injections.
What is Botox?
Botox is a widely recognized brand of neuromodulating agents. It contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein that has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
The Botox process involves injections containing purified bacteria into the areas of concern which will cause the muscle at the injection point to freeze. Botox releases neurotoxins when injected into the facial muscles, preventing the muscles from contracting and helping them to relax.
At Apple Dental Care, Dr. Cindy Neufeld and Dr. Vanessa Shewchuk are trained in both upper and lower face Botox treatments.
Botox Treatment: What To Expect
Prior to your treatment, you will have the opportunity to discuss any questions to concerns that you may have.
The feeling from the injection is similar to a small pinch and isn't painful. The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin. The needle is very fine in order to help prevent any pain, bruising, or swelling.
It is very important that you do not lay down or bend over for the first couple of hours after your treatment.
Touching or rubbing the treatment area could potentially result in the treatment being moved to other muscles so it is best to avoid doing this. In rare cases, some people report getting headaches after a Botox injection.
What is the process for a botox injection?
Botox can be completed without anesthesia in approximately 15 to 25 minutes. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles, and topical anesthesia (numbing cream) may be used.
Is Botox safe?
Our authorized prescribers are familiar with the relevant anatomy. They will employ measures associated with the safe and effective use of BOTOX, which include proper storage, selection of the correct dose, and proper administration techniques. Our clinicians will provide patient-specific care and, in order to provide safe and accurate care, may ask you about any prior surgery you have received.
How long does a Botox treatment last?
The length of time that your Botox treatment will last depends greatly on the speed at which your body metabolizes it.
What is included with the first consultation?
Your dentist will use your initial consultation to complete a full exam and assessment in order to determine which type of treatment is most suitable for you. If they conclude that Botox is right for you, your treatment appointment will be booked.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
It is highly recommended that you avoid alcohol leading up to your Botox treatment. We also recommend that you stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to treatment as these can increase the chance of bruising.
What are the risks associated with Botox?
While it is rare to experience side effects from Botox, if you do have side effects then they will be mild and improve quickly. They can include:
- Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Headache or flu-like symptoms
- Droopy eyelid or eyebrows
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Eye dryness or excessive tearing
If you do experience more than mild side effects that last hours to weeks after receiving Botox, call us immediately.
Who should avoid Botox treatment?
Botox treatment is not meant for everyone and should be avoided by:
- People with infection at the proposed injection site.
- People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections.
- People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles.
- Children under the age of 18 years.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What are some things to remember for aftercare?
- Try to contract the treated muscle areas periodically for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows to allow the toxin to reach all of the treated muscle.
- Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massages for 48 hours to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection.
- Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.
Interested in Botox treatment? Get in touch.
Our team would be glad to discuss your options for Botox treatment with you.